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Why this course?. The world's oceans and seas are crucial to sustaining life on Earth. They can reduce poverty, ensure food security, and address equity issues. Read more

Why this course?

The world's oceans and seas are crucial to sustaining life on Earth. They can reduce poverty, ensure food security, and address equity issues. This means we must understand the relationship between the International Law of the Sea and other elements of international law concerning sustainable development. 

The International Law of the Sea is always developing. At the moment, negotiations are ongoing in New York, for instance, towards the development of a new legally-binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. 

This course focuses on the interface between the International Law of the Sea and other areas of international law. These areas include international biodiversity; human rights; trade; and investment law. It'll give you the knowledge and skills you need to understand ocean governance and all it contains. You'll receive advanced, specialised and comprehensive knowledge of the science, policy and international law of ocean governance. You'll also learn about other areas of international law related to sustainable development. You'll build upon your analytical skills to understand and contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of the International Law of the Sea. Upon graduating from this course, you'll be able to take part in international negotiations of the Law of the Sea and other related processes.

World-leading experts

You'll be taught by world-leading experts and practitioners. They'll draw upon cutting-edge academic research and their direct involvement in ocean law and governance processes. 

Flexible learning

We offer a flexible blended-learning programme. It's a great option if you're an early or mid-career professional who may not be able to take a whole year off to study. You'll study remotely aside from two one-week intensive residential sessions in Scotland. These sessions give you the opportunity to strengthen your expertise and skills and build upon your professional network.

Background

To study this course, you should have relevant work experience in ocean governance or a background in ocean science and/or policy. You don't need a previous law degree.

What you'll study

We cover a wide range of area of expertise in ocean governance essential from a sustainable development perspective:

  • the protection of the marine environment
  • the management of marine and coastal biodiversity
  • the relationship between climate change and oceans
  • food security and fisheries sustainability
  • the opportunities and challenges of blue growth (tourism, hydrocarbon and mineral resources exploitation and exploration, shipping and commerce, marine renewables) 

Employability 

Your international employability is at the heart of this course. The taught elements of the course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue or advance careers in international organisations and national governments involved in international, regional, EU and/or transnational oceans law matters. You'll also be qualified to work within think tanks, consultancy firms, private companies and non-governmental organisations that operate at international, regional, national and sub-national level. The course directors will provide tailored advice on international careers.

Facilities

Our library has a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs. It also has key law report series and houses extensive collections in government publications and other related areas. You'll have access to a wide range of electronic information, which you can access from home. This includes all major legal databases and course materials.

Course content

All classes are worth 20 credits. This course is available full-time and part-time, with three potential exit points. 

Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)

You'll receive 60 by completing three classes

Who's it for?

Ideal for time-constrained professionals with some background in this area. If you're looking to further specialise while deepening your understanding of the interface with sustainable development, this is the option for you.

Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

You'll receive 120 credits by completing all six modules.

Who's it for?

This option may be more suited to time-constrained professionals with no background in International Law of the Sea.

Master’s degree (LLM)

You'll gain 80 credits by completing all six modules and preparing a dissertation.

Who's it for?

This is a good option if you're considering a research-oriented career. It could lead you to academia, think-tanks, governments or relevant international organisations.

Learning & teaching

The blended-learning format of this course comprises two intensive residential sessions in Scotland and distance-learning sessions online.

The first residential session takes place during the second week of October (allowing you to conduct preparatory readings during the month of September), and the second residential in early January. During the residential sessions, teaching is conducted in a seminar style. Students will be provided with a reading list and a set of questions to prepare prior to each seminar. Guest speakers will act as facilitators of discussion among students. Seminars are complemented by individual and group presentations and exercises; “lounge sessions” to discuss informally with global experts current challenges in the field of oceans governance and sustainable development, and the status of ongoing international negotiations; and social and professional networking activities.

The distance-learning component of the programme will engage students in further readings to deepen students’ knowledge on specific areas addressed during the residential sessions, online discussion forums and a variety of skill-enhancing exercises, with the continuous support of the programme directors.

Assessment

Assessment takes a variety of forms to hone different skills: coursework assignments, including essays, group discussions and presentations. Some of the assessments will be based on real-life assignments that the teaching staff have engaged within the context of their practical experience in international consultancies, with a view to developing and enhancing students’ skills of immediate relevance to global employers. Students seeking award of the Master’s Degree (LLM) will need to complete a dissertation, which will allow them to hone further their skills in legal research, analysis and reasoning



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The course will appeal to applicants who are interested in the law of the sea and international law, but who do not necessarily want to study the commercial aspects of a Maritime Law degree. Read more
The course will appeal to applicants who are interested in the law of the sea and international law, but who do not necessarily want to study the commercial aspects of a Maritime Law degree.

