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Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law & Arbitration

Short-cycle tertiary education (ISCED 2011 level 5)


Cost S$10,000

With the support and encouragement of the Faculty and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law and Arbitration (GDMLA), for non-lawyers, has been offered by NUS Law since 2008. Designed for students who do not possess a first degree in law, the Diploma provides specialized training in maritime law and arbitration to professionals such as master mariners, marine engineers, and graduates from other disciplines working in the maritime sector. 

Like its sister programme, the LLM (Maritime Law), the Graduate Diploma allows individuals from Singapore-based companies who are able to furnish evidence of full sponsorship or a letter of support from their companies or the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to pursue the course on a part-time basis over two years.

Candidates from overseas will be required to complete the Graduate Diploma in one year.

Candidates must be a qualified Master Mariner, or marine engineer, or have a tertiary degree in another discipline, such as maritime studies, or business. It is essential that candidates demonstrate that they have relevant working experience in the maritime sector. Candidates must also meet the same standards of English proficiency as students in the LLM programme.

To complete the course, students will be required to take 32-36 credits (generally, 8 modules) of coursework modules. The programme is specially designed such that students who complete the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration programme will be granted 12 credits toward the total credits required for the Graduate Diploma. Please refer HERE for details on the GDMLA programme.

While some classes are offered after office hours, others may be conducted on weekdays during office hours.

Through the integration of the Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration into the Diploma in Maritime Law and Arbitration, students will obtain the benefit of training in commercial arbitration, as well as the advantage of two qualifications. This is also designed to reflect the emergence of arbitration as an important means of dispute settlement in the shipping world.

The course fee for the Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law & Arbitration incorporates the fees for the Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration. If students start off and enrol first in the Graduate Certificate before embarking on the Graduate Diploma, separate programme fees are payable.

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