LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law

Course Overview

The wide range of LLM degrees offered by the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law gives students the advantage of choice and specialism. For the student who wish to specialise in more than one areas of law, the School offers the LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law. This LLM provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in both Commercial and Maritime Law by choosing specialized modules from both areas of law.

Key Features

Why pursue your LLM at Swansea

  • A thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching and research, which provides an exceptional student experience, as evidenced by our PTES results.
  • A professional but friendly environment with pastoral support and free English language classes which attracts students from all over the world.
  • Lectures  delivered by outstanding academics at the forefront of scholarship in their areas of expertise, which they combine with skilled and innovative teaching.
  • Exemptions from the professional qualifying exams of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Chartered Insurance Institute. If you successfully complete the International Commercial Arbitration module, you will be eligible to apply for exemption from level 2 education requirements of CIArb membership allowing you to apply to be awarded the level of Member of the Institute or MCIArb.
  • Extra-curricular activities such as mooting and summer schools abroad.
  • Our employability initiatives and close links with the legal practice bear fruit as Swansea LLM alumni are particularly well placed in the job market all over the world.
  • For further information please see the LLM Brochure (pdf)


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

LLM 1 Year Full-time

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules

None found.

LLM 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

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


The LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law degree is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits. Students pursuing the LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law may choose four options from the modules listed above.

Part II is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects) and is weighted at 60 credits. The LLM Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period following the successful completion of the taught modules and are designed to enable LLM students to develop their research skills.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law is a 2:2 honours degree (or above) in law or cognate discipline. Candidates with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above as described in http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/your-country/

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test and the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component). For a full list of the Acceptable English Language tests, please see http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/acceptableenglishlanguagetests/

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 and track your application at each stage of the process and print off a copy of your decision letter.

For further information on how to apply by email or post, please see: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/how/

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM Full-time £6,850 £15,000
LLM Part-time £3,450 £7,500
LLM Part-time £2,300 £5,000

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: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

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

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching is conducted in small classes and our students always find an opportunity to participate in discussions and put their views across.  Teaching in LLM modules is supported by the use of our Blackboard virtual learning environment, which facilitates online teaching and learning. Through Blackboard, students have access to course materials, handouts, and lecture notes, as well as shared areas for group work, online discussions, and exchanging ideas with fellow students. 

All LLM modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with an equal weighting of 50% normally given to each component in the final total assessment.

Careers & Employability

Employability has always been on the top of our agenda. To that end we organise a number of initiatives for enhancing our LLM students’ employability. These include:

  • Tailor-made employability advice by two dedicated Employability Officers
  • A series of guest lectures delivered who give our LLM students an insight of the practice.
  • The unique opportunity to get involved in mooting,.
  • Close links with the legal practice and various elements of the shipping and business sectors.
  • The annual LLM Careers Fair, which gives the opportunity to our students to meet and discuss their future aspirations with representatives from an array of local and international law firms.
  • Networking events and visits to leading enterprises within the City of London with a view to enhancing our students’ practical understanding of shipping and insurance practice.

For further information on the Employability initiatives, please visit the LLM Employability website.


Swansea offers a number of postgraduate scholarships and bursaries to help you fund your studies. Please visit the University Scholarships page for further details.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

Swansea Excels in PTES

‌‌The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) provides an invaluable opportunity to taught master students to express their views with regard to their taught master experience on an annual basis. The result of this year's PTES was extremely favourable for LLM programmes delivered by the Department of Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea. In particular,

  • The overall satisfaction rating for the LLM degrees was 96%, a figure that we think few if any commercial LLM courses in Britain, or even the US, can match. In fact, this is a figure which is 12 % higher than the UK sector average.
  • a very high figure of 92% of our students said that they were “very satisfied” with the quality of our teaching provision ( 8 % higher than the sector average).
  • A number of things particularly stood out: “contact time” (the time we were happy to spend teaching, advising and generally talking to our students); “academic enhancement” (students' feeling that their course had left them well-qualified to take on the world and compete with the best in it); and challenge (the fact that we engaged with our students and encouraged them to probe and question everything they heard, including from us).
  • 90 % of our students indicated that the LLM course had helped them to enhance their research ability – the average figure for the UK as a whole being a noticeably lower 70%.


Professor Baris Soyer  (Taught Masters Admissions Tutor)

Tel: +44 (0)1792 295125

Email: LLM@swansea.ac.uk

Dr Theodora Nikaki  (Taught Masters Admissions Tutor)

Tel: +44 (0)1792 513516

Email: LLM@swansea.ac.uk


Meet our Students

Steve Agbiboa (Nigeria)

Steve Agbiboa

Steve graduated with an LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2013. He is currently working as Head, Regional Legal Services, Legal Services Group at Heritage Bank Limited in Lagos, Nigeria. Steve supervises the regional legal offices across the country and advises, prepares and reviews documentations for specialized securities in credit transactions, particularly Vessel Mortgage, Rig Mortgage and Aircraft Mortgage. He also provides comprehensive legal advice on credit transactions to the various Branches of the Bank. He monitors the regional litigations schedules and ensures pro-active litigation management.