Maritime Law LLM
Maritime law unfolds against the most dramatic of backdrops, such as war and invasion, storms and pollution disasters. It addresses issues as diverse as the liability of carriers of goods to the exploitation of fish stocks, the legal response to stowaways, to the insurance response to smuggling.
The course is headed by experts in the field, namely Professors Howard Bennett and Sarah Dromgoole. Howard Bennett holds the Hind Chair in Commercial Law and, being interested in international trade and maritime law generally, he is an internationally renowned expert on marine insurance. He is author of the prize-winning 'The Law of Marine Insurance' and is a contributing author to the authoritative Benjamin’s Sale of Goods with responsibility for international trade finance.
Sarah Dromgoole, Professor of Maritime Law, is one of the world's leading experts on the law relating to shipwrecks, a topic that has gained focus in recent years due to the opening up of the oceans by advances in deep-water technology. She has published extensively on this subject, is regularly consulted by governments and other organisations, and is much in demand to give conference papers and seminars. Sarah also has many years of teaching experience in the international trade law field.
- The School of Law was ranked 41st best law school in the world by the QS World Rankings 2016
- The school enjoys professional relationships with international institutions, leading UK law firms, private industry and consultancies, and non-governmental organisations
- We have a dedicated Legal Skills Advisor who delivers workshops and one-to-one sessions on issues such as time management, how to answer a problem question, how to research and reference, and how to choose a dissertation topic
The LLM programme is offered on a full-time basis, to be completed in one academic year; and a part-time basis, to be completed in two academic years.
Candidates must complete at least 90 credits worth of modules from the qualifying specialist module options for the LLM Maritime Law. The remaining 30 credits needed to complete the taught stage of the degree can be chosen from the full suite of modules offered across all of our LLM programmes.
In addition, students must choose a dissertation topic which sits within the field of Maritime Law.Students are given a wide array of support when choosing their dissertation title and preparing to undertake research, with bespoke workshops and one-to-one support available throughout the process.
The LLM programme operates small-group seminar teaching, allowing for an integrative and interactive learning experience. Students are encouraged and expected to prepare for and participate in seminars so that they get the maximum benefit from teaching sessions.
All seminars offer dedicated teaching, open only to postgraduate students, including postgraduate research students, where the module option is relevant to a student’s doctoral research.
Students are given the opportunity to complete formative assessments in both the autumn and spring term, which acts as a practice assignment that does not contribute towards their degree. Rather, formative assessments provide valuable feedback which can be utilised constructively when completing summative assessments.
All summative assessments take place at the end of the spring term; this includes assessments for autumn options. Modules are assessed by either essay, examination, or a combination of both.
Qualifying module options
- EU Competition Law
- International Commercial Arbitration
- International Law of the Sea
- International Sale of Goods
- Law of International Carriage of Goods by Sea
- Law of International Trade Finance
- Law of Marine Insurance
- Maritime Law
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers. Many graduates either go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with their experience and prospects enhanced by their experiences on the course. A large number also work with NGOs, or return to their countries with the relevant skills to help add to the future development of that country.
A selection of LLM graduates progress onto our PhD programme each year, in order to progress their academic career. These students often choose to stay at The University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of our current lecturers having completed both the LLM and PhD programmes with us before becoming members of staff.
Average starting salary and career progression
Over 94% of our postgraduates who were available for work entered employment or further study within the first six months after graduation. The average starting salary for a Nottingham taught masters student is £23,082 with the highest salary being £48,000.*
*Known destinations of the 2013/14 leaving cohort of Nottingham home/EU postgraduates who studied full-time.
Career prospects and employability
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career throughout your time at the University and beyond.
Services available include:
- Presentations and drop-in sessions with employers
- One-to-one careers guidance and CV sessions with our advisers
- Over 250 careers events
- A specialist careers adviser for research postgraduates
All postgraduate students also become members of the Graduate School, which provides dedicated facilities and resources to enhance your postgraduate experience.
Entry requirements 2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Other requirements Mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered
IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening)
If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
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Last updated August 9, 2016