LLM in Maritime Law

General information

Transport at sea - what happens when something goes wrong? If you are curious about the rules and regulations that govern the shipping industry and want to learn more about the legal side of this international business, then the LLM in Maritime Law is the programme for you. The program will be particularly well suited for young lawyers who would like to work in an international setting, but should also interest students who have practical experience from the shipping industry.

In addition to maritime law, you will have the opportunity to learn more about related international topics, like marine insurance law, petroleum law and English contract law among others. The programme puts weight on giving the students a practical approach to legal problems in the maritime field. The practical approach is sought by doing exercises based on real life situations, several field trips to maritime actors in the shipping industry in the Nordic countries and by letting the students take part in a moot court competition.

The LLM in Maritime Law is completed by writing a master thesis. Writing a thesis gives a genuine possibility to specialize and concentrate on selected issues in Maritime Law, based on the student’s own interests. It is also an opportunity to train the skills in comparative analyses.

Learning outcome:

During the programme you will be introduced to advanced legal theory and method and develop your skills in comparative legal analyses. You will be trained in basing your legal opinion on the relevant legal sources. Theoretical and methodological skills will be developed through class room lectures, seminars, the writing of essays and class room discussions.


The aim of the programme is to provide thorough knowledge of the rules and framework of international commercial affairs related to shipping. The LLM aims to develop the student’s ability to see the practical effects and make comparative analyses of different sets of regulations within the complex field of maritime commercial activity.

Contact Person: Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law (nifs-studies@jus.uio.no)


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

0311 - Maritime economy", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0421 - Marine and maritime law


Venue: University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway


Open from
1 Feb 2016 to 1 Mar 2016


Since the University of Oslo is a state university and therefore publicly funded, the students here do not pay tuition fees. Most students must pay the semester fee and the copy fee (except ERASMUS, Nordplus/Nordlys and most Bilateral students).This fee gives you the benefit of the services of the Foundation for Student Life (SiO).


Admission to master's degree studies requires:

  • Higer Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with education from outside Norway, please refer to the country list to check if you fulfill the Higher Education Entrance Qualification. Applicants with education from Norway, please see if you meet the requirements for "generell studiekompetanse" here: GSK
  • a specialization defined by the programme: Either 80 ECTS in Law or 80 ECTS in Maritime Studies.
  • a minimum grade point average (GPA) of C (in Norwegian scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • a language requirement documented by one of the tests/exams below: a) An internationally English language proficiency test or b) Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) in Norwegian upper secondary school with a minimum grade of 4 (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or alternatively passed examination in English from second and/or third school year.

Application Procedure:

Applicants need to register their application at the online application system (SøknadsWeb) at the University of Oslo. You have to upload all required documents in SøknadsWeb.

In addition to the general required documents listed in the link above you are required to upload the following: CV and Motivation letterNote! You can be asked to send in or upload further documentation like course descriptions which contain information about the  courses you have completed (e.g. a document containing links to relevant websites) at  a later stage in the application process.

Optional documentation: Letters of reference  or Documentation of professional experience are welcome. Such letters usually strengthen your application.

When to apply 

Applicants residing in Norway and Nordic citizens

Study programmes starting in August:

  • The application portal opens 1 February.
  • The application deadline is 15 April (1 March if you qualify for an early result).
  • You will receive your application results within 5 July.

Study programmes starting in January:

  • The application portal opens 15 September.
  • The application deadline is 15 October.
  • You will receive your application results within 13 December

Applicants from outside EU/EEA and Switzerland

Admission is once a year.

  • The application portal opens 15 October.
  • The application deadline is 1 December.
  • You will receive the result of your application in April/May.
  • Studies start in August

Applicants from EU/EEA and Swiss citizens

Study programmes starting in January:

  • The application portal opens 15 September.
  • The application deadline is 15 October.
  • You will receive your application results on 13 December.

Study programmes starting in August:

  • The application portal opens 1 February.
  • The application deadline is 1 March.
  • You will receive your application results on 2 May.

Grant Opportunities:

This programme/study option is also offered to eligible candidates under the Norwegian Quota Scheme. Read more about scholarships


Academic level: Master


At the end of each course, except for the specialized seminars and the mock trial, a 4 hour written examination will be given. Students will be tested in their ability to present their knowledge on a specific topic. For the three specialist seminars the students have to write an essay on a given topic. During the mock trial preparations the students will be assessed by their activity and participation in the team work. In order to evaluate the ability to work independently students are expected to write a master's thesis. Students will be tested in how to find and analyze relevant material and make a systematic presentation of legal arguments.

Qualification: Master of Law

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