Cardiff Law School

Cardiff University

Shipping Law

The LLM Shipping Law programme offers a detailed investigation of the theoretical and practical issues that arise within maritime law and can help students to develop the expertise necessary to become a specialist in this major area of commercial law.

The LLM Shipping Law provides students with a general appreciation of current issues in specific areas of law, both domestic and international, stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivate independent and original thought, and enables students to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law.

Entry requirements

Students will be required to have achieved at least a 2.2 degree in Law, although other qualifications may be considered.

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.

Early application is strongly advised, normally well before the end of July.

Course modules

Stage 1

Students will study four modules, each worth 30 credits. At least two of these must be from the following core modules:

  • Carriage of Goods by Land, Sea and Air
  • International Commercial Maritime Law
  • International Sales Law
  • Law of the Sea
  • Marine Insurance

For more course and module information, please see the LLM Shipping Law page on the Law School website.

Assessment will usually be by means of a 5,000 word essay, or another approved method.

Stage 2

Students will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation with staff supervision. This will be submitted in September for full-time students, and in December in the second year for part-time students.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 6,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
LLM Full-time £ 15,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
LLM Part-time £ 3,250 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
LLM Part-time £ 7,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cathays Park Campus Cardiff CF10 3AT Wales