LLM Master of Laws: Maritime Law specialist pathway

General information

Studying an LLM Master of Laws offers unrivalled academic stimulation, the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the law and specialise your knowledge in a particular area, and improved career prospects at the highest level whether that be in practice or academia. Specialisms include International Commercial Law, European Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Human Rights Law and Maritime Law.

The LLM is available to study over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Taught components of the degree are delivered over the first and second terms leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your dissertation. 

During the programme you will be required to study taught modules and write a dissertation which together will total 180 master level credits. The dissertation, of between 12.000 and 18.000 words, is worth 60 credits and can be written on a topic of your choice, under the supervision of an expert in your chosen field. Remaining credits are obtained from a combination of taught modules, the majority of which comprise 30 credits and are taught across the first two terms.

Formal teaching is delivered via weekly three-hour lectures or seminars, depending on group size. Course materials are delivered directly by academic staff, and you are encouraged to actively engage in discussions and debates. You will be in control of your own learning, appropriately supported by peers and staff including a personal tutor.

The LLM in Maritime Law is designed specifically for students who wish to study shipping and international trade law in detail. The modules are particularly suited to students who intend to pursue careers in chartering, trade and marine insurance (including Protection and Indemnity Clubs). English law is widely adopted in other jurisdictions, so a study of English law is particularly important.

Maritime Law Modules

  • Admiralty Law
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • International Trade
  • Marine Insurance
Contact Person: Dr Séverine Saintier (S.Saintier@exeter.ac.uk)


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0421 - Marine and maritime law


Venue: University of Exeter
Exeter, United Kingdom

Law School
Streatham Campus



Tuition fees per year 2016/17

  • UK/EU: £7,700 full-time; £3,850 part-time
  • International: £16,500 full-time


Degree Requirements
A Law degree of at least a 2:1 Honours or equivalent, and have a sound understanding of the basic principles of public and private law. We are happy to consider students with qualifications or degrees other than in Law, eg. Social Sciences, Humanities, Accountancy or Business Studies, if such qualifications include a substantial legal element, or if you can demonstrate substantial relevant legal experience. Non-law students will be required to take a 15-credit law introductory module.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS overall score of 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in any section.
  • TOEFL IBT overall score of 92, with no less than 22 in any section.

Applicants with lower scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing  their programme.

Application Procedure:

Apply for this programme using the online application system. You will need to include in your application the following supporting documents:

  • A transcript (in English or a certified translation) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained.
  • English language proficiency results
  • One completed reference

Application Deadline
If there are spaces available, you can apply up to the start of your programme.

  • Advisory deadline for international students: beginning of May
  • Advisory deadline for home/EU students:Mid-July

Grant Opportunities:

Funding. Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our taught Masters programmes.

University funding. The Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.


Academic level: Master


As well as the dissertation, assessment is comprised almost entirely of extended coursework essays, with written examinations in some modules where appropriate.

Qualification: Master of Law

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