The course focusses predominantly on international law, with a particular emphasis on the law of the sea. Students will acquire expertise in the multifaceted interface between the different fields of international law, whilst also developing specialist knowledge of the law pertaining to the sea. The skills learnt on this programme are adaptable to work in international bodies (e.g. the UN), international courts and tribunals, and international law firms; as well as in roles relating to piracy or marine pollution (e.g. the ICC Commercial Crime Services, the International Maritime Organisation, the Marine Management Organisation and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency).

Employment Opportunities
Graduates of this programme will have employment opportunities with international law firms; international organisations (e.g. United Nations, World Bank, World Trade Organisation, European Union); international courts and tribunals; ‘think tanks’ and research centres; and non-governmental organisations and government (e.g. Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs). Some graduates may also progress to teaching and/or research.

Compulsory modules:

Research Methods
Public International Law
International Law of the Sea
Dissertation (on a topic within the international law of the sea)
Optional modules (choose three):

International Environmental Law
International Criminal Law
International Law of Armed Conflict
Admiralty Law
International Human Rights Law
Structure
Programmes commencing in September:

Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits.

The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Programmes commencing in January:

Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits.

The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.undertaken during the period of June to September.

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Adequate availability of clean water is indispensable for food supply and health and hence key for the development of societies worldwide. Read more
Adequate availability of clean water is indispensable for food supply and health and hence key for the development of societies worldwide. However, pressure on water resources is increasing due to fast demographic and socioeconomic growth and unsustainable water uses. The concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) combined with current climate change adaptation best practices offers solutions to deal with these challenges by assessing and managing this precious resource in space and time considering other related sectors. Worldwide, there is a high and growing demand for experts adequately trained on the concepts of IWRM. Next to technical and managerial knowledge, they should also be familiar with the practices of projects between Europe and Vietnam and well trained in intercultural communication, language, culture and
politics.

The objective of the program is to capacitate such experts in the field of IWRM and related concepts and methods within the context of European-Vietnamese cooperation. The program targets graduated professionals with working experience in public or private institutions, authorities and enterprises of the water sector. The applicants should be active in or dealing with water or natural resources management and have an interest in learning and working in an intercultural and multidisciplinary environment.

The profile of the Master program “Integrated Water Resources Management - South East Asia” (IWRM SEA) is practice oriented. The aim is, besides providing the participants with an overview on the water sector in general, to educate experts in the field of Integrated Water Resources Management. This requires a diversification of their knowledge and leads to the capability of cross-linked thinking. The answer to complex environmental and water related problems requires economic and managerial competencies more than classical technical knowledge. The program addresses bachelor´s degree holders which wish to acquire management and leadership skills and develop appropriate solutions considering the linkages of water with economic, social and ecological aspects. The consolidation of different disciplines has not only a methodological dimension but a cultural and a human one, because interdisciplinary team work requires knowledge sharing and effective communication.

Contents

The program consists of basic modules, like “Water Science”, “Principles of IWRM”, “Water Economics”, ”Water Governance” and “Project and Business Management” with the aim of providing an overview on water resources management, economics, project management and the regional and institutional context. In addition, the participants select 10 specialized electives related to topics of water resources management and technology tools emphasizing the particular situation. The first and second semester will be conducted in Hanoi at the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources while in the third semester the student will study at TH Köln, Germany.

The fourth semester will focus on the preparation of the master thesis. Internships and research stays if possible together with a local institution or company guarantee the practical orientation of the master research. Tutors pay particular attention that the knowledge acquired in the first three semesters is applied in the individual projects.

Tuition

Tuition fees in Vietnam, basic course fees for field trips, conference participation and course material.

Funding

Applicants may receive one of the limited numbers of scholarships. Available are full time scholarships from the DAAD “Sur-Place” Program for Vietnamese and foreign applicants.

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Global population, economic growth and on-going environmental deterioration are increasing the pressure. on existing natural systems. Read more
Global population, economic growth and on-going environmental deterioration are increasing the pressure
on existing natural systems. Their ability to provide natural resources such as food, water and energy is at risk and waning. Under conditions of globalization, these processes are most forceful in developing countries and emerging economies with high growth rates, low awareness, loss of existing traditional knowledge bases and weak governance structures. This calls for specialists and leadership in order to develop and employ managerial, economical, governance, and technical solutions. Next to technical and managerial knowledge, they should also be familiar with the practices of projects between Europe and Vietnam and well trained in intercultural communication, language, culture and politics.

The objective of the program is to form such experts in the field of NRM and related concepts and methods within the context of European-Vietnamese cooperation. Participants are provided with appropriate knowledge and skills to analyze current problems related to the usage and management of natural resources. The program targets graduated professionals with working experience in public or private institutions, authorities and enterprises of the natural resources sector. The applicants should have an interest in learning and working in an intercultural and multidisciplinary environment.

