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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
An introduction to the English legal system
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
Ship Finance Law
Oil and Chemical Pollution
European Union Competition Law in Shipping
The Four Pillars of Maritime Regulation
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The Admissions Board will consider applicants who meet the minimum general entrance requirements, which are:
LLM IN INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW
- 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.
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW
- 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.
Fees & Costs
Time frame: 11 months (LLM) / 16 months (Postgraduate Diploma)
Credits: 30 EC (LLM) / 60 EC (Postgraduate Diploma)
Book before 19 June 2020
Postgraduate Diploma in International Maritime Law: £6,300 / USD $7,875
Full LLM in International Maritime Law: £11,150 / USD $13,940
LLM Continuation in International Maritime Law: £5,220 / USD $6,525
Book after 19 June 2020
Postgraduate Diploma in International Maritime Law: £6,700 / USD $8,375
Full LLM in International Maritime Law: £11,950 / USD $14,940
LLM Continuation in International Maritime Law: £5,620 / USD $7,025
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The Residence has a range of facilities, including a lounge area for social meetings or group work, study rooms for group work, facilities for playing pool and table-tennis, a sauna, laundry facilities and indoor storage space for bicycles.
Passports and Residence Permits
Make sure that you have a passport that is valid at least as long as your whole study period, and has plenty of empty pages left, so that you can be issued with any visas you need while you are at WMU.
You should apply for a residence permit as soon as you get your enrolment packet, even if you do not need a visa to enter Sweden (note: if you are an EU national, different rules apply). Under our agreement with the Swedish Government, students of the MSc in Maritime Affairs programme (but not those on the PhD programme) are issued with a Swedish residence permit for the whole period of their studies. This permits you to travel to Sweden via other Schengen countries without obtaining additional or transit visas.
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If you are planning to bring your family to join you in Malmö, it is compulsory to take out private medical insurance to cover them. The University insurance for you cannot be extended to your family. (See the section below on Should you bring your family to Malmö? for more information.)
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Should you bring your family to Malmö?
Many students wish to bring their families to Malmö, but in reality very few can afford to do so. It is costly and making arrangements for your family is time-consuming, especially in a foreign country. Students find their studies very demanding and difficult to balance with family life.
If you make the decision to bring your family you should in any case arrive here alone. This will allow you to make suitable arrangements for their accommodation, as children are not allowed to live at the Student Residence at any time. The cost of renting a basic apartment is currently around SEK12,000 per month, plus utilities. Very few apartments are currently available, especially in this low price range.
The arrangements made by the University apply only to students, and not to dependants. If you want to bring your family, you must arrange financial support for them, quite apart from any fellowship that you may yourself hold. Your home government or employer is expected to continue to pay your salary while you are studying at the University, particularly to support your family, whether they remain in your home country or come to Malmö. Such arrangements are entirely a matter for students and their sponsoring government/organisations, and do not involve the University in any way.
If you intend to bring your family to Malmö, you must obtain the necessary immigration clearance for them to enter Sweden before they leave your home country. You must be able to demonstrate to the Swedish authorities that you can support your family financially, in line with Swedish regulations, and that you can afford the necessary health insurance for the whole period of their visit. Such insurance is quite expensive.
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Instead of bringing their families for the whole period of their studies, many WMU students arrange a shorter visit during the summer months or at graduation.