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The primary aim of the MSc in International Shipping and Finance (ISF) is to address the educational needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capital intensive shipping industry, by bridging the gap between academic theory and business practice. Read more

The primary aim of the MSc in International Shipping and Finance (ISF) is to address the educational needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capital intensive shipping industry, by bridging the gap between academic theory and business practice.

The programme is designed to provide a unique educational experience that combines research-led, technically advanced teaching by world-renowned academic faculty and senior industry practitioners. The shipping industry itself is highly involved in shaping its structure and contributing to its delivery as well as the career development of its participants. The delivery of this programme is based on a practice centred, hands-on approach. The ultimate objective is to ensure that graduates are equipped with the knowledge, technical expertise and skills required by major employers in the sector. 

You will gain an in-depth understanding of how the shipping and financial markets interact and complement each other. You will specialise in the analysis of shipping markets and cycles, maritime trade patterns and commodities carried by sea, chartering and ship-broking practices, maritime logistics systems, legal aspects in shipping, the selection of alternative shipping finance and investment methods as well as the development, implementation and appraisal of shipping related risk management strategies. You will also gain exposure to securities trading, corporate transactions, valuation, investment strategies and quantitative techniques.

Students on the MSc ISF programme also benefit from our partnership with Spinnaker Global as well as memberships of Maritime London and the Baltic Exchange offering them the opportunity to register as associate members during their study.

Highlights

  • Experience a practice-centred teaching approach that includes specialised workshops, distinguished guest speakers, bespoke simulations and company visits.
  • Receive a Dual Degree Award, with two full time MSc degrees in International Shipping and Finance from both the ICMA Centre and ALBA Graduate Business School
  • Gain international experience with one month’s study in Greece, a country with a long-standing tradition in shipping and the largest merchant fleet in the world
  • Utilise our industry links to access unique work-experience placement opportunities, whilst benefitting from our in-house career development programme and partnership with leading shipping recruitment company Spinnaker Global
  • Benefit from professional exam exemptions from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS)

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3

August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

At ICMA centre

At ALBA

Part 2 optional modules (at ICMA centre)

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 40 (20) credits from the following modules:

Part 3 optional modules

Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:

Learning options

Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.

The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.

Careers in International Shipping and Finance

After completion of the programme you will be well equipped with the knowledge for a successful career in the shipping/ transportation industries, as well as in the wider finance sector.

On average more than 90% of our graduates are in work or further education 6 months after graduation.

Indicative career paths for our graduates are ship-owning and transportation companies, ship-broking/chartering firms, shipping divisions of investment banks, shipping analysis/consulting firms, ship-finance arrangers, port operators, and shipping-related investment funds, among others. The wide curriculum of the programme will also enable you to consider careers in the global investment banking and securities markets.

Internships/Placements

Internship opportunities with leading companies in the shipping industry are available to outstanding MSc ISF graduates. A number of companies have joined our work placement scheme and offer work experience placements to some of our excellent graduates (subject to successful interviews and work permits where applicable). Additional placement and full time opportunities in the shipping industry are also made available to our students on an ad-hoc basis .

Career Advisory Partnership

Along with a full range of career advisory and professional development services available to our students from our dedicated Henley Careers team, students will also benefit from our partnership with Spinnaker Global, the leading shipping recruitment consultancy. As part of our collaboration Spinnaker provides career advice and support to our students and promotes their profiles internationally for internship and full time opportunities. 

Professional Accreditation

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) Professional Qualification

The programme is accredited by ICS and our students are eligible for 3 exam exemptions from the ICS qualification, which is the maximum number of exemptions offered by the institute. The 3 exemptions offered are for the ICS modules:

  • Introduction to Shipping
  • Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade
  • Shipping Finance

Our successful graduates have to take only 4 out of the 7 ICS exams to qualify for the ICS membership. 

ICMA Fixed Income Certificate

To obtain the requisite knowledge to pass the rigorous FIC exam, students are required to take the ICMA Centre Fixed Income Cash and Derivatives Markets module at Part 2. In order to receive the FIC certificate, students will need to register and pass the FIC exam through ICMA.



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Overview. This 10/12 month program seeks to address the needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capital-intensive shipping industry by bringing the gap between academic theory and business practice. Read more

Overview

This 10/12 month program seeks to address the needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capital-intensive shipping industry by bringing the gap between academic theory and business practice. Those needs have led to increase demand from ship-owning and transportation companies, ship broking firms, shipping divisions of investment funds, among others of personnel with shipping specific, practical financial management skills and knowledge. 

It is delivered by the ICMA Centre at Henley Business School, University of Reading, in the UK and ALBA Graduate Business School in Greece.

