Entry requirements

An upper-second class bachelor’s degree or higher in law or in a degree with a substantial legal component. Work experience also considered.

Months of entry


Course content

With a global reputation for maritime research and world-leading academics, Southampton Law School is one of the best places in the UK to study for a master’s in maritime law.

You’ll begin your programme with an intensive, one-week induction on the common law designed to help you to familiarise yourself with the legal system of England and Wales at postgraduate level. You will go on to develop your practical legal skills required to advise, litigate and negotiate based on relevant legal frameworks such as international trade, internet and environmental law and the rules of admiralty.

This exceptional programme gives you access to the specialist knowledge and practical know-how that will be essential for your professional life, from academics working at the cutting edge of research and scholarship in maritime Law.

Southampton Law School is home to a vibrant port city with maritime institutions including The Institute of Maritime Law, The National Oceanography Centre Southampton, The Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, and The research division of Lloyd’s Register. Southampton, as a quintessential port city and being home to numerous shipping industry organisations, offers the ideal background for your studies.

Given the essential role of shipping to global trade, maritime law practice remains a strong legal sector that offers excellent career opportunities. The degree’s highly flexible structure allows you to choose modules that will help you achieve your ambitions. The wide range of options includes key modules that provide the essential know-how for a career in the maritime industry, such as Carriage of Goods by Sea, Marine Insurance, Admiralty Law and International Trade Law.

This challenging and prestigious degree attracts talented students from around the world - our diverse student community and extensive industry connections will enable you to build a global network of contacts that will be invaluable for your future.

Information for international students

IELTS language requirements band G, IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 6.5 in each component. For more information on accepted English Language tests, please see our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)23 8059 4393