LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law

Course Overview

The LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law enables students to specialise in more than one area, with specialised modules in both Commercial and Maritime Law. This master of Laws course provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills relating to international commercial transactions and the challenges of maritime law.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge which, when combined with our enhanced employability initiatives, can pave the way to a range of careers in this field.

Key Features

Study your LLM at Swansea and you’ll benefit from:

  • A thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching and research – 96% of students are very satisfied with Swansea’s LLM teaching quality and 97% stated that the academic support they received whilst completing their LLM was exceptional (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018)
  • An exceptional student experience – LLMs at Swansea University have an overall satisfaction rating of 98%- a figure which is much higher than UK average (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018)
  • A professional but friendly environment with excellent pastoral support
  • Free English classes, which attracts students from all over the world, ensuring a dynamic and diverse community
  • Innovative lectures delivered by academics at the forefront of scholarship in their field
  • Extra-curricular activities including mooting competitions and summer schools abroad
  • An excellent employability agenda – Swansea LLM programmes have close links with partners across the world, ensuring graduates are particularly well placed in the job market
  • Exemption from the level 2 requirements of CIArb membership, enabling you to apply for the level of Member of the Institute (MCIArb), on successful completion the International Commercial Arbitration module

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

LLM 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to select 1 module from the list of the modules below:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
LACM10Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air
LAGM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law of the Sea
LAMM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Admiralty Law
LAMM02Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Charterparties: Law and Practice
LAMM03Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30The Law of Marine Insurance
LAMM20Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities
AND
 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to take one module from the list of the modules below:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
LACM03Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30E-Commerce
LACM14Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30International Intellectual Property Law
LACM16Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Competition Law
LACM19Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions
LACM20Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30International Corporate Law and Governance
LACM21Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Ship and Other Mobile Assets Finance Law
LA-M01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law of International Trade
LAMM19Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments
AND
 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to take two modules from the list of the modules below (excluding the modules selected above). Students may also select any of the 0 credit modules listed below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
LACM03Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30E-CommerceYou cannot select this module if you have selected it from the optional modules above.
LACM10Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air
LACM14Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30International Intellectual Property Law
LACM16Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Competition Law
LACM17Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30International Commercial Arbitration
LACM19Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions
LACM20Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30International Corporate Law and Governance
LACM21Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Ship and Other Mobile Assets Finance Law
LACM24Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)0Commercial and Maritime Mooting
LACM25Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)0Advanced Language and Study Skills for LLM students
LACM31Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)0Employability Skills in the Commercial and Maritime Industry
LAGM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law of the Sea
LA-M01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law of International Trade
LAMM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Admiralty Law
LAMM02Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Charterparties: Law and Practice
LAMM03Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30The Law of Marine Insurance
LAMM19Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments
LAMM20Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LA-M02ASemester 3 (Summer Taught)60LLM Research Projects

LLM 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to take 1 module from the following list:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
LACM10Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air
LAGM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law of the Sea
LAMM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Admiralty Law
LAMM02Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Charterparties: Law and Practice
LAMM03Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30The Law of Marine Insurance
LAMM20Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities
AND
 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to take 1 module from the following list:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
LACM03Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30E-Commerce
LACM14Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30International Intellectual Property Law
LACM16Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Competition Law
LACM19Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions
LACM20Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30International Corporate Law and Governance
LACM21Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Ship and Other Mobile Assets Finance Law
LA-M01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law of International Trade
LAMM19Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LA-M02ASemester 3 (Summer Taught)60LLM Research Projects

Description

This Master of Laws programme is modular, with students needed to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. The programme is divide in to two parts:

  • Part 1 consists of four modules, each weighted at 30 credits

Following successful completion of the taught modules, students may proceed to part 2:

  • The second part of this LLM consists of two research projects
  • The projects are customarily researched and written up over the summer period and are designed to enable students to develop their research skills

We offer a wide range of full modules (taught from September till May/June). Students must taken one module from the following list:

Admiralty Law, Marine Insurance Law, Charterparties: Law and Practice, Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air, Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities, and Law of the Sea.

And one module from the following list:

International Trade Law, Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments, E-Commerce Law, Competition Law, International Intellectual Property law, Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions, International Corporate Law and Governance, and Ship and Other Mobile Assets Finance Law.

Students can choose another 2 modules from those available in International Maritime Law or International Commercial Law

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law is a 2:2 honours degree, ideally in a cognate discipline. Candidates with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from students from around the world and require evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements.                                                                                                             

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) and TOEFL (with a score of at least 88 and at least Listening: 21, Reading: 22, Speaking: 23, Writing: 21).

Free English language classes are available which are designed to assist you in improving your critical legal thinking and writing.

How To Apply

Apply online where you will be able to track your application at each stage of the process and print off your decision letter.

For further information on how to apply by email or post, please see our How to Apply page

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM Full-time £7,300 £15,450
LLM Part-time £3,650 £7,750
LLM Part-time £2,450 £5,150

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students may incur additional costs during the course of the programme, which are not covered by tuition fees. These can include, but are not limited to: stationery, books, printing, thesis binding and photocopying costs.

Fees and Funding

Loans, bursaries and alternative sources of funding may be available. See our Fees and Funding page for more information.

Teaching & Assessment

Students are taught in small classes to encourage active discussion. Teaching is supported by the use of our Blackboard virtual learning environment, which facilitates online learning. This also gives students access to course materials and shared areas for group work and discussion.

All LLM modules are assessed using a combination of coursework and examination, with each carrying an equal weighting of 50%.

Careers & Employability

Enhancing our students’ employability is a key priority. In order to do this, we organise a number of initiatives for LLM students:

  • Personal employability advice from dedicated Employability Officers
  • A series of guest lectures to give a students an insight into practice in the field
  • Mooting competitions
  • The annual LLM careers fair, which gives students the opportunity to meet representatives from local and international law firms
  • Networking events and visits to leading practices within the City of London

For further information, please visit our LLM Employability webpage or our student destinations webpage.

Contact Details

Professor B. Soyer  (Taught Masters Admissions Tutor)

Tel: +44 (0)1792 295125

Email: LLM@swansea.ac.uk

Meet our Student, Steve

Steve Agbiboa (Nigeria)

Steve Agbiboa

Steve graduated with an LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law at Swansea University. He is currently working as the Head of Regional Legal Services at the Heritage Bank Limited in Lagos, Nigeria. In his role, Steve supervises the regional offices across the country and provides comprehensive legal advice on credit transactions across the various branches of the bank.