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What will I learn?

Develop your knowledge in a major area of law involving ship and cargo owners, operators, banks and insurers, as well as governments and international organisations.

The School of Law and Politics has a long and illustrious history of teaching maritime law. Many of our graduates are leading practitioners, officials and noted academics in the field. Maintaining this tradition, our LLM programme in Shipping Law provides a thorough grounding in the practical and theoretical aspects of maritime law, giving its graduates the necessary expertise to specialise in this challenging, multifaceted and vital area of the law.

The shipping industry is a core component of a globalised and inter-connected world. Approximately 90% of global trade is carried by sea and shipping remains the most cost-effective, efficient and pragmatic method for transporting goods and materials around the world. These practices and transactions are underpinned by a complex network of contracts involving ship owners and operators, cargo owners, banks and insurers, as well as extensive national and international legislation. Shipping law remains an exciting and fast-paced profession and lawyers with these unique and specialised skills are in regular and global demand.

The UK has longstanding expertise in the law relating to maritime commerce and remains the most prominent and widely trusted jurisdiction for the resolution of maritime disputes – even for those with little or no connection to the UK. A rigorous and comprehensive knowledge of English maritime law and dispute resolution principles is therefore highly prized internationally as a vital element of global shipping law practice.

Our LLM Shipping Law programme provides a wide range of modules tailored to the practice of maritime law, allowing you the flexibility to customise your studies in line with your professional and academic needs or interests. Our coverage spans the key commercial elements of maritime and transportation law, as well as the international regulation of ships and shipping, the protection of the marine environment, international trade and allied fields such as dispute resolution and energy law.

Which department am I in?

School of Law and Politics

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Information not available

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Start date

26 September 2022

Venue

Cardiff University

PO Box 921,

Cardiff,

CF10 3XQ, Wales

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You will be required to have a bachelor's degree with good grades from recognised universities and colleges in the United States to be considered. A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is usually required and admissions tutors will pay special attention to key subject classes. IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised by international employers from the globe-over, making its graduates highly sought after.

  • Ranked in the world’s top 100
  • Based in one of the safest capital cities in Europe
  • High quality teaching with highly qualified teaching staff
  • Recently invested GBP 600m in its facilities

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