Maritime Department

MSc (Hons) in Maritime Law and Shipping Management 

Key Feature

Code                              MMSC210

Modules                        18

Duration                       18 months

Registration                 Any time
Teaching                       Distance learning

Credits                           160

Tuition Fees                 $15,000

The Master in Maritime with Honors, MSc (Hons) in Maritime Law and Shipping Management, is a specialized program meticulously designed to delve deep into the multifaceted world of maritime law and shipping management. Through a blend of theoretical modules and practical applications, this program covers a vast spectrum—from the essentials of ship types and maritime operations to the complex legalities surrounding the carriage of goods by sea. With an emphasis on real-world scenarios and case studies, students will be immersed in both the operational and legal dimensions of maritime activities. While the course core remains focused on maritime law and shipping, it also briefly branches into elective areas, allowing students a brief exploration beyond the central maritime realm.

The primary objectives of this course are to:

  • To provide students with a robust knowledge foundation in the maritime industry, detailing various sectors, terminologies, and operational nuances.
  • To instill a profound understanding of the legal frameworks governing maritime activities, particularly in the carriage of goods by sea and marine insurance arenas.
  • To develop practical shipping management skills, focusing on real-world challenges and their resolutions.
  • To offer detailed insights into arbitration laws as they pertain to the maritime sector, emphasizing resolution mechanisms for potential disputes.
  • To ensure comprehension of the pivotal law of the sea, its conventions, and its relevance in contemporary maritime operations.
  • To encourage research acumen through long project reports, enabling students to address complex questions and contribute to the maritime field’s ever-evolving knowledge base.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Proficiently decipher and utilize maritime terminologies, processes, and classifications.
  • Navigate maritime law principles and apply them in practical contexts, ensuring consistent adherence to legal protocols.
  • Exhibit proficiency in shipping management, spanning various facets from understanding shipowning functions to effective cargo operations management.
  • Utilize knowledge of International Maritime Organization (IMO) conventions, maritime zones, and relevant laws to formulate strategic solutions to maritime challenges.
  • Assess and strategize dispute resolutions based on arbitration principles and alternative methodologies.
  • Demonstrate deep insight into marine insurance, identifying and applying various policies, clauses, and associated risk factors.
  • Engage in and contribute original research, offering fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to the maritime sector through well-structured project reports and case studies.

      1. Introduction to shipping
      • Shipowning company's Departments & Maritime Jobs, Part 1
      • Maritime Jobs, Part 2
      • Nautical Terminology
      • Shipping Terminology, Ship's Tonnage

      2. Types of ships, Nationality of Ships, International Organizations
      • Types of ships, Part 1
      • Types of ships, Part 2. Ship’s demolition
      • Nationality of ship and ships under flags of convenience, Piracy and Hot pursuit
      • International Maritime Organization (IMO) and key conventions of the IMO

      3. Introduction to Marine Insurance, Chartering and Classification Societies
      • The commonly used marine insurance terms
      • Contract of sales, Charter parties and Bills of lading
      • Cargo terminology, Cargo operation
      • Classification society and the International Safety Management code (ISM)

      4. Port Management, Shipbroking, Voyage Estimation
      • Vessel’s port expenses
      • Shipbrokers and agents
      • The Baltic Exchange – Associated shipping organizations
      • Voyage Estimation, Part 1

      5. Management of the Marine Environment
      • MARPOL 1973/1978
      • The London Dumping Convention (LDC) 1972 and Protocol 2006
      • Air pollution
      • Management of ballast water pollution
      • Wreck removal, Nairobi Convention on the Removal of Wrecks 2007

      6. Shipping Law I
      • Hague rules, Hague/Visby rules and case studies
      • Case studies on Carriage of Goods by Sea
      • Exceptions, limitation of liability
      • Documents of sea transportation

      7. Shipping Law II
      • English legal system
      • Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR), mediation
      • Arbitration, Arbitration Act 1996
      • Ethics in arbitration
      • Aspects of arbitration proceedings

      8. Law of the Sea I
      • Evolution of the Law of the Sea
      • Geneva Conventions 1958 and the Law of the Sea Convention 1982
      • Maritime Zones, Normal baselines, Baselines of special circumstances, Internal waters, Jurisdiction over foreign ships in ports, Case study
      • Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone, Delimitation of the Territorial Sea, Innocent passage

      9. Law of the Sea II
      • Straits used for International Navigation, Transit passage, Straits of Special Regime, Panama Canal, Suez Canal, The Turkish Straits
      • Exclusive Economic Zone, Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone, Case study of delimitation in the Eastern Mediterranean. Geomorphic and Legal Continental Shelf, The Continental Shelf of islands
      • Archipelagos, Archipelagic States, Archipelagic waters, Archipelagic Sea-lanes passage
      • High Seas, Freedom of the High Seas, Jurisdiction, Penal jurisdiction in matters of collision and case study, Unauthorized broadcasting, Slavery, Right to visit, Illicit traffic in narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances

      10. Case Studies on the Law of the Sea
      • Sally and Newton (1806), The Eisler case (1949): Jurisdiction over foreign ships in internal waters
      • Corfu Channel (1949): Straits used for international navigation
      • Tunisia v. Libya case (1982): Delimitation of the continental shelf
      • Torrey Canyon (1967): Intervention on the high seas
      • American Aquarius v. Atlantic Hope (1977): Collision of ships in a traffic separation scheme not adopted by the IMO
      • Delimitation of the continental shelves between Greece and Italy (1977)
      • Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone between Hellenic Republic and Egypt (2020)

      11. Marine Insurance I
      • The History of Marine Insurance
      • Marine Insurance Terminology
      • Marine Insurance Act 1906, Lloyd’s Underwriters
      • Contract of Indemnity

      12. Marine Insurance II
      • Insurable Interest
      • Subject Matter Insured
      • Time Policy
      • Valued and Unvalued Policies

      13. Marine Insurance III
      • Utmost Good Faith
      • Warranties I (express warranties)
      • Warranties II (implied warranties), Proximate Cause
      • Marine Risks, Perils of the Sea

      14. Marine Insurance IV
      • Excluded Losses, The Inchmaree Clause, Negligence
      • The Inchmaree Clause, 3/4ths Collision Liability
      • War and Strikes Risks
      • Total Loss, Actual Total Loss, Constructive Total Loss

      15. Marine Insurance V
      • Particular Average Loss, Salvage
      • General Average, Sue and Labor
      • Civil Liability Convention for Pollution Damage (CLC) 1969/92 and Fund Convention 1971/92
      • Protection and Indemnity Clubs (P+I Clubs)

      Entry Requirements

      Bachelor of Science (BSc) or other Higher Education degree, or experienced professionals.

      English language: GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component, or a related certificate of English language course. Proficiency or Lower Certificate in English, or good writing and communication skills in English (at the discretion of the Committee).

      Basic Information Technology skills.


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      Final viva (live video)


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      Career - Maritime Jobs

      Academic staff consisting of professionals with significant career at sea and generally in the shipping industry, being in collaboration with special academic personnel highly expertize in business and the international maritime affairs. Below are the maritime jobs, that our courses prepare you.


      Our students, regardless their professional origin and their academic level, acquire the necessary knowledge which gives them the opportunity to get an outstanding job position in shipping and rise to the highest levels of the maritime industry.  

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