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Postgraduate Diploma in International Maritime Law

Study international trade and maritime law by distance learning - continuation route to LL.M.

Application deadline: 25 August 2017 | Starts: 25 September 2017

Delivered by tutored distance learning

The renowned part-time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and the World Maritime University.  The programme develops leading knowledge and awareness of international trade and maritime law, increasing understanding of how commercial trade ventures may give rise to legal issues.

 With English law recognised internationally as a dominant legal system providing the basis for maritime and trade contracts, and with London as the single most important forum for settling disputes, both through court litigation and arbitration, this course approaches law in relation to how it is applied in practice.

Students may continue their studies to the degree of LL.M in International Maritime Law. The LL. M is offered in collaboration between Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, the World Maritime University.


On completing this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of international trade and maritime law
  • Explain the overall commercial context in which the law operates
  • Analyse practical problems raising legal issues
  • Learn how to apply the relevant law to problems that arise in practice
  • Prepare to negotiate a dispute settlement
  • Develop the capacity for independent study

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Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma from the World Maritime University (continuation option to LLM)
Application deadline: 25 August 2017
Start date: 25 September 2017
Administered by Lloyd’s Maritime Academy
Delivery: Part-time Tutored Distance Learning
Duration: 16 months
PG Diploma fees: £5,995 / US$7,795. £400 / US$520 discount for early enrolment. Take a closer look at fees

If you would prefer, there is the option to study the full LLM over 26 months.

The course is not only educative and informative but actually it enhances your thinking, absorbing and interacting capabilities. Overall a very pleasurable experience


Pacific International Lines

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Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry
President, World Maritime University

WMU is the global center of excellence for postgraduate maritime education, research and capacity building and it gives me enormous pleasure and pride to present this course.  It is my hope that you will find this postgraduate programme relevant to your needs and I invite you to join this course as an investment well worth making. We have a commitment to the highest level of academic and professional standards.

Find out more about the World Maritime University

This course is of great relevance to those who wish to acquire expertise in international trade and maritime / shipping law.

The programme has been specifically designed for students from a wide variety of commercial shipping backgrounds, both legal and non-legal, including existing lawyers; those engaged in the shipping and trading industries; trading brokers; shipping/chartering organisations; salvage organisations; P&I Clubs; insurance; and those engaged in investment, finance and banking.

Delivered by online tutored distance learning, this programme allows you to study and gain knowledge without disrupting your normal work

You will have access to all course materials, expert tutorial support and peer networking using our online learning management system.


More about our distance learning

Distance learning, face-to-face workshops, webinars, elearning and blended delivery to match your requirements

We welcome companies placing individual students or groups on any of our publicly advertised distance learning courses, or for larger corporate groups we will deliver to your individual requirements, including instructor lead training, blended delivery solutions, customised assessments, flexible time-scales and dedicated support for learning and development managers.

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I found the course excellent for focusing my mind and providing a disciplined approach to issues

Steve Martin,

Head of Chartering and Projects

Ready to apply?

Do not delay your application – you may qualify for an early enrolment discount, and some courses have a maximum number of participants. Our online application form securely accepts payment by credit card in either £, $ or €, or we will invoice you or your employer for payment by bank transfer.

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This is a World Maritime University programme and qualification. The course is taught, assessed, quality assured and awarded by the World Maritime University. Enrolment and delivery is managed by Lloyd’s Maritime Academy.