The renowned part-time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in International Maritime Law has been offered by Lloyd's Maritime Academy since 2002 and is now offered in partnership with, and awarded by, WMU. The programme develops leading knowledge and awareness of international trade and maritime law increasing 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 with the experience of leading legal practitioners, delivering the best International Maritime Law Postgraduate Diploma available.

The 16-month programme is comprised of an introductory module, 8 core modules and 4 specialist modules of which students will select one. The introductory module is assessed by a written assignment. The Core Modules are assessed by 4 pieces of written coursework and one of the two papers of the Final Examination. The other paper of the final examination assesses the Specialist Module. 

The syllabus, delivered online addresses:

Introductory Module

  1. An introduction to the English legal system

Core Modules 

  1. International Trade Law:  An introduction to English Commercial Law and International Sales
  2. Bills of Lading Contracts
  3. Charterparty Contracts
  4. Marine Insurance Law
  5. Admiralty Law and General AveragePart A:  Salvage and Collisions
  6. Part b:  General Average
  7. Payment and Finance for International Trade
  8. Litigation, Arbitration and MediationPart A:  Litigation, Arbitration and ADR
  9. Part B:  Enforcement of Judgements and Awards
  10. Conflicts of Laws and Forum Shopping

Specialist Modules

  1. Ship Finance Law
  2. Oil and Chemical Pollution
  3. European Union Competition Law in Shipping
  4. The Four Pillars of Maritime Regulation

Materials are available online and tutor support and networking opportunities with your peers are available through the dedicated programme forum.  Participants will also be invited to three optional seminars during the course of the programme.  

Award and Continuation to an LLM
Upon passing all assessments at the required standard, the student may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in International Maritime Law. Alternatively, the student may continue to follow a programme leading to the degree of LLM.

The LLM Programme will, in addition be offered as a stand-alone degree programme, to students who have not followed the Postgraduate Diploma programme but meet equivalent entry requirements.   

Fees and Costs
Fees for the programme cover course materials, required textbooks, seminars, and the examination in Malmö or London, tutorial support and feedback, as well as WMU e-library acess. They do not include the costs of travel and accommodation for the seminars and examination. Participants must cover the costs of any special arrangements they may request, such as the delivery of course materials by special courier or an alternative examination location. For specific information about fees, please visit the International Maritime Law ( page found at Lloyds Maritime Academy.  

More information
For more information please contact:
World Maritime University: +46 (0)40 356 300 or
Lloyds Maritime Academy: +44 (0)20 3377 3622 or