|Study location||United Kingdom, Colchester Campus|
|Type||Master courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||1 year|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
A 2:2. Degree in Law or a joint honours Degree with Law.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
IELTS: 6.5 overall (with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.0 in writing)
At least 2 reference(s) must be provided.
Reference should be written on official letterhead, signed and dated. Please upload it in the Documents section.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, university may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience (CV).
Delve in to the legal principles surrounding the exciting field of global trade with a focus on the shipping industry. Specialise in two key areas of commercial law: International Trade law and Maritime Law, building your knowledge and skills within a continuously growing niche industry. These two areas bring together many fields of law from advanced contract to the law of the sea. The international nature of this course, covering international trade and shipping, is matched by the diverse staff and students that form our truly global community.
You develop a thorough and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the main principles of law in the areas of international trade and maritime law. Exploring the social, political, cultural and economic background of the laws in question, you gain an understanding of how national, European Union Law and International Law interact. You will cover a variety of topics, including:
Financing International Trade
How Marine Insurance protects ships and cargoes
International Law of the Sea issues
Sale and Carriage of Goods by Sea Contracts
Environmental Protection Laws
At Essex we specialise in commercial law, public law, and human rights law. We are 4th in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014) and we are ranked among the top 200 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2018).
Our course uniquely combines International Trade Law with a particular focus on Maritime Law and our close proximity to London means you are near the heart of the UK Finance, Insurance and Shipping industries. You develop your intellectual and critical faculties, encouraging you to think independently and teaching you to present rational, coherent and accurate arguments orally and in writing. It will provide you with an excellent foundation for any career.
Dissertation: LLM International Trade Law
International Trade Finance Law (optional)
International Sale of Goods (optional)
Carriage of Goods By Sea (optional)
Foundation Essay for International Trade Law
Marine Insurance I (optional)
Maritime Law and Wet Shipping (optional)
Our School of Law graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers in international and intergovernmental organisations or employment with governments across the world, in commerce and banking, in non-governmental organisations and, as might be expected, in the legal profession and the judiciary. Students have joined Protection and Indemnity Clubs, working in the Insurance industry including Lloyd’s of London opportunities; they join shipping companies and associations such as the International Maritime Purchasing Association. Others have gone on to Shipping Law firms or Commercial Banks and you can aspire to careers in organisations such as the International Maritime Organisation, UN Conference on Trade and Development or the International Chamber of Commerce. Maritime Law offers a plethora of opportunities and whilst you are at Essex, our staff can advise what type of careers will be suitable according to the modules you found interesting on the course.
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.