Highlights

  • You will be awarded two full time MSc degrees in International Shipping and Finance, one from each institution (Dual degree award)
  • You will spend eight months  (or eleven months) at the ICMA Centre in Henley Business School, a triple accredited Business School, consistently ranked among the top UK Business Schools
  • You will also spend one month in Greece at ALBA, a leading European Business School accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) by EPAS (EFMD Programme Accreditation System) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) for its own Masters programmes. While at ALBA you will attend specialized shipping courses and participate in other activities, such as visits to shipping companies, vessels and ports accompanied by information sessions from shipping practitioners.
  • The program is strongly supported by the shipping industry and work-placement opportunities with leading companies will be available to outstanding graduates.
  • You will benefit from distinguished guest speakers, a number of specialized workshops delivered by senior shipping practitioners and bespoke simulations and hands-on sessions delivered in small classes.
  • You will also benefit from a comprehensive career development programme as well as our careers advisory partnership with Spinnaker Consulting Ltd, the leading shipping recruitment consultants.
  • You will be granted professional exam exemptions from the:
  • Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS)

The MSc in International Shipping and Finance Program is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), the chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and the Hellenic Shipbrokers Association (HSA).

Graduates from the Program are eligible for three exam exemptions from the ICS Professional Qualification.

Career

After completion of the programme you will be well equipped with the knowledge for a successful career in the shipping/ transportation industries, as well as in the wider finance sector. On average more than 90% of our graduates are in work or further education 6 months after graduation. Indicative career paths for our graduates are ship-owning and transportation companies, ship-broking/chartering firms, shipping divisions of investment banks, shipping analysis/consulting firms, ship-finance arrangers, port operators, and shipping-related investment funds, among others. The wide curriculum of the programme will also enable you to consider careers in the global investment banking and securities markets.



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Most people probably think that research in accounting and finance is "all about numbers", but that really couldn't be further from the truth! Indeed, there is much more to accounting and finance research. Read more
Most people probably think that research in accounting and finance is "all about numbers", but that really couldn't be further from the truth! Indeed, there is much more to accounting and finance research. This course allows students the opportunity to study the advanced aspects of accounting or finance with staff that have a sound knowledge of the technical aspects of their subjects.

Why study MRes Accounting and Finance at Dundee?

We would be delighted to hear from potential new collaborators in research. All of our academic staff engage in high-quality research that is disseminated through various channels, and which has a significant influence on what, and how, we then teach our students

Several of our staff have written critically about the role of accounting and finance practices from the perspective of ethics and global sustainability. Others have explored how accounting is intertwined with political and cultural tensions as organisations attempt to implement new business structures and practices. Others have explored which elements of Western markets might (not) be suitable for adoption and promotion in developing and emerging economies.

What's great about MRes Accounting and Finance at Dundee?

Our priority is to sustain long-term research excellence, and ensure that our research today continues to influence the practices of tomorrow. Dundee is often referred to as the "City of Discovery", after Scott's ship that was built in and is now permanently berthed here. The "discovery" spirit is one that runs through our School, and new collaborating partnerships will augment our drive for future accounting and finance-related discoveries.

The list of past, future and potential research interests amongst our staff is long, and we continually endeavour to pass on our new findings via internationally-rated publications, and through what we teach our students.

How you will be taught

Our programmes are delivered using a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and hands-on computer labs. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework (for example, an essay), computer labs, projects based on group assignments and exams.

What you will study

This programme involves seven months of taught modules including Research Methods, Quantitative Methods and three module options.

The options will depend on the proposed area of research that the student wishes to pursue and will be primarily literature based.

Once these modules are successfully completed, you will write a dissertation if continuing to the MRes, otherwise you can leave with a Postgraduate Diploma.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination coursework, examinations and dissertation.

Careers

Our master's degrees provide an education emphasising analytical, decision-making and communication skills. These skills are needed in organisations of all types and sizes – both in the UK and internationally.

Your career is important to us and the practical relevance of our degrees is kept under careful review. We liaise with employers and the university careers service to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the graduate employment market.

Our graduates are to be found working all over the world in a variety of interesting and challenging jobs. Many are employed by large multi-national firms or with smaller firms in the UK including manufacturing companies and financial institutions – some as managers in specialist positions and some as accountants; some operate in the public sector, while others are running their own businesses.

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

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

Introducing your degree

Southampton’s LLM Maritime Law is taught by globally renowned experts who are at the forefront of the development of national and international law. You’ll gain the knowledge and practical 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. 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. It also includes a number of modules that are not offered by any other UK university, covering carriage by air, ship finance and the law of ship sale and purchase. Maritime law is a complex and fascinating specialism that opens up a broad range of career options. Whichever path you choose, 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.