The master program “Natural Resources Management & Development - South East Asia” (NRM SEA) provides a practice oriented and skills-based learning experience in which students develop their capacity for critical thinking, and creative problem solving. It addresses bachelor’s degree holders principally of Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences, who aim to deepen their knowledge in Natural Resources Management and wish to acquire management and leadership skills as well as regional and intercultural competences. These experts ought to be able to assess natural resources and develop appropriate solutions considering the complex linkages with economic, social and ecological aspects. The consolidation of different disciplines has not only a methodological dimension but a cultural and a human one, because interdisciplinary team work requires knowledge sharing and effective communication.

Contents

The program consists of basic modules, like “Management of Natural Resources Systems”, “Natural Resources Economics and Governance”, ”International Cooperation and Development” and “Project and Business Management” with the aim of providing an overview on natural resources management, economics, project management and the regional and institutional context. In addition, the participants select 10 specialized electives related to topics of natural resources management and tools emphasizing the particular situation. The first and second semester will be conducted in Hanoi at the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources while in the third semester the student will study at TH Köln, Germany.

The fourth semester will focus on the preparation of the master thesis. Internships and research stays if possible together with a local institution or company guarantee the practical orientation of the master research. Tutors pay particular attention that the knowledge acquired in the first three semesters is applied in the individual projects.

Tuition

Tuition fees in Vietnam, basic course fees for field trips, conference participation and course material

Funding

Applicants may receive one of the limited numbers of scholarships. Available are full time scholarships from the DAAD “Sur-Place” Program for Vietnamese and foreign applicants.

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The International MA Program in Maritime Civilizations offers students an exceptional opportunity to explore the history, archaeology, and fabric of maritime societies, as well as the natural environment in which they developed and the anthropogenic environments in which they currently exist. Read more

The International MA Program in Maritime Civilizations offers students an exceptional opportunity to explore the history, archaeology, and fabric of maritime societies, as well as the natural environment in which they developed and the anthropogenic environments in which they currently exist. Students enrolled in the program examine a variety of fields pertaining to maritime civilizations and the marine environment, including coastal and underwater archaeology, marine biology and ecology, maritime history, maritime geology, and geomorphology.

The interdisciplinary curriculum offers advanced knowledge and research training to students interested in exploring human interactions with the sea in a dynamic learning environment.

What you will study

Over the course of study, special emphasis is placed on harbors, ships, and seafaring as part of the maritime heritage of the Mediterranean. The program sheds light on the ecological and geomorphological dynamics in the eastern Mediterranean and their influence on the interaction between man and the sea in ancient and modern times. This program provides a balance between frontal lectures and learning that is based on ongoing, active research carried out in the field and laboratories at the Department of Maritime Civilizations and the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies.

Culminating in a capstone project, the one-year program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October until September. Students wishing to pursue the thesis track are encouraged to do so and will need to submit a research thesis within one year of completing their coursework.

Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Arts in Maritime Civilizations.

Field work

Field activities are an integral part of the program. They expose students to applied science, a variety of research methods, a first-hand acquaintance with the sea and an introduction to the challenges of marine studies. The curriculum includes field trips as well as field-based courses and research. Students will also be required to participate in a summer internship program, during which they will work on a field project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Courses

Core Courses

  • Marine and Coastal Research Methods
  • Mediterranean Maritime Civilizations (A): the Bronze and Iron Ages
  • The Mediterranean Sea: Ecology, Geology, and Oceanography

Seminars

  • Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • Seminar on Global Sea Level Changes and Their Effect on Human Civilizations
  • Seminar on Sea Trade and Interregional Interactions in the Mediterranean: From the Bronze Age to the End of the Iron Age

Field Trips to the Coastal Sites of Israel 

Elective Courses

  • International Law of the Sea
  • Mediterranean Fisheries and Aquaculture: Past, Present, and Future
  • Mediterraenan Maritime Civilizations (B): from Archaic Greece to the Ottoman Empire
  • Scientific Applications in Maritime Archaeology
  • Ship and Marine Installations: A Model-Building Workshop
  • The Historiography of the Mediterranean

Summer Projects include: Coastal and Marine Geology, Biology, and Ecology; and Coastal and Underwater Archaeology

This is a sample curriculum. For more information on the course curriculum and course descriptions please click here

Scholarships

This program is approved for MASA scholarship. Information on scholarships and financial aid can be found here.



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With the eastern Mediterranean as our natural marine laboratory, the International M.Sc. Program in Marine Geosciences provides students with a unique opportunity to develop practical scientific experience at sea alongside a rigorous academic curriculum. Read more

With the eastern Mediterranean as our natural marine laboratory, the International M.Sc. Program in Marine Geosciences provides students with a unique opportunity to develop practical scientific experience at sea alongside a rigorous academic curriculum.

