Master of Laws (LLM) Maritime Law

With the support and encouragement of the Faculty and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the LLM (Maritime Law) programme, for law graduates, together with its companion programme, the Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law and Arbitration (GDMLA), for non-lawyers, has been offered by NUS Law since 2008.


Students enrolled for the LLM degree are required to take 40-44 credits of courses; to obtain the LLM (Maritime Law) at least 24 of these credits must be taken from the Maritime Law subject grouping. The curriculum must also include two compulsory courses, Carriage of Goods by Sea (5 credits) AND Charterparties (5 credits). Students from a non-common law background will be required to read one common law module, Singapore Common Law of Contract (4 credits), as part of the credit requirement, unless exemption is granted. There is no mandatory dissertation requirement, although students with an interest in pursuing their own independent research may choose to take a directed research paper (4 credits) as part of the degree programme.


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The LLM (Maritime Law) full-time programme lasts one academic year, commencing in August and ending the following May. However, students working for companies based in Singapore who are supported by the Maritime and Port Authority or other companies may choose to study for the degree part-time over two academic years. 


Entrance requirements

The following is required:


1. A good Bachelor’s degree in Law.


2. English language requirement (for all foreign applicants, except those from English-medium institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States): Minimum TOEFL iBT Total score of 100. (Candidates who have obtained an iBT Total score of 92-99 or minimum IELTS (Academic) overall band score 7.0 may also apply. However, they may be invited to attend an interview or be required to undertake a prescribed intensive English language training course, prior to commencing law studies.)


Course fees

For course fee details, refer to:   


Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF)
The LLM (Maritime Law)  Programme is pre-approved for the co-funding of course fees under Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF) - Certifiable Courses. Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents applying for the LLM (Maritime Law) Programme may be eligible for 90%* co-funding of the tuition fee (excluding GST), subject to a cap and qualifying conditions.
For more information on the MCF grant, please refer to MCF website, ‘Certifiable Courses’.  Application must be made to MCF at least 30 days before the course commencement date. 
* 90% co-funding is applicable only for enrolment in AY2020-21.


SkillsFuture Study Award for Sea Transport Sector

Singapore Citizens may also apply (subject to qualifying criteria) for the SkillsFuture Study Awards, an initiative under the national SkillsFuture effort to support and encourage early to mid-career Singaporeans deepen their skills in certain economic sectors, including the maritime sector. This is a $5,000 monetary award, which can be used to defray out-of-pocket expenses associated with the course that you will be taking. It can also be used on top of existing Government course fee subsidies.


For more information about the SkillsFuture Study Award for the Sea Transport Sector, click here.