Overview

This challenging and prestigious degree attracts talented students from around the world. Some already have legal training, while others come from backgrounds such as shipping, business or engineering. All are looking to gain specialist expertise that will help them stand out from the competition.

View the programme specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

You’ll be able to take advantage of a range of careers events and workshops organised by the Law School’s dedicated careers coordinator and by the student-run law societies. These include:

  • the annual Law Careers Fair, which attracts more than 50 law firms and other companies, including maritime organisations who come specifically to meet LLM Maritime Law students
  • industry seminars presented by major law firms such as Mishcon de Reya and Clifford Chance
  • bespoke CV writing and job application workshops

The flexible nature of the LLM Maritime Law means you can tailor the course to suit your career goals. If you decide not to go into the legal field, you’ll graduate with transferable skills that will equip you for a career in any sector that excites you. Career options include private practice, working for commodity houses, shipping companies, P&I (protection and indemnity) clubs, or going into the international commercial sector or the public sector.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • Ince and Co
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Campbell Johnston Clark Ltd
  • Holman Fenwick & Willan
  • PSP Law
  • Linklaters LLP
  • Interport Maritime Ltd  


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Learn from internationally renowned experts in commercial and corporate law and advance your career in this exciting and complex field. Read more

Learn from internationally renowned experts in commercial and corporate law and advance your career in this exciting and complex field. The highly flexible structure of this LLM means you’ll be able to tailor the programme to suit your ambitions.

Introducing your course

Whether your aim is to progress within a law firm specialising in commercial and corporate work or join the legal team of a global corporation, this LLM degree will provide essential in-depth knowledge to help you succeed. Its flexible structure will enable you to design a programme that suits your individual needs by choosing from a wide range of optional modules. These draw on the world-leading expertise of our academics in areas such as corporate governance, secured transactions, conflict of laws, international business law and maritime law. The options also include modules on ship finance, insurance and ship sale and purchase that are not widely available elsewhere. In addition, our extensive links with law firms will enhance your learning and help you to build professional networks.

Overview

This LLM degree offers essential knowledge and skills for recent graduates who are keen to enter the competitive world of commercial and corporate law, and for more established practitioners looking to move into a new specialism.

View the programme specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

The Law School’s dedicated careers coordinator and the student-run law societies organise a range of events to help you enhance your employability and build your networks. These include: 

  • the annual Law Careers Fair, which attracts more than 50 law firms and other companies
  • bespoke CV writing and job application workshops
  • industry seminars presented by major law firms such as Mishcon de Reya and Clifford Chance

You will graduate with specialist knowledge and transferable skills that will help you to succeed in a wide range of fields. You could work as a solicitor or barrister, or work for a company’s in-house legal team. Your skills will be sought after by banks, insurance brokers, oil trading companies and P&I (protection and indemnity) clubs, to name just a few examples. The LLM is also an essential foundation if you are considering further study at PhD level with a view to an academic career.

Our graduates work all over the world in top law firms such as Van Traa in Rotterdam. One graduate has set up her own successful practice, Fichte & Co, in Dubai. Students have also gone on to work for global companies such as Total.



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The MSc in Maritime Operations Management is founded upon strong links with industry, both in the UK and around the world. Read more
The MSc in Maritime Operations Management is founded upon strong links with industry, both in the UK and around the world. Liverpool John Moores University is also home to the world-famous Liverpool Maritime Academy and is an international centre of excellence, helping ensure the degree meets employers' demands for skilled professionals.

•Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•Study at one of the UK’s leading Maritime Schools
•The Liverpool Maritime Academy is an international centre of excellence in maritime education and professional training and education
•Excellent potential for roles such as consultants, managerial positions in shipping companies and the marine insurance industry, ship broking and ship management

The industry-relevant Maritime Operations Management Masters programme is designed to meet the changing needs of the global maritime industry.

You’ll gain the tools to manage ports, shipping operations, maritime law, and maritime safety. When you graduate you’ll have the skills you need to secure positions at the highest level within this competitive worldwide industry.

This programme covers the essential critical awareness of business, financial and management strategies, including markets, customers, finance, people, operations and ICT. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, you’ll learn how to find solutions to marine operations management problems.

You’ll also conduct research, using research design, data collection, analysis, synthesis and reporting techniques to develop systems and outcomes.

Industrial visits are an important part of the course in order to understand developments in the market and typically include: ports, ship visits, insurance underwriters (usually in London), P&I Club and the IMO.

