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    Full time available

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    1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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    19 October 2018

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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.

Introducing your degree

Maritime Law explores the basic principles of contract, tort and property alongside the fundamentals of the shipping and commodity markets. Students on this prestigious programme are taught by internationally renowned experts working at the forefront of the development of maritime law in the UK and globally. Specialist seminars given by leading practitioners and academics are provided alongside the academic programme. The internationally acclaimed Institute of Maritime Law is an integral part of the School, and the Institute’s staff make a major contribution to teaching on this programme.


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


Core Module: Dissertation.

Optional Modules: International Law of the Sea, International Trade Law, Marine Insurance, Admirality Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea, Commericial Conflict of Laws & International Litigation, International Commericial Arbitration, Carrirage by Air, Insurance Law, Law of the Marine Environment, Principles of Secured Transactions, Corporate Governance - Regulating Boards of Directors, Fundamentals of Public International Law, The Law of Ship Sale and Purchase, Advanced Secured Transactions, Dispute Settlement in International Law, Corporate Governance - Shareholders' Rights and Responsibilities, Ship Finance.

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  

Visit the Maritime Law - LLM page on the University of Southampton website for more details!






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