Established in 2007 as part of the multidisciplinary Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, the Department of Marine Geosciences combines research and graduate studies of the marine environment in the following main disciplines: exploration geophysics, seafloor mapping, remote sensing, geodynamics, tectonics, marine and coastal sedimentology, geochemistry, chemical and physical oceanography.

The two-year MSc program will begin in October.

What you will study

Topics to be covered include: the structure of the seafloor; the Earth’s crust below it and the search for energy sources (oil, gas, hydrates); the dynamics of the water body above it; sea level variations and their relation to tectonic and climate changes; coastline developments in present and past times; and, finally, present and past influences on human evolution. Students will have the opportunity to interact with central research institutions in Israel including the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute, the Geological Survey of Israel, the Geophysical Institute of Israel and other industrial institutes.

Taught in English, the program can be completed in two years and begins every October. Coursework, field trips and an educational cruise are held during the first two semesters, the summer semester is dedicated to establishing a research proposal, while the second year is dedicated to conducting research. Students will be required to submit a research thesis at the end of the second year of the program. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Science in Marine Geosciences.

For a full and detailed list of the program curriculum, please visit here.

Full Scholarships for outstanding students from China and India!

Careers

Graduates of the program will be well-placed to pursue careers within government research agencies, onshore and offshore site investigation contractors or consultancy companies, and various branches of higher education and research.

Field Work

Students will gain practical experience in marine geophysical survey work through hands-on field activities. The program includes educational research cruises to the deep sea, coastal and underwater field excursions, as well as geological field trips to marine structures currently exposed onshore. The research and educational cruises are carried out in water bodies in and surrounding Israel – the Mediterranean, the Dead Sea, the Red Sea and the Sea of Galilee.

Courses

Core Courses

  • Geophysical Investigation of the Marine Environment
  • Signals Analysis - Fundamentals and Application
  • Geology of Marine Sediments
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Geochemical Oceanography
  • Hydrography
  • Educational Cruise
  • Scientific Writing and Research Presentation
  • Interdisciplinary School Seminar
  • DMG Colloguium

Elective Courses

  • Intoduction to Geology
  • Introduction to Geophysics
  • Seismic Processing and Imaging
  • Processes in Marine Geology
  • Numerical Methods in Physics of Continuum
  • Processesing and Analysis of Seismic Data: Workshops
  • Seismic Data Interpretation
  • Two-Phase Flow
  • Tectonics of the Oceans
  • Geology of the Eastern Meditteranean
  • Seafloor Morphology
  • Topics in Coastal Geomorphology
  • New Frontiers in Marine Research
  • Miscropaleontolgy
  • Paleoceanography
  • Natural Energy
  • Underwater Geoarchaeology in Caesarea
  • Paleolimnology of the Dead Sea Region: Field Trip
  • Marine Geology of Mt. Carmel, Exploring the Cretaceous Seafloor: Field Trip
  • Coastal Geomorphology: Field Trip

For more information on the course curriculum and course description please click here.

Faculty

Currently, the Department of Marine Geosciences faculty includes seven senior members and six adjunct faculty members. The department is currently under the leadership of Professor Uri S. Ten Brink whose fields include marine geophysics, tectonics, earthquakes, landslides and tsunami hazards.

For a full list of faculty staff and their specialisations please visit here.

Scholarships

This program is eligible for MASA scholarship.

A number of full-tuition scholarships for outstanding students from China and India are available.

Further information on scholarships and financial aid can be found here.



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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study International Maritime Law at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study International Maritime Law at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The sea constitutes two-thirds of the entire planet and is of fundamental importance to human activity, sustaining life, providing commerce and navigational routes and a substantial proportion of our natural resources. Taking into account the need to regulate such a wide range of sea-related transactions, this specialised LLM has been developed with a view to providing students with a sound and relevant body of information and understanding of Shipping Law. The course focuses on various aspects of maritime law, from the different contracts for the carriage of goods to marine insurance, international trade and law of the sea.

Key Features of International Maritime Law

Swansea University has been at the forefront of international research in the area of international maritime law. The LLM in International Maritime Law course is thereby built upon the wide range of high calibre research produced by the members of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, who are also teaching at the LLM in International Maritime law. Teaching is research-led and practice-driven aiming at producing global graduates educated and equipped for distinguished personal and professional achievement. Teaching methods are geared towards our students’ needs, conducted mainly through seminars and tutorials in small classes.

The LLM in International Maritime Law requires commitment to study throughout one calendar year. Students are given the opportunity to develop a number of important skills which are not only essential to those wishing to become lawyers but are valuable, transferable skills in themselves in other employment contexts. The Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies offers its postgraduate students dedicated resources, including IT facilities and teaching rooms. Students are fully supported by the College's dedicated Law Librarian and the Law Library holds an extensive selection of legal materials and on-line services such as Lexis and Westlaw. Students are encouraged to make full use of the facilities offered by the Postgraduate Faculty and, in particular, to take advantage of training sessions run by the Faculty, such as the legal research methods and Employability sessions, as well as of the Visiting Lectures’ series.