There are also regular specialist industry speakers, who are invited throughout the year in conjunction with professional bodies and institutions. LJMU provides opportunities to develop critical self-awareness and self-management as part of this course, which is essential to the lifelong learning process you will need to become an autonomous professional within this dynamic field.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Level 7
MSc project
Legal principles
Marine insurance
Maritime business and management
Maritime finance and economics
Maritime law
Operations research
Preparing for project
Research skills
Export trade law
Global transport systems
Information management and communication systems
International trade
Logistics systems
Maritime security
Port administration
Port business strategy
Project management
Supply chain modelling

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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Keen to learn more about the business of maritime? With a rich blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, Southampton Solent’s International Maritime Business master’s programme aims to leave graduates well-equipped for careers in ship management or port operations/management, both in the UK and internationally. Read more

Keen to learn more about the business of maritime? With a rich blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, Southampton Solent’s International Maritime Business master’s programme aims to leave graduates well-equipped for careers in ship management or port operations/management, both in the UK and internationally.

This stimulating and intellectually challenging course helps to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to operate successfully within the international maritime industry.

The course has a strong business focus and explores the complex factors involved in the management of ships and shipping operations worldwide. Students will also reflect on the key aspects of maritime law, operations and risk management techniques and look at the impact of international trade on management strategies in the industry.

Recently, Southampton Solent University launched the China Centre (Maritime) with the key aim of growing a number of strong links with industry and with maritime universities in China, allowing the University to be at the forefront of international research and global trade developments.

What does this course lead to?

With a rich blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, our graduates are well equipped for careers in ship management or port operations/management, either in the UK or internationally.

Our graduates have pursued a variety of careers in organisations such as BP; The Baltic Exchange; DHL; Grimaldi Group; IKEA; Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers; Rio Tinto; Royal Caribbean International and Transport Malta.

Who is this course for?

This Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers-accredited course will enable maritime professionals or recent maritime or shipping graduates to progress their career or diversify into ship management or port operations/management.

What you will study

Core units:

  • Maritime Management
  • International Maritime Law
  • Maritime Operations and Transport
  • International Trade and Commercial Law
  • Project Management Methodology
  • Finance and Business Risk
  • Research Methods and Proposal

Project:

  • Maritime professionals need to be skilled in identifying and analysing problems to lead changes in policy or practices. You’ll develop these skills by identifying, planning and implementing research in your chosen area, and analysing and communicating the findings.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • General and project management roles within relevant maritime organisations and businesses.
  • Ship and shipping company management.
  • Marine accident investigation.
  • Marine business development manager. 
  • Voyage operations manager.
  • Port development manager.
  • Marine client manager.
  • Charterer.
  • Vessel operator.

Industry links

You will be taught by a highly skilled team with wide-ranging experience in the maritime industry. You’ll also have access to first-rate industry-standard facilities in and around Southampton. We have designed the course in conjunction with maritime industry representatives to ensure that you graduate with the necessary work-based skills to enhance your career prospects.



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

The wide range of LLM degrees including LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law offered by the Swansea College of Law and Criminology gives students the advantage of choice and specialism. For the student who does not wish to specialise to that extent, the College of Law and Criminology offers a general LLM postgraduate degree (LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law). This general LLM provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in both Commercial and Maritime Law by choosing specialised modules from both areas of law.

Key Features of International Commercial and Maritime Law

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

The LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law requires commitment to study throughout one calendar year. Students on the International Commercial and Maritime Law course 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 Shipping and Trade Law Department offers its students dedicated resources, including IT facilities and teaching rooms. Students on the International Commercial and Maritime Law course 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 Commercial and Maritime Law degree is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student of the International Commercial and Maritime Law course 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 pursuing the LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law may choose any four options from the modules listed below. At least one module must be chosen from the asterisked (*) modules and at least one module from the double 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 (*)

Competition Law (**)

E-Commerce (**)

International Corporate Law and Governance (**)

International Intellectual Property Law (**)

International Trade Law (**)

Law of Intellectual Assets Management and Transactions (**)

Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments (**)

Ship and other Mobile Assets Finance Law (**)

International Commercial Arbitration

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 Commercial and Maritime Law page.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Throughout their studies, LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law 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 & 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 IISTL provides training programmes for London City solicitors, P&I Clubs and shipping organisations. Many of our graduates secure employment shortly after completing their degrees. Several international firms keep a close relationship with the Shipping and Trade Law Department 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. For further information on the Employability initiatives, please visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/shipping-trade-law-department/llmemployabilityinitiativesandresults/



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A course for maritime professionals, designed and taught by maritime professionals from industry and academia. Read more
A course for maritime professionals, designed and taught by maritime professionals from industry and academia.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for people who wish to make a career in the marine and offshore industries and who have either developed some experience in industry, maritime or otherwise, or have a sound academic basis or skills upon which to build.

