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LLM Programs in Maritime Law and the Law of the Sea in Bangor, UK

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Established in 1785, Founded in 1884, Bangor University (Prifysgol Bangor) is a Welsh university located at the city of Bangor in North Wales and has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. It received its Royal Charter in 1885 and was one of the founding member institutions of the former federal University of Wales. Around 11,000 students currently study at the University, with 650 teaching staff based within twenty three Academic Schools.

According to the Sunday Times University Guide 2012, it is rated top in Wales for teaching excellence and is among the top 15 universities in the UK in this category. Bangor University is ranked in the top 40 in the UK for research according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The most recent National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 15 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions).

Student life at Bangor University is vibrant and diverse with more than 150 Students’ Union Clubs and Societies, covering a range of interests, activities and sports. The university Clubs and Societies were named best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

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Academic Programs

Masters Program


  • LLM in Maritime Law (1 year, full-time): This course provides advanced level knowledge and skills in the areas of Maritime Law and Commercial Law. Students will develop international and commercial perspectives on issues relating to Maritime Law, and will learn to operate with expertise in the multifaceted interface between the different areas of the field. Students will acquire a broad understanding of Maritime Law, including its fundamental principles and values, the influences upon it, the substantive rules of the discipline and the underpinning architecture and institutions; as well as an understanding of the different areas within the discipline, such as wet shipping law and dry shipping law.
  • LLM in Law of the Sea (1 year, full-time): The course will appeal to applicants who are interested in the law of the sea and international law, but who do not necessarily want to study the commercial aspects of a Maritime Law degree. The course focuses predominantly on international law, with a particular emphasis on the law of the sea. Students will acquire expertise in the multifaceted interface between the different fields of international law, whilst also developing specialist knowledge of the law pertaining to the sea. The skills learnt on this program are adaptable to work in international bodies, international courts and tribunals, and international law firms; as well as in roles relating to piracy or marine pollution.
  • Entry Requirements include a minimum of a 2(ii) degree in a relevant subject from an approved University. Alternatively, possession of a suitable professional qualification or relevant practical experience may be accepted. In general, all applicants are judged on their individual merits. Work experience and other factors are also taken into consideration. International students require an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

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