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Bachelor's Degree in Maritime Law LLB

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Maritime Law LLB

This is one of the few specialist maritime law undergraduate degrees in the UK. It combines the subjects required for a qualifying law degree with the opportunity to specialise in maritime law.

Core modules in years 1 and 2 cover the qualifying law degree subjects. In year 2 you can choose modules on relevant topics such as commercial and maritime law, commercial arbitration law, and public international law.

Optional modules in year 3 give you the chance to study the aspects of maritime law that most interest you in greater depth. You'll also complete a dissertation on a maritime-related topic of your choice.

As part of your degree you can:

  • apply for our marshalling scheme to spend a week with judges, gaining a unique behind-the-scenes view of the workings of the higher courts
  • gain work experience alongside legal professionals by advising students at the Law Clinic
  • engage with our academic research groups including the Institute of Maritime Law
  • study modules outside of law to broaden your knowledge and boost your CV

During your degree you can join weekly seminars run by the Institute of Maritime Law. Speakers include shipbrokers, representatives from the classification societies, and other legal and maritime professionals.

You can take part in a range of competitions to enhance your skills, including the Clyde & Co Team Building Challenge and regional, national and international mooting and negotiation competitions.

You can forge even stronger links within our friendly community by joining a student-run society. These include our Law Society, Inns of Court Society, Mooting Society, Lawyers without Borders and the Canadian Law Society.

Admission requirements



International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 36 points overall with 18 points at Higher Level


  • D in the Law or Applied Law BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA from two A levels
  • DD in the Law or Applied Law BTEC Diploma plus A grade from one A-level
  • DDD in the Law or Applied Law BTEC Extended Diploma

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Criminal Law
  • Foundations of Contract Law
  • Legal Skills
  • Legal System and Reasoning
  • Public Law 1: Foundations

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Historical Development of the Common Law
  • Philosophical Perspectives on the Common Law

Year 2

  • Equity and Trusts
  • Land Law
  • Public Law 2: Administrative Justice
  • Remedies in Contract & Torts
  • The Law of Torts

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law: Children, Parents and the State
  • Foundations in Criminal Evidence Law
  • Health Care Law and Bioethics
  • Introduction to Commercial Law
  • Introduction to Public International Law
  • Principles of Commercial Arbitration Law

Year 3

  • Legal Research and Writing

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Admiralty Law
  • Advanced Public Law
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws and International Litigation
  • Company Law
  • Constitutional Law of Canada
  • Crime in Law, Literature and Culture
  • Family Law: State Regulation of Adults' Relationship Formation and Breakdown
  • Globalisation and Law
  • Insurance Contract Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Commercial Sales
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Law and the Human Body
  • Penal Policy
  • Renting Homes: Law and Policy
  • Theories of Law and Justice
  • Transitional Justice: Law, War and Crime

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300


  • Final award: Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB (Hons))
  • Name of award: LLB Maritime Law
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • law (including as solicitors and barristers)
  • politics
  • business
  • accountancy
  • banking
  • the civil service
  • national and international organisations
  • media
  • entertainment

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