During the course, in addition to gaining an understanding of the underlying principles upon which the industry is based, students will also gain confidence in the interpersonal and international cultural skills which are essential to senior roles in the maritime industries.

Objectives

The Maritime Operations and Management course is designed for existing professionals serving in the industry as well as those looking for a career within the maritime, offshore and sea transport industries. For those already within the industry applicants are likely to have a responsible sea-going or middle-management position. Alternatively, new entrants to the industry are likely to have attained a first degree in a related technical or management subject.

This modular course is focused towards giving students the necessary knowledge and skills to help them achieve high levels in their careers in the maritime and offshore industries. Indeed, many former students on this course have now reached board level appointments in their various companies.

Placements

Students may undertake short placements of normally one to two weeks, if they wish. These are normally undertaken at the IMO or with shipping and insurance companies.

This activity does give the student some further understanding of the industry, if they have no previous industry experience.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by 12 lecturers who come from academia and industry. These are supported by around six guest lecturers from various parts of the marine industry.

During the year students make visits to IMO and port facilities as well as other organisations.

Assessment

Each subject has coursework associated with it and this normally comprises two essays which probe the student's abilities for critical analysis. Examinations are held twice per year with three subjects examined in January and the remainder in May. To pass, the student must gain 50% in each of the coursework and examination elements.

The project is a major piece of work which results in a dissertation on a chosen subject. This is examined by the dissertation content and viva-voce examination.

Modules

The Maritime Operations and Management course comprises eight taught modules: six compulsory and two elective to suit the student's needs and future career aspirations. Outside of the block taught module students are expected to read around the subjects developed in the lectures, undertake coursework and prepare for examinations in the compulsory subjects.

Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. Alternatively, if in addition, a project followed by a dissertation is undertaken by a student, this will lead to the award of a Master's degree.

Full-time students can expect to study for around 37 hours per week.

Core modules
-Maritime Economics and Finance (15 credits)
-Maritime Law (15 credits)
-Maritime Operations (15 credits)
-Maritime Management (15 credits)
-Maritime Technology (15 credits)
-Maritime Environmental Issues (15 credits)

Elective modules
-Marketing of marine services (15 credits)
-Strategic planning for ports and shipping business (15 credits)
-Security studies (15 credits)
-Conceptual ship design (15 credits)
-Risk management (15 credits)
-Offshore technology (15 credits)

Career prospects

The course is designed to lead graduates into a variety of career paths, depending upon their interests, within the marine industry. When they reach the higher echelons of organisations, then the all-embracing nature of the studies in this course help them to take wide management perspectives of problems facing their companies or organisations.

It is anticipated that students upon graduating will find employment within the maritime industries, with some even offered jobs prior to graduation. These employment opportunities are either in the middle or higher management areas. For those with little prior experience in the industry, passing out from the course will place them on paths leading towards employment at higher levels within the industry.

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

It is estimated that 70% of a typical company’s value today lies in its intangible assets (UK Treasury Gower’s Review of Intellectual Property, 2006). Yet evidence would suggest that companies do not readily understand the nature of these legal assets nor manage them in an effective commercial manner, such that they are sometimes described as the ‘hidden assets’ of a business looking to operate in today’s global market place. Students following this LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice will gain an in-depth legal knowledge of issues and the practical skills acquired will make them an invaluable asset to international commercial organisations.

Key Features of Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice

The LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice 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 Shipping and Trade Law offers its students dedicated resources, including IT facilities and teaching rooms. Students of the Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice programme 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 Shipping and Trade Law Department and, in particular, to take advantage of training sessions run by the Department, such as the legal research methods and Employability sessions, as well as of the Visiting Lectures’ series.

Modules

The LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice degree is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student of LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice 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 Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice are required to take four modules from the following list. It is compulsory for students on the LLM Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice to study Law of Intellectual Assets Management and Transactions. Students will also be required to take 3 modules from the rest of the modules listed below:

Competition Law

E-Commerce

International Corporate Law and Governance

International Intellectual Property Law

International Commercial Arbitration

Ship and other Mobile Assets Finance Law

Following the successful completion of the taught modules, LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice students proceed to Part II, which is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects). At least one of the LLM Research Projects must be written in the area of the Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions. The LLM Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period and are designed to enable LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice students to develop their research skills.

For further information on the modules, please visit the LLM Intellectual Property & Commercial Practice page.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Throughout their studies, LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice 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 & 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 law firms. For example, Associate Professor Andrew Beale OBE is a consultant with Capital Law and offers legal advice on IP matters. 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 Shipping and Trade Law 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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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. Read more
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. This course offers a detailed investigation of the theoretical and practical issues that arise within maritime law and can help you to develop the expertise necessary to become a specialist in this major area of commercial law.

