Taught course

Maritime Law

University of Southampton · School of Law

Entry requirements

Minimum upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in law (or degree with a substantive legal component) from an approved university; other qualifications and experience considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Maritime law is a complex and fascinating specialised area of law. It brings together many aspects of law (e.g. contract, tort, bailment, agency) together with a plethora of international conventions attempting to harmonise the legal arrangements between states in order to facilitate trade and reduce conflict. Taught by internationally renowned experts, the LLM Maritime Law develops the skillset required to advise, litigate and negotiate based on the rules of admiralty, international trade, marine insurance, carriage of goods by sea and air, ship sale, purchase and finance, marine environmental law, dispute resolution and the public international law of the sea.

This prestigious programme attracts students from across the world who are taught by internationally-renowned experts working at the very forefront of the development of maritime law in the UK and globally. The internationally-acclaimed Institute of Maritime Law is an integral part of the School and the Institute’s staff make a major contribution to teaching on the programme.

Core modules: Dissertation - LLM
Option modules: Admiralty Law; Carriage by Air; Carriage of Goods by Sea; Commercial Conflicts of Laws and International Litigation; Ship Finance (half option); The Law of Ship Sale & Purchase (half option); Corporate Governance of Boards (half option); Corporate Governance – Shareholders’ Rights (half option); EU Competition Law; Insurance Law; International Commercial Arbitration; International Law of the Sea; Fundamentals of Public International Law (half option); Dispute Settlements in International Law (half option); International Trade Law; IT Law and Public Policy; International Marine and European Environmental (Liability) Law; Marine Insurance; World Trade Organization Law and Regional Economic Integration.

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Information for international students


Fees and funding



Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Business and Law
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