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PgDip + LLM International Maritime Law

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Cost $14495

WMU offers two International Maritime Law programmes, an LLM and a Postgraduate Diploma, in partnership with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy which is part of KNect365, a division of Informa plc, one of the world’s leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events businesses.

The Postgraduate programme has been designed to develop knowledge of international trade and maritime law. Students will increase their understanding of how commercial trade ventures may give rise to legal issues. With English law recognized internationally as the dominant legal system providing the basis for maritime and trade contracts, and with London as the single most important forum for settling disputes both through court litigation and arbitration, this programme studies law in relation to how it is applied in practice. This distance learning programme brings together the intellectual rigour of academia and the experience of leading legal practitioners, delivering the best Maritime Law Postgraduate Diploma available.

The LLM provides an advanced understanding of a specialist area of maritime law and enables practitioners in both the legal field and maritime industry to enhance their career prospects. It improves students’ research and independent study skills as well as the ability to develop substantiated critical argument. It is open to students who have completed successfully the Postgraduate Diploma in International Maritime Law and who hold an LLB (or equivalent) degree.

The programmes can be completed independent of one another. For more information about this, please go to

Structural components
Research Project

Learning outcomes

This programme of study will develop your:

  • Academic knowledge and awareness of international trade and maritime law,
  • Increase your understanding of how commercial trade ventures may give rise to legal issues
  • To allow students develop an advanced understanding of an aspect of International Maritime Law
  • To further students’ understanding of the interrelation between legal research and an understanding of the rationale and limitations of International Maritime Law;
  • To offer the programme in a mode of study that accommodates students’ other commitments and career development.


The Admissions Board will consider applicants who meet the minimum general entrance requirements, which are:


  • A Postgraduate Diploma in International Maritime Law
  • A first degree in Law or, on an exceptional basis, another first degree with substantial elements of law.

Competence in English is required, as evidenced by a standard, internationally acceptable examination of English.


  • An undergraduate degree in a related field, or the highest grade Certificate of Competency for unrestricted service as a master mariner or chief engineer
  • Non-graduates with approved professional qualifications or who have sufficient professional experience may also be considered

Students who have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Law can apply directly for the LLM in International Maritime Law, providing they meet the entry requirements - find out more here.

ISCED Categories

Policy and governance
Marine and maritime law