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Law of the Sea

The course covers the law of the sea and international law, but not necessarily the commercial aspects of a Maritime Law degree. The course focuses predominantly on international law, with a particular emphasis on the law of the sea. Students will acquire expertise in the multifaceted interface between the different fields of international law, whilst also developing specialist knowledge of the law pertaining to the sea. The skills that are learned on this programme are adaptable to work in international bodies (e.g. the UN), international courts and tribunals, and international law firms; as well as in roles relating to piracy or marine pollution (e.g. the ICC Commercial Crime Services, the International Maritime Organisation, the Marine Management Organisation and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency). The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits, taught modules will involve the study of 120 credits.

Entry requirements

We normally require a minimum of a 2(ii) degree in a relevant subject from an approved University. Alternatively, possession of a suitable professional qualification or relevant practical experience may be accepted. In general, all applicants are judged on their individual merits. Work experience and other factors are also taken into consideration. 

International applicants are normally required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum English language requirements are normally:

  • IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each individual component score
  • Pearson PTE: a score of 62 (with no element lower than 58)
  • Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 176 (with no element lower than 169)

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

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If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course modules

Compulsory modules: research methods; public international law; international law of the sea; dissertation (on a topic within the international law of the sea); plus 3 from: international environmental law; international criminal law; international law of armed conflict; admiralty law; international human rights law.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,000 (Whole course) International 12 Months
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,400 (Whole course) Home/EU 12 Months

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