Course Information for Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law & Arbitration

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A. Curriculum Requirements


Students are required to take a total of 32-36 units of courses. The programme is specially designed such that students who complete the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in  International Arbitration (GCIA) Programme will be granted 12 units toward the total units required for the Graduate Diploma. Thus, students are required to complete 20-24 units of courses from the Maritime Law grouping and 12 units from the GCIA Programme.


Full-time programme:

Semester 1 (August) Semester 2 (January)
(i) Compulsory course – Carriage of Goods by Sea (5 units); and

(ii) 10-14 units of Maritime Law courses

(i) Compulsory course – Charterparties (5 units); and

(ii) GCIA (equivalent to 12 units)

Part-time programme:

Year 1 Semester 1

Year 1 Semester 2

Year 2 Semester 1

Year 2 Semester 2

(i) Compulsory course – Carriage of Goods by Sea (5 units);
(ii) 4-5 units of Maritime Law elective courses
GCIA (equivalent to 12 units) 4-5 units of Maritime Law elective courses (i) Compulsory course – Charterparties (5 units); and

(ii) 4-5 units of Maritime Law elective courses

Students will be automatically registered for the GCIA Programme. The GCIA comprises three courses: Principles of Contract, Tort and Evidence [CTE]; Arbitration Law & Practice [ALP]  and Drafting and Award Writing Practicum [DAW]. Each course is equivalent to 4 units. Students must take all three GCIA courses in the same semester.

If students fail any of the GCIA courses, the Board of Examiners may allow one further opportunity to pass the courses in the subsequent year. Alternatively, students may make up the failed units with Maritime Law courses to complete the GDMLA. However, in this latter situation, students will be considered to have dropped out of the GCIA, and will not receive the GCIA certification and the relevant professional arbitration accreditation that comes with it.

Students will have to pay the separate full fees for the GCIA on top of the tuition fee for the GDMLA programme if they fail any GCIA courses and re-take them in the subsequent year.

The Faculty's Continuing Legal Education will send details regarding the GCIA to students before the Programme commences in the second week of January.


B. Registration for Electives


Law courses which are opened to the different programmes are denoted by the following course codes:
LLM Programmes - LCD5xxx or LLD5xxx


For more information and the User Guide, please refer to Course Registration Information.


C. Enquiries / Other Information


All enquiries should be directed to

2. Students are advised to check their NUS email account regularly for follow-up responses, if any.

Updated June 2019