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Law Programs in Maritime, Shipping, Trade Management Programs in Operations & SCM

swansea university

Chartered in 1920, Swansea University is a research-led, third largest university in Wales, United Kingdom. With over 15,000 students and 2,500 staff, Swansea's multicultural campus community provides a global perspective and opportunities to gain skills that last a lifetime. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life.

Swansea University is a highly research intensive university with 52 Centers of Research. The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) showed that Swansea had the largest increase in internationally excellent research in the whole of the UK, with over 90% of its academic staff classed as research active. Almost 50 per cent of staff were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigor.

Working closely with industry enables the University's researchers to make a direct positive impact in the commercial world. These industrial collaborations also provide vital funding and support for research projects across a range of disciplines, and can make a real difference to the businesses who engage with the university. The excellent links with industry across all disciplines inform teaching and provide numerous opportunities to carry out industry-linked research projects and work experience.

swansea university campus

Academic Programs


Undergraduate Programs

  • BSc Business Management (Operations and Supply Management) with year work placement (4 years)
  • BSc Business Management (Operations and Supply Management) (3 years)
  • BSc Business Management (Operations and Supply Management) with Year Abroad (4 years)
  •  These degrees provides students with a broad range of expertise across the main areas of business and management (such as marketing, finance, accounting, strategy and human resource management) together with a specific focus on topics such as operations management, supply chain management and project management. The four year option offers students the opportunity to undertake either a year-long or two six-month industrial placements.

Masters Programs

Management Programs (1 year Full-time)

  • MSc Management (Operations and Supply Management): The program is for students with a clear interest in understanding how things (be it products or services) are made and in improving this transformation process. The pathway offers students the opportunity to focus on modules relating to operations management, supply chain management and project management.

Law Programs (1 year Full-time, 3 years Part-time)

  • LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law: The wide range of LLM degrees offered by the Swansea College of Law, gives students the advantage of choice and specialism. For the student who does not wish to specialize to that extent, the College of Law offers a general LLM postgraduate degree (LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law). 
  • LLM in International Trade Law: This LLM program allows students to focus on specific issues related to International Trade. It places emphasis upon the legal and commercial issues associated with international sale contracts, from their formation to the organization of the transportation of the goods and resolution of the international disputes that may arise. 
  • LLM in International Maritime Law: Taking into account the need to regulate such a wide range of sea-related transactions, this specialized LLM has been developed with a view to providing students with a sound and relevant body of information and understanding of Shipping Law. The course focuses on various aspects of maritime law, from the different contracts for the carriage of goods to marine insurance, international trade and law of the sea.
  • LLM in Oil and Gas Law: Students pursuing the LLM in Oil and Gas Law have the opportunity to study an impressive and diverse choice of subjects of relevance to this growing area of law, enabling them to study and understand the complex legal features of the petroleum industry.

Law Research Programs

  • The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL): IISTL  covers a very broad range of subjects, including shipping, transport by sea, land and air, finance, sales, trade, and corporate law. The IISTL's members are all broad commercial law experts and can provide excellent specialist supervision in any subject within the Institute's broad province of expertise.
  • Current and recent research projects undertaken with supervision by members of the College of Law include: The Implementation of Key IMO Regulations in the Gulf States; The law governing unlawful maritime acts; The multimodal transportation regime under the Rotterdam Rules; The differences in law and practice relating to transport documentation, and more.

Swansea University Features

The School of Law provides first class modern teaching facilities and high quality, professional teaching in a friendly and supportive environment. The School is research-led and is a recognized Centre of Excellence in the teaching of law in the UK and is commended by the Quality Assurance Agency. The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) was established in 2000 and exists as a specialist research and professional training center of the School of Law. Promoting research and teaching of the highest standard in the fields of international shipping and trade law, the Institute also fosters cooperation with other academic institutions and professional, commercial, shipping, insurance and business organizations.

  • Campus: The University, lying on the wide sweep of Swansea Bay, is situated in a large area of landscaped parkland, two miles west of the City of Swansea and within easy reach of the picturesque fishing village of Mumbles. The campus is largely self-contained and has extensive sporting facilities with its own playing fields and Olympic swimming pool.
  • Accreditation: Swansea University is leading public research university in Wales, UK. The programs are suitably accredited by professional accrediting agencies.
  • Swansea Employability Award (SEA): The Swansea Employability Award helps you to explore who you are and then gain experience and develop skills. If you complete the SEA it will be recorded on your degree transcript. There are two main modules to the SEA following registration, the first module is about finding out more about yourself; what you value in life, your personality type, learning styles, what jobs might suit you, then marketing yourself by creating a CV and covering letter. The module finishes with an interview with a Careers Adviser. The second module is about getting experiences. These experiences may follow on from the first module or they may be general experiences and can be work experiences, volunteering, positions of responsibility to name a few. Following the completion of these experiences you will have a mock job interview.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD): The School of Law has established a Unit for the delivery of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Solicitors and Barristers, building upon our existing strengths as an accredited Law Society training provider.
  • International Recognition: Since their launch, the LLM degrees offered by the School of Law of Swansea University in international shipping, trade and commercial law have attained an enviable international reputation. Industry leader Ince & Co, which has long had a strong relationship with the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) at Swansea University, introduced an annual prize for the student who achieves the highest grade in the taught element of any of the LLM Programs.
  • Study Abroad: Most Swansea University students have the opportunity to study abroad as part of their degree for a semester or full year. Swansea University has links with more than 100 partner universities and organizations around the world. Your study abroad destination will depend on the agreements that exist between your department and the overseas institutions.
  • Working Abroad: Swansea University offers a variety of opportunities to gain international work experience. Increasingly, employers expect work experience from graduates. Participation in a work abroad program is an impressive addition to your CV. Swansea University aims to provide a range of opportunities to improve its students employability.
  • Housing: 1,200 students live on campus in a range of accommodation types. 1,600 students live off site in good value, self-catering accommodation in standard rooms with shared bathrooms. The university also manages private houses and provide support if you are looking for housing in the Private Sector.

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