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LLM Maritime Law

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 2 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost International students - £ 18812, UK/EU students - £ 9250

With a global reputation for maritime research and world-leading specialist academics, Southampton Law School is the best place in the UK and one of the best places in the world to study for a masters in maritime law.

Southampton Law School has a long-standing tradition and a global reputation for its LLM Maritime Law. This exceptional programme gives you access to the specialist knowledge and practical know-how that will be essential for your professional live, from academics working at the cutting edge of research and scholarship in maritime Law. Given the essential role of shipping to global trade, maritime law practice remains a strong legal sector that offers excellent career opportunities. Southampton - as a quintessential port city and being home to numerous shipping industry organisations - offers the ideal background for your studies.

Southampton’s LLM Maritime Law is taught by globally-renowned experts who are at the forefront of the development of national and international law. You’ll gain the knowledge and practical skills required to advise, litigate and negotiate, based on relevant legal frameworks such as international trade, internet and environmental law and the rules of admiralty. The degree’s highly flexible structure allows you to choose modules that will help you achieve your ambitions. The wide range of options includes key modules that provide the essential know-how for a career in the maritime industry, such as Carriage of Goods by Sea, Marine Insurance, Admiralty Law and International Trade Law. Maritime law is a complex and fascinating specialism that opens up a broad range of career options. Whichever path you choose, our diverse student community and extensive industry connections will enable you to build a global network of contacts that will be invaluable for your future.

The LLM Maritime Law programme develops your practical legal skills required to advise, litigate and negotiate, within a module structure that allows you to shape your degree towards your particular interests.

The LLM Maritime Law draws on the research strengths of the School’s academic staff who are active at the cutting edge of international and national legal reform and development. The expertise of the staff has been recognised as being of international excellence, and in the School of Law we are strongly committed to providing the very best learning experience for all our students in a friendly, stimulating and research-led environment.

This challenging and prestigious degree attracts talented students from around the world. Some already have legal training, while others come from backgrounds such as shipping, business or engineering. All are looking to gain specialist expertise that will help them stand out from the competition.

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2021/22 entrants

Structural components

Application procedure

Start date: end of September

Closing date: 31 July (but early applications are encouraged especially for international students needing to obtain visas)

Visit our Postgraduate Applications page for more information.

Grant opportunities

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Academic Prerequisites

An Upper Second Class Bachelor's Degree in Law is normally required, BUT account may also be taken of practical work experience or professional qualifications (for example as a Master Mariner) within a relevant field of study.

We welcome applications from international students.

English Language Prerequisites

Band F, IELTS7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

For more information visit our English Language Proficiency page.

Progression to this LLM programme

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning.

ISCED Categories

Project management
Policy and governance
Marine and maritime law