M.Sc. International Trade, Transport & Maritime Law

London Metropolitan University

Application deadline: You are advised to apply as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 7,780 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,100 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 24 months
Part-time variant: Evening

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The course is centred on the needs of the modern professional lawyer working or intending to work in trade, transport and maritime related industries. Your legal study is set in a specific context to provide you with a detailed knowledge, depth of understanding and practical insight into the industry.
Tuition through seminar participation will help develop the analytical, critical, communication and research skills upon which to build your career. A compulsory one-week foundation course precedes the first semester to provide a foundation in commercial law, research and assessment technique.

We aim to find students appropriate linked vocational activity during their degree and are fortunate to have a full-time placement and employability officer dedicated to Law students.

This course is led by Susan Hawker, expert and specialist in Maritime Law. Susan is a Principal Lecturer in International Trade and Shipping law at London Metropolitan University, and Associate Professor at the London Law Centre of the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana, USA).

After qualifying as a barrister, Susan worked in P & I, before going into academia. She is currently also the examiner for and academic consultant to the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA).
In addition to these roles Susan also lectures for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers as well as being a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School, City University School of Engineering and BCA Athens, teaching on postgraduate and professional shipping courses.

Career opportunities
This degree provides highly specialised knowledge and research skills for legal practitioners and legal positions within trade, transport, maritime and insurance industries. A Masters degree is also a natural stepping stone towards a doctoral qualification.


Course Structure
You can either take:

eight taught modules and a research essay or six taught modules and a dissertation. Common to both structures is the core module Legal Research Methodology,

Core modules:

* International Carriage of Goods by Sea Law
* World Trade: Law and Policy
* Legal Research Methodology

Designate modules include:

* Principles of International Insurance Law
* International Sale of Goods Law
* Admiralty Law
* Law of International Insurance Contracts
* Law of International Commercial Arbitration

Optional modules include:

* Competition Law
* Company Law and Corporate Governance
* Law and Regulation of Financial Markets
* Comparative Law of Financial Crime
* Comparative Trademarks Law
* Management of Intellectual Property Rights
* Law of International Banking and Finance
* Private International Law (Conflict of Laws)*

Assessment is through a mix of seen and unseen examination questions, coursework and research.


Normally a UK or overseas degree in law of at least lower second-class or its equivalent. Alternatively, a non-law degree plus a professional legal qualification. Holders of thePG Diploma in Maritime Law (distance learning) awarded by this University will obtain 120 credits towards this specific LLM.

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