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Masters Excellence Scholarshipsup to £500,000 in tuition fee discounts available

Shipping Law (LLM)

1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

The LLM Shipping Law programme offers a detailed investigation of the theoretical and practical issues that arise within maritime law and can help students to develop the expertise necessary to become a specialist in this major area of commercial law.

Special Features

Course Description

Around 90% of global trade is carried by sea. It remains the most cost efficient method for transporting raw materials and finished products around the world. This requires a complex network of contracts involving ship owners and operators, cargo owners, banks and insurers.

The United Kingdom has a long standing expertise in the law relating to these transactions, and provides dispute resolution services for parties with no connection to the UK. Moreover, the potential exploitation of marine resources (whether mineral or fish) is fertile source of dispute between States.

The LLM Shipping Law provides students with a general appreciation of current issues in specific areas of law, both domestic and international, stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivate independent and original thought, and enables students to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law.

Course Structure

Stage 1

Students will study four modules, each worth 30 credits. At least two of these must be from the following core modules:

The remaining modules may be chosen from the list of available modules offered by the Law School. Assessment will usually be by means of a 5,000 word essay, or another approved method.

Stage 2

Students will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation with staff supervision. This will be submitted in September for full-time students, and in December in the second year for part-time students.

Skills Acquired

Students will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. Through the programme students will be presented with opportunities to extend their communication and presentation skills, both oral and written. Various opportunities will also be provided to develop collaborative skills, take leadership roles and enhance skills of disciplined and independent study. All students are provided with training in postgraduate research skills to develop their independent legal analysis, research and writing.

Career Prospects

Students successfully completing the LLM programme may have the opportunity to continue their legal study through the School’s PhD programme or through the Centre for Professional Legal Studies professional programmes (the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course

Entry Requirements

Students will be required to have achieved at least a 2.2 degree in Law, although other qualifications may be considered.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components, or an equivalent English language qualification.

Early application is strongly advised, normally well before the end of July. Please see our How to Apply pages for more information.

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scheme

This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding.  It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study, or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University.  Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Admissions Team LLM Social Care Law, Shipping Law, Human Rights Law and Law & Governance of the European Union  

Telephone: +44 (0)2920 876102 



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