Modules

The LLM in International Maritime Law is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits.

Students undertaking an LLM in International Maritime Law are required to take four modules from the following list. At least two of the options must be drawn from the asterisked (*) modules.

Admiralty Law (*)

Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air (*)

Charterparties: Law and Practice (*)

Law of the Sea (*)

Marine Insurance Law (*)

Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities (*)

E-Commerce

International Commercial Arbitration

International Trade Law

Ship and other Mobile Assets Finance Law

Part II is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects) and is weighted at 60 credits. The LLM Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period following the successful completion of the taught modules and are designed to enable LLM students to develop their research skills.

For further information on modules, please visit the LLM in International Maritime Law page.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Throughout their studies, LLM students are provided with the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities and enhance their practical understanding of shipping, insurance and commercial practice. Such activities include;

- employability lectures

- guest lecture series delivered inter alia by former judges, directors of international organisations and prominent partners from city law firms

- networking events, including an Annual LLM Career Fair

- visits to a number of leading enterprises within the City of London which also give our students another chance to network with professionals working in the commercial and maritime field

- mooting training throughout the year, including tailored guidance and weekly training classes

- free English language classes designed to assist you in improving your critical legal thinking and writing

Careers and Employability

The International Careers Adviser at Swansea runs weekly workshops for international students for example, on how to improve career prospects and improve interview techniques. The Postgraduate Department also employs two dedicated LLM employability officers who run a series of talks to develop the skills of LLM students and inform their career plans.

The Department also enjoys close links with many City law firms. For example, one of our professors on the LLM programme was a senior partner, and is now a consultant with, Ince & Co, a leading London law firm, specialising in international trade, insurance and shipping law. The ISTLprovides training programmes for London City solicitors, P & I Clubs and shipping organisations. The Swansea LLM is well known internationally. Many of our graduates secure employment shortly after completing their degrees. Several international firms keep a close relationship with the Department of Shipping and Trade Law and regularly send representatives for guest lectures and graduate recruitment purposes. Also every year the Department hosts the LLM Careers Fair which is attended by representatives from a wide range of local and international organisations. The Fair enables our LLM students to meet and talk face to face with prospective employers. For further information on the Employability initiatives, please visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/shipping-trade-law-department/llmemployabilityinitiativesandresults/.



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International maritime policy may be broadly defined as the area of private and public policy concerned with the economics of maritime transport, ports and terminals; national and international regulation; maritime security and defence; maritime labour; and oceanic law, policy and management. Read more

International maritime policy may be broadly defined as the area of private and public policy concerned with the economics of maritime transport, ports and terminals; national and international regulation; maritime security and defence; maritime labour; and oceanic law, policy and management.

International and interdisciplinary in approach, the programme is of interest to maritime professionals in both sea- and shore-based sectors seeking to develop an in-depth understanding of current issues and future developments, public policy professionals seeking to develop maritime expertise, and graduates in maritime studies and public policy areas seeking further specialisation and postgraduate qualifications.

The programme combines lectures, tutorials, group and individual projects, and seminars, and provides opportunities to learn from the experience of those directly involved with international maritime policy.

Professional development

Maritime at Greenwich keeps in close touch with developments in the maritime sector through its advisory committee, representing a range of specialist professional interests. Certain courses are accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. Other links include those to the museum sector, in particular the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, the Maritime London Promotion Group, the Greenwich Forum, Sea Vision UK and the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Group.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Distance learning

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Students are assessed through coursework and a dissertation.

Professional recognition

Graduates can pursue careers in maritime administration, international organisations, maritime non-governmental organisations.



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The emergence of the Law of the Sea Convention and establishment of Exclusive Economic Zones has given coastal states extensive and comprehensive rights and obligations over marine resources in vast areas of ocean. Read more
The emergence of the Law of the Sea Convention and establishment of Exclusive Economic Zones has given coastal states extensive and comprehensive rights and obligations over marine resources in vast areas of ocean. Wise management of ocean resources is essential if the full economic potential of these new entitlements is to be realised. To ensure the continuing biological productivity of these areas, the level and type of development of activities such as waste dumping, mineral extraction, recreation, industrial and urban growth, fisheries and aquaculture, need to be controlled, and interactions of these often conflicting activities resolved by management.

This MSc is a full-time one-year course, consisting of 9 months taught course and 3 months research project, and examined by continuous assessment. The course provides theoretical and practical training in measuring and quantifying marine resources and the effects of conflicting usage upon them. It provides a sound scientific basis on which to develop policy and make decisions on marine resource exploitation and protection around the world.

