LLM Law of the Sea

General information

The course will appeal to applicants who are interested in the law of the sea and international law, but who do not necessarily want to study the commercial aspects of a Maritime Law degree. The course focusses predominantly on international law, with a particular emphasis on the law of the sea.

Students will acquire expertise in the multifaceted interface between the different fields of international law, whilst also developing specialist knowledge of the law pertaining to the sea. The skills learnt on this programme are adaptable to work in international bodies (e.g. the UN), international courts and tribunals, and international law firms; as well as in roles relating to piracy or marine pollution (e.g. the ICC Commercial Crime Services, the International Maritime Organisation, the Marine Management Organisation and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency). This programme offers both January and September starts.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Public International Law
  • International Law of the Sea
  • Dissertation (on a topic within the international law of the sea)

Optional modules (choose three):

  • International Environmental Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Law of Armed Conflict
  • Admiralty Law
  • International Human Rights Law
Learning outcome:

Career prospects: Graduates of this programme will have employment opportunities with international law firms; international organisations (e.g. United Nations, World Bank, World Trade Organisation, European Union); international courts and tribunals; ‘think tanks’ and research centres; and non-governmental organisations and government (e.g. Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs). Some graduates may also progress to teaching and/or research.

Contact Person: Bangor Law School’s Admissions Office (law.pg@bangor.ac.uk)


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Venue: Bangor University
Bangor, United Kingdom

School of Law
Bangor University, Menai Bridge
Anglesey, LL59 5AB, UK



UK/EU applicants: £5.000 (per annum)
Non-EU applicants: £12.250 (per annum)

For more information about tuition fees, see Tuition fees.


Degree Requirements
A minimum of a 2(ii) degree in a relevant subject from an approved University. Alternatively, possession of a suitable professional qualification or relevant practical experience may be accepted. In general, all applicants are judged on their individual merits. Work experience and other factors are also taken into consideration.

Language Requirements
International applicants are normally required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum English language requirements are normally:

    • IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each individual component score
    • Pearson PTE: a score of 62 (with no element lower than 58)
    • Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 176 (with no element lower than 169)

    Application Procedure:

    Apply using the online application form. After you have completed the form on-line, you will have to produce paper copies of a number of documents (certified where you’re unable to provide the originals), such as academic transcripts, degree certificates, confirmation of financial support, and English language test results.

    Application deadline: The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June (for September intake) or the end of October (for January intake) to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer (e.g. in the case of overseas students, taking an IELTS Test to meet the English Language requirement).

    Grant Opportunities:

    There are also several funding options for postgraduate studies on the website of Bangor University: link 1link 2.


    Academic level: Master

    Qualification: Master of Law

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