The LLM Shipping Law course provides you with a general appreciation of current issues in specific areas of law, both domestic and international. It stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivates independent and original thought.

This programme enables you to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law.

Distinctive features:

The LLM Shipping Law course is very flexible and offers a wide range of modules providing you with the ability to customise the course to meet your own professional and/or employment needs or interests.

Structure

The course can be completed in one year with full-time study and in two years by part-time study.

You must select at least two of your four taught modules and complete the dissertation in the area of Shipping Law and you may select up to two modules from those listed in any other LLM course or from a combination of LLM courses.

The course is delivered in two stages. Stage One (the taught component) comprises four 30 credit modules; Stage Two comprises the dissertation.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/shipping-law-llm

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/shipping-law-llm-part-time

Teaching

Study for an LLM is intensive and challenging and it is important that you take full advantage of the teaching that is provided in order to succeed. Attendance at classes and dissertation supervisions is compulsory and we will expect you to be well prepared.

Our teaching is very flexible and your modules may be delivered through seminars or a combination of lectures and seminars. Other teaching methods include the online use of discussion boards, self-access study packs and formative quizzes and activities.

Modules may be diverse in content to cater for the fact that for some LLM courses there may be a high proportion of international students or students with previous qualifications other than in law. Modules are typically led by experienced staff actively engaged in research relevant to their subject area.

Assessment

The School of Law and Politics makes use of both formative and summative assessment.

Formative assessments do not count towards your degree but are designed to give you the opportunity to practice for your summative assessments and enable you and your tutors to assess your progress in your modules. Formative assessments will normally involve written coursework or a class test or may comprise individual student presentations.

Summative assessments count towards your degree. Your marks in these assessments count towards your formal progression from Stage One (taught modules) to Stage Two (the dissertation), and towards the determination of your final award. Summative assessments in Stage One will vary by module but will typically involve written coursework (5,000 word essays), unseen examinations or pre-release examinations. The dissertation (up to 15,000 words) comprises the Stage Two summative assessment.

Career Prospects

A law degree doesn’t restrict graduates to careers within the legal profession. Our law graduates enter professions as diverse as finance, sales and marketing, digital communications and recruitment.

We are committed to extending extracurricular opportunities, helping to enhance your CV in a competitive graduate job market. We work in partnership with lawyers, charities and voluntary organisations to give you the opportunity to practise and extend their skills and we run several Pro Bono schemes and provide advice to members of the community on different legal issues.

Upon successfully completing the LLM course you may have the opportunity to continue your 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).

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Got a passion for shipping? Hoping to advance your career in the maritime industry? Southampton Solent University’s MBA International Maritime Management programme will help you to develop your industry awareness, focusing on management practices, day-to-day operations and the international markets that drive this exciting industry. Read more

Got a passion for shipping? Hoping to advance your career in the maritime industry? Southampton Solent University’s MBA International Maritime Management programme will help you to develop your industry awareness, focusing on management practices, day-to-day operations and the international markets that drive this exciting industry.

The course combines traditional MBA content with focused elements unique to the world of shipping and maritime business. Throughout your studies, you’ll develop a greater understanding of the diverse and multi-faceted maritime industry, along with the complex interactions that occur on a global level between the numerous organisations, such as shipping companies, port authorities, businesses and governments.

In keeping with an MBA programme, you'll study key management-related areas such as human resource management, data analysis and finance and business risk, building upon your existing knowledge. These core management modules are combined with specialist maritime studies including international maritime law, maritime operations and transport and economics of international trade and shipping.

You’ll also enhance your research and analytical skills on a specialist research unit. The unit prepares students for a major research project, where you'll carry out original research into a specific area of the maritime industry. This project is a good opportunity to develop specialist knowledge, with many graduates using their research as a springboard for future careers.

The course is designed to help you develop a wide range of employability skills, and you’ll be encouraged to participate in extra curricula activities such as attending the Schools research seminars series, open lectures and visits to industry-related sites.

What does this course lead to?

If you are a junior manager and have some experience of the shipping industry, this master’s course is ideally suited to build upon your existing skills and knowledge. Students graduate with the industry specific knowledge and problem solving experience required to work towards senior management roles.

Who is this course for?