Course Aims
To broaden the student's awareness of the economic potential of the ocean, to generate an understanding of the major marine biological resources and the physical processes controlling these resources, to provide theoretical and practical training in measuring and quantifying these resources and the effects of conflicting usage upon them, to enhance those skills necessary to manage effectively the sea area of national jurisdiction, and to produce graduates with appropriate experience for developing policy and making decisions on marine resources and other marine uses for their individual countries or regions. To date, most graduates have taken up employment in the field of marine environmental protection in the UK and abroad.

You will receive training in the following major modules:

Marine Ecology Skills
Marine Fisheries
Coastal Habitat Ecology and Survey
Marine Environmental Impacts and their Assessment
Marine Conservation and Coastal Zone Management
Research Project design and Planning
Research Project and Dissertation
Modules combine different learning approaches, including taught lectures, seminars and working groups, practicals in the laboratory, on the shore or at sea, as well as personal study and practical research.

Skills Trained
The broad areas covered in each module are outlined below. For more detail on what our current students are studying you can take a look at our online module information.

Marine Ecology Skills
Experimental and survey design
Statistical techniques
Ship work
Taxonomic Workshop
Marine benthos survey
Statistical analysis
Report writing
Marine Fisheries
Fisheries biology
Fisheries resources
Fisheries survey at sea
Population dynamics of fin fish
Coastal Habitat Ecology and Survey
Coastal habitat ecology
Survey techniques
Planning biological surveys
Risk assessment
Team field survey
Marine Environmental Impacts and their Assessment
Physical and chemical processes causing impacts
Development of the coastal zone
Environmental Impact Assessment
Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement
Consultant / Developer interviews
EIA public meeting
Marine Conservation and Coastal Zone Management
Environmental remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems
Coastal Zone Law
Socioeconomics
Biodiversity
Conservation
Sustainability
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Coastal Zone Management Conference
Research Project Design and Planning
Literature review
Project proposal development
Scientific peer review
Research Project and Dissertation
Health and Safety
Practical research at home or overseas
20,000 word dissertation

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This LLM is a product of the strength of the School of Law in three complementary areas. shipping, environmental and PIL. A high proportion of international trade is conducted by sea, involving annually in excess of four billion tonnes of cargo. Read more
This LLM is a product of the strength of the School of Law in three complementary areas: shipping, environmental and PIL. A high proportion of international trade is conducted by sea, involving annually in excess of four billion tonnes of cargo. The sea is not, however, merely a medium for transport. It harbours vast resources; under the sea bed and in its waters.

The LLM in Maritime Law embraces both private and public law and addresses aspects of the private law of shipping It also embraces important public international law issues that are addressed at regional and global levels.

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The MPhil programmes provide research training, supervision and collaboration to international standards. You can choose a wide range of topics within our marine science research groups. Read more
The MPhil programmes provide research training, supervision and collaboration to international standards. You can choose a wide range of topics within our marine science research groups.

Your research project will be in one of the areas covered by the marine science research groups:

Marine Resources and Renewable Energy (MRRE)
-Antifouling and ballast water treatment
-Bacterial bioactive products
-Bioenergy

Marine Biology, Ecosystems and Governance
-Structural and functional integrity of ecosystems
-Biological and socio-economic drivers of ecosystem change
-Governance and management of resource use

Oceans and Climate focuses on the production, consumption and air-sea exchange of greenhouse gases.

Depending on your previous academic training and the requirements of the project, you receive formal instruction through taught modules in important areas such as laboratory safety and sea survival.

The research community in the School of Marine Science and Technology includes 30 research students, 10-20 MSc students, six to 10 post-doctoral scientists, six technicians and 13 full-time academic staff. This provides you with abundant opportunities to progress your scientific career in any sector. Our research students have been successful at finding work across industry, academia, government agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Delivery

This research degree operates through the Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme (PGRDP). This is part of the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) Graduate School.

Your original research project is managed in the marine science research groups. There is flexibility in how your research outputs are achieved. Supervisory inputs and collaborations with other schools and faculties are common. Input from outside the University, eg Research Council (RCUK) CASE studentships, is also encouraged.

The programme of work is tailored to your project requirements. You will achieve a certain number of credits through the PGRDP and School in your first two years. You will also:
-Write a thesis for viva voce examination
-Attend regional and international conferences in your chosen subject area
-Prepare papers for publication in academic journals

Work experience

Many research projects include industrial work experience. Other projects involve working with other universities, government institutes and scientific associations. The marine science research groups form part of extensive national and international networks. Recent collaboration includes:
-The Environment Agency
-Natural England
-Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
-University of the West Indies (Barbados)
-National Oceanographic Centre Southampton (NOCS)
-University of Costa Rica,
-North Sea Regional Advisory Council
-Haribon Foundation

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Our Master’s programme in Public International Law (PIL) at Utrecht University will equip you with a broad range of legal tools to address current global challenges. Read more

Our Master’s programme in Public International Law (PIL) at Utrecht University will equip you with a broad range of legal tools to address current global challenges. PIL is a flexible programme that offers you many options, both during your study period and in your career possibilities post-graduation. As an added benefit, the international mix of students in this programme means that you – by working together – will actually offer each other personal "comparative" insights on international law.

