International Maritime Law - LLM or Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

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. 

LLM in International Maritime Law 

This 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. 

Programme Information

Time frame:   11 months
Credits:          30 EC (plus 60 EC from the Postgraduate Diploma programme)
Fees:              £5,520

Entry Requirements

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.

Programme Content

The programme consists of two parts, and students are supported by an e-learning platform, where the programme coordinators will provide tutorial support and generate forum discussion. They are also invited to attend a one-day seminar in London. Research in law requires an understanding of the interrelationship between theory, method and research design, practical skills and particular methods, the knowledge base of the subject and methodological foundations. The first module prepares students for the Dissertation component, the topic of which focuses on an area of interest to individual students. Students will receive full guidance and support from the academic programme coordinators throughout the dissertation writing process.

Researching International Maritime Law made up of a literature review, comprised of 2,500 words, which counts for 40% of the module marks; and a research proposal comprising of 1,500 words, which counts for 60% of the module marks.

A research-based Dissertation: independent study, supported by access to three comprehensive handbooks giving extensive guidance and the supervision of the academic coordinators. 

More information

Additional information can be found on the Lloyd's Maritime Academy LLMprogramme page or via the contacts below:

World Maritime University: +46 (0)40 356 300 or
Lloyds Maritime Academy: +44 (0)20 7017 4483


International Maritime Law Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

The 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 recognised 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. 

Programme Information 

Time frame:    16 months
Credits:           60 EC
Fees:               £6,600

Progression and Awards

Students who pass all assessments at the required standard may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in International Maritime Law. Alternatively, a student who holds a bachelor’s degree in law may continue to follow the programme leading to the degree of LLM in International Maritime Law.

Programme Content

The programme consists of an introductory module, eight core modules and a choice of four specialist modules. It is assessed by five written assignments and a final examination consisting of two papers. During the programme you will be invited to attend three optional seminars that provide additional support.

Introductory Module:
An introduction to the English legal system

Core Modules:  
International Trade Law
Bills of Lading Contracts and Charterparties 
Marine Insurance Law
Admiralty Law & General Average
Payment & Finance for International Trade
Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation
Conflicts of Laws and Forum Shopping

Specialist Modules:
Ship Finance Law
Oil and Chemical Pollution 
European Union Competition Law in Shipping
The Four Pillars of Maritime Regulation

More information

Additional information can be found on the Lloyd's Maritime Academy International Maritime Law Postgraduate Diploma programme page or via the contacts below:

World Maritime University: +46 (0)40 356 300 or
Lloyds Maritime Academy: +44 (0)20 7017 4483