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Maritime Law

The programme provides students with the opportunity to obtain a much deeper understanding of cutting edge maritime law in a wide range of subjects, including admiralty law, carriage of goods by sea, international sales, marine insurance and world trade law.
The specialist LLM course in Maritime Law provides you with an opportunity to acquire and develop the knowledge and skills for this niche practice of law. Maritime law as a specialist field of law is offered only in a small number of universities in the UK.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and be fluent in written and spoken English. Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered.

Course modules

Admiralty law; carriage of goods by sea; law of international trade; marine insurance; world trade law; international law of the sea; international commercial arbitration.

Assessment methods

Assessment will draw on a range of approaches which include written coursework, presentations, skills work, in-class tests, projects and a dissertation. The purpose of this is to assess a range of different skills and knowledge, as well as exposing you to different approaches.

The majority of modules on the Maritime Law LLM course will be assessed on the basis of written coursework of 5,000-5,500 words.

The 30-credit dissertation module will involve the submission of a dissertation of 10,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director. If you decide to offer the 60-credit dissertation instead, you are required to submit a dissertation of 20,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director.

Most modules have a single summative assessment with 100% weighting but there are some where there is more than one assessment and the weighting for each will be 50%.

You have the option of completing formative coursework in each module. The formative assessment will give you an opportunity to understand and appreciate the academic attainment levels expected. At different stages of the programme, it provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate legal research, quantitative, cognitive and other skills in addition to your knowledge and understanding of the subjects.

The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to display competence in legal research. It allows some autonomy and enables you to show that you can manage information as well as developing complex arguments and innovative ways to solve problems.

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