Coursework Diploma

Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law & Arbitration
With the support and encouragement of the Faculty and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law and Arbitration (GDMLA), for non-lawyers, has been offered by NUS Law since 2008. Designed for students who do not possess a first degree in law, the Diploma provides specialized training in maritime law and arbitration to professionals such as master mariners, marine engineers, and graduates from other disciplines working in the maritime sector.   Quick Links  

Like its sister programme, the LLM (Maritime Law), the Graduate Diploma allows individuals from Singapore-based companies who are able to furnish evidence of full sponsorship or a letter of support from their companies or the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to pursue the course on a part-time basis over two years.

Candidates from overseas will be required to complete the Graduate Diploma in one year.

Candidates must be a qualified Master Mariner, or marine engineer, or have a tertiary degree in another discipline, such as maritime studies, or business. It is essential that candidates demonstrate that they have relevant working experience in the maritime sector. Candidates must also meet the same standards of English proficiency as students in the LLM programme.

To complete the course, students will be required to take 32-36 credits (generally, 8 modules) of coursework modules. The programme is specially designed such that students who complete the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration programme will be granted 12 credits toward the total credits required for the Graduate Diploma. Please refer HERE for details on the GDMLA programme.

While some classes are offered after office hours, others may be conducted on weekdays during office hours.

Through the integration of the Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration into the Diploma in Maritime Law and Arbitration, students will obtain the benefit of training in commercial arbitration, as well as the advantage of two qualifications. This is also designed to reflect the emergence of arbitration as an important means of dispute settlement in the shipping world.

The course fee for the Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law & Arbitration incorporates the fees for the Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration. If students start off and enrol first in the Graduate Certificate before embarking on the Graduate Diploma, separate programme fees are payable.


Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF)
The Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law & Arbitration 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 Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law & Arbitration Programme may be eligible for 90%* co-funding of the course fee, 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.