LLM in Maritime Law

General information

The Specialist LLM in Maritime Law provides you with an opportunity to acquire and develop the knowledge and skills for this niche practice of law. Maritime law as a specialist field of law is offered only in a small number of universities in the UK. At the City Law School, you will be given expert tuition in the law relating to shipping contracts, marine insurance, international sale contracts, admiralty matters and arbitration, to name a few. The emphasis of the programme is on understanding how law works in relation to shipping contracts, insurance, admiralty practice, international sale of goods, commercial arbitration etc.

Why the City LLM in Maritime Law?

  • Be taught by highly regarded professors and practitioners experienced in maritime law and practice
  • Learn in small classes of between 6 and 30 students
  • Benefit from the School's internship, placement, job experience and international summer school opportunities
  • Benefit from lecturers that have written respected texts and research papers in the areas you are studying
  • Benefit from the activities and networks of the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group (LUMLPG)
  • Study in London, the global maritime centre, at a School with an international reputation for maritime law

To qualify for this specialist Master in Maritime Law, you must complete a total of 180 credits. You must complete at least 90 credits of taught modules in the specialist pathway as well as a dissertation (of either 30 or 60 credits) in the same area of specialisation. The remainder of the credits may be completed by offering any other LLM modules. Below are the specific modules for Maritime Law:

  • Admiralty Law (30 credits)
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea (30 credits)
  • Law of International Trade (30 credits)
  • Marine Insurance (30 credits)
  • World Trade Law (30 credits)
  • International Law of the Sea (30 credits)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (30 credits)

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training) Supervised dissertation of 30 credits) OR supervised dissertation of 60 credits.

Placements. Each year a small number of internships become available and you will be provided with information about such opportunities and how to apply during the year of your study.

Contact Person: Gray's Inn Campus (law@city.ac.uk)


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

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


Venue: City University London
London, United Kingdom

The City Law School
Gray's Inn Campus
4 Gray's Inn Place
London WC1R 5DX


Open from
1 Aug 2016 to 12 Sep 2016



  • Full-time: £11,000
  • Part-time: £5,500 per year


  • Full-time: £16,000
  • Part-time: £8,000 per year

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.


Who is it for? The Specialism in Maritime Law will appeal to students at all stages of their career and from around the world who have an interest in legal practice as it relates to maritime issues. It will enable students with this focus to develop their career in private commercial practice or in-house in this specialized sphere of commercial law.

Applicants should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and must be fluent in written and spoken English.

We expect applicants who are not nationals of English-speaking countries OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree taught in English to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.

Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered, but it should be noted that this may restrict the choice of modules where content is dependent on a prior knowledge of law.

How do we make our decision? In reaching our selection decisions we will take account of:

  • Academic performance
  • Reasons for choice of courses / career
  • Evidence of intellectual ability
  • References
  • Relevant work experience / activity

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students. If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London, offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities.  Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

Degree Requirements
Applicants should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline. 

Languange Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are also required: IELTS: 7 or above with a minimum of 6 in each area

Note! due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs, TOEFL is no longer accepted as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements. If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

Application Procedure:

You can apply online for the full-time course or the part-time course. You are also able to apply by completing the Application form (PDF) and Reference forms (PDF) and sending them to the following address:

The City Law School Admissions
City University London
4 Gray's Inn Place


Grant Opportunities:

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding. See our range scholarships, prizes and loans that can help you pay for your course.

Future Finance Loans. Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

For further information and ideas about how to fund your course, visit Financing your study.


Academic level: Master


Assessment will draw on a range of approaches which include written coursework, presentations, skills work, in-class tests, projects and a dissertation.  The purpose of this is to assess a range of different skills and knowledge, as well as exposing you to different approaches.

The majority of modules on the Maritime Law LLM course will be assessed on the basis of written coursework of 5,000-5,500 words.

The 30-credit dissertation module will involve the submission of a dissertation of 10,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director. If you decide to offer the 60-credit dissertation instead, you are required to submit a dissertation of 20,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director.

Most modules have a single summative assessment with 100% weighting but there are some where there is more than one assessment and the weighting for each will be 50%.

You have the option of completing formative coursework in each module. The formative assessment will give you an opportunity to understand and appreciate the academic attainment levels expected. At different stages of the programme, it provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate legal research, quantitative, cognitive and other skills in addition to your knowledge and understanding of the subjects.

The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to display competence in legal research. It allows some autonomy and enables you to show that you can manage information as well as developing complex arguments and innovative ways to solve problems.

Each assessment tests whether you:

  • have grasped the relevant principles;
  • are able to analyse and interpret those principles critically;
  • are able to apply them to complex factual problems; and
  • can present the relevant points in concise, clear and grammatical terms.

Modules. To qualify for this specialist Masters programme in Maritime Law, you must complete a total of 180 credits.

You must complete at least 90 credits of taught modules in the specialist pathway as well as a dissertation (of either 30 or 60 credits) in the same area of specialisation.

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)

  • 10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) or
  • 20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)

Qualification: Master of Law

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