This programme aims to develop and enhance the skills and knowledge of junior managers who have some experience of the maritime and shipping industry, in order to help them achieve their full potential and to become future leaders of the industry.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Project management
  • Ship and shipping company management
  • Marine accident investigation
  • Business development
  • Voyage operations management
  • Port management
  • Marine client management
  • Chartering
  • Vessel operations

Industry links

Southampton Solent University is only a short distance from the Port of Southampton, the UK’s second busiest commercial shipping port. Being in the heart of such an important area for UK shipping helps students to see the real-world applications of theories learnt in the classroom.

Maritime courses at Southampton Solent University are taught by a team with extensive industry experience and a wide range of industry contacts.

Placements

Students develop their business and management skills to the highest standard with a curriculum that emphasises real world learning. Students are also encouraged to attend optional events including research seminars, open lectures and visits to industry-related sites.

Full time students are able to take part in activity weeks, undertaking group learning projects and self-directed activities related to the coursework.



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A course for maritime professionals, designed and taught by maritime professionals from industry and academia. Read more
A course for maritime professionals, designed and taught by maritime professionals from industry and academia.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for people who wish to make a career in the marine and offshore industries and who have either developed some experience in industry, maritime or otherwise, or have a sound academic basis or skills upon which to build.

During the course, in addition to gaining an understanding of the underlying principles upon which the industry is based, students will also gain confidence in the interpersonal and international cultural skills which are essential to senior roles in the maritime industries.

Objectives

The Maritime Operations and Management course is designed for existing professionals serving in the industry as well as those looking for a career within the maritime, offshore and sea transport industries. For those already within the industry applicants are likely to have a responsible sea-going or middle-management position. Alternatively, new entrants to the industry are likely to have attained a first degree in a related technical or management subject.

This modular course is focused towards giving students the necessary knowledge and skills to help them achieve high levels of attainment in their careers in the maritime and offshore industries. Indeed, many former students on this course have now reached board level appointments in their various companies.

The course takes place in Piraeus, Greece, offering the experience of studying at the esteemed Hellenic Lloyd's Register. You will have access to our online resources as well as the prestigious Kaiti Laskaridis Library collection during your study.

Placements

Students may undertake short placements of normally one to two weeks, if they wish. These are normally undertaken with shipping and insurance companies.

This activity does give the student some further understanding of the industry, if they have no previous industry experience.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by some 12 lecturers who come from academia and industry. These are supported by guest lecturers drawn from various parts of the marine industry.

Assessment

Each subject has coursework associated with it and this normally comprises two essays which probe the student's abilities for critical analysis. Examinations are held twice per year with 3 subjects examined in the spring and the remainder in autumn. To pass the student must gain 50% in each of the coursework and examination elements.

The project is a major piece of work which results in a dissertation on a chosen subject. This is examined by the dissertation content and viva-voce examination.

Modules

The Maritime Operations and Management course is a distance learning option of the long standing course taught in London. The course is taught in Piraeus by the same lecturers as in London and adheres to the same syllabus and is overseen by the same External Examiner. Contact hours in Piraeus are the same as in London.

The course comprises eight taught modules: six compulsory and two elective to suit the student’s needs and future career aspirations. Outside of the block taught module students are expected to read around the subjects developed in the lectures, undertake coursework and prepare for examinations in the compulsory subjects.

This 18 month course is taught at weekends (spaced out during the period of the course) to enable students to meet employment or other commitments.

Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. Alternatively, if in addition, a project followed by a dissertation is undertaken by a student, this will lead to the award of a Master’s degree.

Core modules are all taught in Greece. With regards to the elective modules, two are offered in Piraeus to enable the course to be wholly completed in Greece. These electives are Marketing of Marine Services and Risk Management. However, if a student prefers any of the other elective modules, they can be taken but that would require attendance in London.

Core modules
-Maritime economics and finance (15 credits)
-Maritime law (15 credits)
-Maritime operations (15 credits)
-Maritime management (15 credits)
-Maritime technology (15 credits)
-Maritime environmental issues (15 credits)

Elective modules
-Marketing of marine services (15 credits)
-Strategic planning for ports and shipping business (15 credits)
-Security studies (15 credits)
-Conceptual ship design (15 credits)
-Risk management (15 credits)
-Offshore technology (15 credits)

Career prospects

The course is designed to lead graduates into a variety of career paths, depending upon their interests, within the marine industry. When they reach the higher echelons of organisations, then the all-embracing nature of the studies in this course help them to take wide management perspectives of problems facing their companies or organisations.

It is anticipated that students, if they are not already in employment, upon graduating will find employment within the maritime industries, with some even offered jobs prior to graduation. These employment opportunities are likely to be either in the middle or higher management areas. For those with little prior experience in the industry, passing out from the course will place them on paths leading towards employment at higher levels within the industry.