Two specialisation tracks

​In today’s globalised world, public international law addresses complex, challenging issues that touch everyone’s lives. In the PIL programme, you will explore common themes of public international law with the option to take a specialisation in two tracks:

The Environment and Law of the Sea track will teach you significant knowledge of and insight in the international environmental law and law of the sea. The Human Rights track allows you to acquire both the broad overview and skills of a generalist and the in-depth knowledge of a specialist.

MULTIDIMENSIONAL TEACHING AND RESEARCH

You will build relevant and current skills by studying actual cases facing the International Court of Justice and other international dispute settlement institutions. You will develop your argumentation abilities in moot courts, among other training methods and learn to apply your knowledge of the law to real-life situations. This academic, challenging English-taught LLM programme reflects the Law School’s multi-dimensional approach to legal teaching: developments in public international law are best seen from a broad perspective. You will develop general precepts pertaining to worldwide concerns and learn to apply these precepts to specific cases.

ACTIVE, SELF-DESIGNED LEARNING

Our Master’s programme in Public International Law offers you active learning methods in which your own interests, ambitions and aims will guide your learning experiences. Your professors take a supportive role in this self-created, individualised approach to your studies. In the Capita Selecta modules and in your own specialisation, you will be trained in the essential skill of how to quickly deepen your knowledge in a current, specialised legal topic. From the very beginning, you will also take part in research and thesis training that prepares you to write your Master’s thesis, the culmination of your LLM programme. If you have the drive to go the extra mile in your studies, there is – the LLM Honour's Programme – an additional honours programme for the best and most highly motivated students.

SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, BROAD PERSPECTIVES

The Master in Public International Law provides you with thorough and highly individualised training that will prepare you for a legal career in an international environment. You’ll develop your academic and practical abilities through taking part in moot courts, visiting legal and professional organisations and undertaking research focused on your thesis. You will also learn to reflect critically on current legal dilemmas, both human and environmental, presented by our globalised and interdependent world. Whether you aim to build a career as a diplomat, attorney or policy officer in national government, research scientist, legal advisor in an NGO or governmental organisation, or attorney in the legal department of a multinational corporation business, you will learn to work effectively and ethically in the complex world of public international law. When you graduate from this programme, you will receive an LLM diploma.



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The addition of an LLM specialism in International Shipping Law enhances the current offering of specialist LLM degrees offered by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) within the School of Law, making Queen Mary the only college within the University of London to offer a specialism in this subject. Read more
The addition of an LLM specialism in International Shipping Law enhances the current offering of specialist LLM degrees offered by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) within the School of Law, making Queen Mary the only college within the University of London to offer a specialism in this subject.

English law is frequently selected by contracting parties as the applicable law of shipping contracts, with London being chosen as the forum for the resolution of any disputes that may arise, whether in the courts or by arbitration. Thus London is in many ways unrivalled in the UK as a location to undertake studies in this area of law: it is home to the British Maritime Law Association (BMLA) (the UK subsidiary of the Comité Maritime International (CMI)), the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and also to the vast majority of the top-tier law firms for Shipping Law in the UK, as ranked in the Legal 500 and the Chambers & Partners Guides.

Located as it is, in the centre of London, CCLS is the ideal place to read for an LLM degree in International Shipping Law: students will enjoy access to the many resources that the Centre has to offer, including its membership of the BMLA, as well as the resources of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) Library and the libraries of neighbouring London Colleges.

Teaching on modules offered under the International Shipping Law specialism will be enhanced by the contribution of distinguished guest speakers, including legal practitioners from City law firms with many years of experience in maritime law, and experts from the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), established under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). New modules in maritime law subjects will also be available to students selecting other LLM specialisms.

Internships

International shipping company, Andros Maritime Agencies, is to run three internships for LLM in International Shipping Law and LLM in Insurance Law students at QMUL. Read more about the shipping law internships.

Taught modules

Modules:



To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of International Shipping Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM available modules.

All modules are 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed.

