LLM International Shipping Law

General information

The addition of an LLM in International Shipping Law enhances the current offering of specialist LLM programmes offered by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) within the School of Law, making Queen Mary the only college within the University of London to offer a specialism in this subject.

English law is frequently selected by contracting parties as the applicable law of shipping contracts, with London being chosen as the forum for the resolution of any disputes that may arise, whether in the courts or by arbitration. Thus London is in many ways unrivalled in the UK as a location to undertake studies in this area of law: it is home to the British Maritime Law Association (BMLA) - the UK subsidiary of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and also to the vast majority of the top-tier law firms for Shipping Law in the UK, as ranked in the Legal 500 and the Chambers & Partners Guides.
Located as it is, in the centre of London, CCLS is the ideal place to read for an LLM in International Shipping Law: you will enjoy access to the many resources that the Centre has to offer, including its membership of the BMLA, as well as the resources of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) Library and the libraries of neighbouring London colleges.
Teaching on modules offered under the International Shipping Law specialism will be enhanced by the contribution of distinguished guest speakers, including legal practitioners from City law firms with many years of experience in maritime law, and experts from the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), established under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). New modules in maritime law subjects will also be available to students selecting other LLM specialisms.
Your fellow students will come from the UK and more than 80 other countries, each able to draw on prior academic and in many cases professional experiences from different jurisdictions to enrich discussion and debate in class.

Why study your LLM in International Shipping Law at Queen Mary?

  • The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
  • The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.
  • There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
  • We have dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.
  • Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
  • We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve your writing and research in law skills. 
  • You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.

Each of the LLM programmes follows a common format: you will take 135 credits worth of taught modules (examined in May-June) and thereafter you work on a 15.000-word dissertation worth 45 credits (submitted mid August). The LLM Year Planner gives you an idea of the structure of the programme and key periods for assessment and exams.

Contact Person: (LLMadmin@qmul.ac.uk)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0311 - Maritime economy", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "0421 - Marine and maritime law

Venue

Venue: Queen Mary University of London
London, United Kingdom

Application


Cost:

Full-time programme

  • UK/EU students: £13.000
  • Overseas students: £18.950

Part-time programme (per annum over 2 years)

  • UK/EU students: £TBC
  • Overseas students: £TBC

Prerequisites:

Law graduates. The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

Non-law graduates. Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.
In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.
A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.

International applicants. Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information you require, please contact the Admissions Office.


Application Procedure:

Due to the introduction of new specialist modules, we are now to remain open for applications for September 2016 entry. However, please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. If you are an international student and require a visa you will need to allow for the length of time needed to process your visa. For further information please visit our International Student pages. We reserve the right to close for applications at any stage. You may continue to apply for 2016 until notified of our closure date via this website.

How to apply - one LLM programme only

You may only apply for one of the School of Law’s LLM London programmes at a time. This restriction does not include the LLM Law and Economics programme or the LLM in Paris programme,  which you may still apply for. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further non-LLM London programme should you wish.

If you apply for one of the LLM London programmes, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team atlawpgadm@qmul.ac.uk - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.

Use the online application forms for the course according to your prefred study mode: full-time programme form, part-time programme form. You must provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Completed application form
  • Degree transcripts
  • Two references
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume

Although not mandatory, you are encouraged to send in the following documents in support of your application: 

  • Statement of purpose (should explain why you want to study your chosen programme and how it will help your life and career. Typically one side of A4 paper.)
  • IELTS/TOEFL certificate (if applicable) or other acceptable proof

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Grant Opportunities:

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students. For more details and eligibility criteria, please visit the 'Funding a masters' webpage of the University and the Funding Opportunities from the School of Law.

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Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the three taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15.000-word dissertation.


Qualification: Master of Law

Credits:
Scheme: 
UK Credits
Value: 
180
Occupations (not validated):
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