Shipping Law (Taught)
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 program enables you to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.
You should ideally have obtained at least a 2:1 class degree or equivalent in Law. Applicants with a 2.2 class degree or equivalent will be considered taking into account the application in its entirety.
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components, or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Scholarships & funding
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- Tuition fees for UK and EU students: £8,450
- Tuition fees for Students from outside the EU: £18,200
What skills will I practise and develop?
Postgraduate students are expected to assume a greater responsibility for their education than undergraduates. Through the LLM, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic employability skills. During the program you will be able to extend your communication and presentation skills, both oral and written. You will also be able to develop collaborative skills, take leadership roles and enhance skills of disciplined and independent study.
You will be encouraged to work independently to seek out legal materials for yourself, to read and analyse these materials critically and to present structured and reasoned argument under the guidance of your tutors and supervisors. You will be provided with training in postgraduate research skills to develop your independent legal analysis, research and writing.
Outside the curriculum you will have the opportunity to develop wider “employability” skills through participation in the school’s Law in Action pro-bono schemes run with partner organisations, in which student volunteers assist real people in their dealings with the law. The schemes currently include:
- Law in Justice: the Innocence Project, (dealing with alleged miscarriages of justice);
- Law in Healthcare: the NHS Continuing Healthcare Scheme, (challenges to NHS healthcare funding assessments);
- Law in Sport: the Rugby Union Project – (providing legal advice and legal newsletters to rugby clubs).
Upon successfully completing the LLM program you may have the opportunity to continue your legal study through the School’s PhD program or through the Centre for Professional Legal Studies professional programs (the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course).
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.
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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