Maritime Department

Master of Science (MSc) in Maritime Law

Key Feature

Code                              MMSC207

Modules                        13
Duration                       13 months
Registration                 Any time
Teaching                       Distance learning
Credits                           96

Tuition Fees                 $7,500

The MSc course in Maritime Law is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the maritime industry, shipping management, and the legal framework governing the use of the world’s oceans. This program aims to equip graduates with a highly specialized skill set, making them well-suited for senior positions within various sectors of the maritime industry. Students will also have the opportunity to work on project reports and a dissertation, allowing them to apply their knowledge to real-world situations.

The main objectives of this MSc course are:

  • To provide students with a solid foundation in the principles and practices of maritime and shipping management, as well as the legal aspects of ocean use.
  • To develop students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills in the context of the maritime industry.
  • To equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to analyze and evaluate complex maritime management situations.
  • To prepare students for successful careers in the maritime industry or related fields, such as policy-making, research, and consulting, by offering a unique blend of professional and academic courses that enable them to rapidly adapt to employer needs and respond effectively and creatively to emerging issues.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the MSc in Maritime Law program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of maritime law, including shipping, marine environment protection, and marine insurance.
  • Analyze and apply legal principles and frameworks to real-world maritime scenarios and case studies.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and implications of international maritime conventions and national legislation in addressing maritime issues.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, on matters related to maritime law and policy.
  • Conduct independent research and produce a high-quality dissertation on a relevant topic in maritime law.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills required for a successful career in the maritime sector.

1. Introduction to shipping
1. Shipowning company’s departments and maritime jobs part I
2. Maritime job s, part II
3. Nautical terminology
4. Shipping terminology, ship’s tonnage

2. Types of ships, Nationality of ships, international organizations
1. Types of ships I
2. Types of ships, part II, Ships demolition
3. Nationality of ships, Ships under flags of convenience
4. International Maritime Organizations (IMO) and key conventions of IMO

3. Law of marine environment I
1. MARPOL 1973/78
2. National and international legislation for the protection of the marine environment
3. Civil Liability Convention for oil pollution 1969/92 (CLC) and Fund Convention 1971/92
4. Air pollution from ships

4. Law of Carriage of Goods by Sea I
1. Introduction to charter parties and bills of lading
2. Voyage charter party I (Dry cargo)
3. Laytime (Dry cargo) I
4. Laytime (Dry cargo) II

5. Law of Carriage of Goods by Sea II
1. Laytime (Dry cargo) III – Tanker Laytime
2. Bills of Lading
3. Hague Rules/Hague Visby Rules and case studies
4. Time charter I
5. Time charter II

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

7. Law of the Sea II
1. Straits used for International Navigation, Transit passage, Straits of Special Regime, Panama Canal, Suez Canal, The Turkish Straits
2. Exclusive Economic Zone, Continental Shelf, The Continental Shelf of islands
3. Archipelagos,
4. 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.

8. Law of marine insurance I
1. Contract of indemnity, Insurable interest
2. Time and voyage policies
3. Utmost good faith
4. Warranties
9. Law of marine insurance II
1. Marine Risks
2. The Incmaree clause
4. War and strike risks
5. Total loss, particular average loss
6. Salvage, General average, sue and labour

10-13. Dissertation
• 15,000 words

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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Worldwide telematic study. No need to attend physically in the class. You watch the lectures in video form, any time you would like and many times as you need. The speech of every video lecture is written in text form, by including the figures and the highlights of the lecture. You interact with the lecturers and tutors in electronic form.

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Assignment & Project


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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