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With a Master of Laws postgraduate degree from City, you can create your own programme of study to enhance, develop or transform your career. Read more
With a Master of Laws postgraduate degree from City, you can create your own programme of study to enhance, develop or transform your career.

Who is it for?

The Master of Laws postgraduate course is for students who are looking to enhance their legal careers or shift focus to a new area of law. The flexibility of the programme and the 50+ modules on offer means that you can use the course to define your own Master of Laws postgraduate experience.

Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some have just completed undergraduate degrees while others have experience in private practice at law firms or as in-house counsel. We also attract students who have engaged in non-legal work in sectors including finance and energy, public service and NGOs.

Objectives

The Master of Laws LLM at City has a practical, global focus designed to deepen your knowledge and accelerate your career.

The programme has been structured to showcase the most current legal debates, and to expose you to professional practitioners and leading academics. It will give you the skills to tackle complex legal problems within your chosen subjects while also offering a wealth of opportunities including pro bono clinics, guest lectures, recruitment fairs and internships.

The Master of Laws offers extensive choice when it comes to what you learn. You can opt for a general Masters of Law degree by selecting courses from our extensive list of modules, or pursue one of several specialisms in fields such as Public International Law, International Commercial Law and European Union Law. This means you can design your own degree and build your learning around your academic and professional goals.

Placements

In 2012 City University London founded a legal advice clinic focusing on advising start-ups in London’s Silicon Roundabout. The clinic, called Start-Ed, is the first of its kind in the country and has won many awards and grants. Under supervision from a solicitor, you can gain experience assisting real clients that include tech start-ups and meet the people behind London’s most exciting new business ideas.

Academic facilities

The LLM course is primarily taught at Gray’s Inn Place campus with some modules elsewhere. Here you will find the Atkin Building which houses a Law student common room and a large lecture theatre. There is also a Law common room at Northampton Square.

As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything the Institution has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.

The City Law School has its own dedicated administration team and you also have access to two legal libraries, one at the Gray’s Inn campus and the other based on site at our Northampton Square campus.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card. Our excellent location in London puts us within walking distance of the British Library which has a collection of over 150 million items and a extensive law resources.

Teaching and learning

Assessment will draw on a range of approaches which include written coursework, presentations, skills work, in-class tests, projects and a dissertation. The majority of modules will be assessed on the basis of written coursework of 5,000-5,500 words.

The 30-credit dissertation module will involve the submission of a dissertation of 10,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director. If you decide to opt for the 60-credit dissertation instead, you will need to submit a dissertation of 20,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director.

Most modules have a single combined assessment with 100% weighting but there are some where there is more than one assessment and the weighting for each will be 50%.

You have the option of completing formative coursework in each module. The formative assessment will give you an opportunity to understand and appreciate the academic levels expected. At different stages of the programme, you will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate legal research, quantitative, cognitive and other skills in addition to your knowledge and understanding of the subjects.

The dissertation gives you an opportunity to display competence in legal research and to explore your specific interests more deeply. There is a degree of autonomous learning at this stage in the programme. You will be demonstrating how you can manage information as well as developing complex arguments and in some cases innovative solutions to specific legal problems.

Each assessment tests whether you:
-Have grasped the relevant principles.
-Are able to analyse and interpret those principles critically.
-Are able to apply them to complex factual problems.
-Can present the relevant points in concise, clear and grammatical terms.

Modules

The general Master of Laws postgraduate degree programme offers students a high degree of flexibility. You can tailor your own suite of specialist elective modules to meet your interests and career aspirations. All modules take a contemporary approach to the study of law and your instructors are scholars and practitioners of the highest calibre committed to giving you the knowledge and skills to tackle complex issues in legal study and practice.

To pursue the general Master of Laws LLM programme you can choose from more than 50 modules covering diverse subjects – everything from Human Rights and Energy Law to Mergers or Money Laundering. Or you can study one of 12 specialist LLM programmes, in which case you will need to study certain subject-specific modules.

Career prospects

The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme and all students are able to take up opportunities from this programme.

As a graduate from the Master of Laws LLM you are well placed to continue your career in professional legal/corporate practice or apply your degree to many other areas. From business to management, and from banking to NGOs, our students continue their careers in myriad fields.

Master of Laws graduate Fabrizio Garcia Bacigalupo is now a partner within his own law firm in Ecuador, and alumna Roy-Katsani was promoted soon after graduating and now works an in house legal manager in a Greek ship managing company. Find out more about her LLM experience here

You will be given a personal tutor who will guide your academic and professional progress. City, University of London's Career Skills and Development Service provides a range of events and advice services that may help to make you aware of career options.

Students who complete the Master of Laws postgraduate course may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD or MPhil offered by The City Law School.

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