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

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Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF)
Maritime Cluster Fund Training Grant is available for the LLM (Maritime Law) Programme. You may wish to check your eligibility for the Training Grant via the ‘MCF - Certifiable Course - Self Assessment Checklist’.  Eligible applicants can submit their claims to the MCF Secretariat, no later than one year from the date of completion of course (i.e. date of conferment of degree or date of issuance as indicated on the certificate of completion).
Please refer to the under Activity: Certifiable Courses for more details on how to submit the claims.