The updated module list below represents the result of our ongoing modularisation of the LLM which is intended to offer students greater flexibility and choice of module options.
◦ QLLM050 International Commercial Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM058 International Law of the Sea (45 credits)
◦ QLLM181 Legal Aspects of Paperless Trade (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM182 / QLLG006 Charterparties: Law and Practice (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM183 / QLLG005 Protection and Indemnity Clubs: Law and Practice (Sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM300 / QLLG001 Marine Insurance Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM301 / QLLG003 Maritime Arbitration (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM302 / QLLG004 Carriage of Goods (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM303 / QLLG002 Wet Shipping Law: Collisions and Other Incidents at Sea (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM322 Admiralty Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM383 / QLLG008 International Regulation of Shipping (sem 1)
◦ QLLM384 Law of the Sea, Navigational Freedoms and Practice (sem 2)

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This multidisciplinary programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to take up the exciting job opportunities arising from the recent adoption of marine spatial planning and related developments in marine conservation and the maritime industries. Read more
This multidisciplinary programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to take up the exciting job opportunities arising from the recent adoption of marine spatial planning and related developments in marine conservation and the maritime industries.

Marine spatial planning is now developing as a key component of marine management. It aims to deliver a more organised sharing of sea space between demands as diverse as nature conservation, tourism, ports and shipping, renewable energy, fishing, aquaculture and mineral extraction. It seeks to integrate social, economic and environmental uses of the coast and sea.

Marine planning is being taken up by coastal nations around the world, including Australia, China, the United States of America, South Africa and several European nations, such as Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Some nations, such as the UK, now have statutory provisions for planning their coastal and marine waters and bodies and procedures for preparing marine plans and implementing them. All European Union coastal states are now required to introduce marine planning, following a Directive passed in 2014.

So there is a growing demand for professionals who understand marine science and management on the one hand, and spatial planning, as has long been practised on land, on the other. This postgraduate programme bridges the gap between these two disciplines, and equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to embark on a career within marine management.
This programme leads to the award of a Master of Science degree. It is a full-time, one-year course, though it is also possible to study part-time over two years, combining studies with other responsibilities. This is the first programme of its kind to be accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a specialist Masters course. Gaining the degree is a step towards professional membership of the Institute.

Here is a selection of the topics recently chosen by the MSc students for their dissertations:
• Implementation of Marine Spatial Planning in Portugal
• Global food security: finding space for aquaculture
• Stakeholder Participation in Marine Planning in the UK
• Success factors for offshore wind energy
• China’s system of Marine Functional Zoning
• Assessing the value of sand dune systems in the North West of England
• Stakeholder involvement in the Irish Sea Conservation Zone project
• Reducing the impact of offshore wind farms on seabirds
• Mitigating the impacts of tidal barrages

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CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUSTAINABLE USE OF SEA AND OCEAN RESOURCES. Seas and oceans play an important role in our day-to-day lives, and over 65% of the world’s population lives or works in coastal areas. Read more

CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUSTAINABLE USE OF SEA AND OCEAN RESOURCES

Seas and oceans play an important role in our day-to-day lives, and over 65% of the world’s population lives or works in coastal areas. Vital for our economy and health – as well as for climate, food, and biodiversity – seas and oceans have immense societal significance. However, the oceans are changing rapidly as human-induced pollution and CO2 emissions lead to warming, acidification and deoxygenation of seas and oceans. The impact on organisms, ocean chemistry, and currents on short to long timescales is uncertain, affecting ecosystems, but also the economy and policymaking. 

As part of your two-year Master’s programme in Marine Sciences, you will learn how marine systems and processes operate naturally – and how they change through human intervention. The programme offers multidisciplinary cutting-edge knowledge and research in this rapidly developing field.

Diverse community of students

If you are a science student with an educational background in biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science, this programme offers the perfect preparation for a career as a marine scientist. Students with a Bachelor's degree in another natural science or technical discipline and students from University Colleges who would like to contribute to the sustainable use of sea and ocean resources are also invited to apply.

Multidisciplinary approach

Essentially, all outstanding issues in Marine Sciences are multidisciplinary. A broad, holistic research approach to this rapidly developing field is therefore necessary to identify risks, improve future scenarios, and to make the transition towards sustainable interactions between man and seas and oceans.

Crucial questions you will investigate during your studies include: 

  • How does global warming and changing ocean circulation impact ecosystem functioning?
  • How do changing ecosystems affect ocean chemistry?
  • How does a change in ocean chemistry affect biology?

Marine science research expertise

Utrecht University has the most extensive in-house expertise in marine sciences of all Dutch universities, and our staff participate in numerous international marine programmes and projects. The multidisciplinary focus of the programme will prepare you for a challenging career in a wide range of international organisations that are active in coastal areas and oceans and in harnessing society for future ocean change. 

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE

The Marine Sciences Master’s programme will enable you to gain a broad understanding of marine systems, but also specialise in the physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes taking place in seas and oceans. You will investigate how seas and oceans functioned in the past, are functioning at present, and will function in the future. 

You will explore issues such as energy and climate change, mining, pollution, the flow of traffic at sea, fisheries policies, and coastal defences. Examining the consequences of these themes – such as the fact that the disappearance of the Arctic’s summer ice cap will allow drilling for oil and gas – requires an multidisciplinary approach.



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