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International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece)

LLM ( six intensive teaching blocks over 2 semesters Full-time )Master of Laws ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )

Overview

  • One year full-time evening/weekends intensive block period teaching or,
  • Two years part-time evening/weekends intensive block period teaching.

The LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece) is created by Queen Mary University of London, following the success of the London-based LLM in International Shipping Law. This programme will be taught by Centre for Commercial Law Studies academic staff at the Hellenic Management Centre (HMC) in Piraeus, Greece. It is aimed at lawyers and professionals with relevant work experience and is taught in one or two intensive blocks, so that you can fit it in with your other commitments.

The Hellenic Management Centre is committed to professional education and development within the shipping industry and is also the Official Educational Provider of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) in Greece.

This LLM programme is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Scholarships

Two partial scholarships for the Full-Time LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece) are offered by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and open to Home/EU students only.

Protection and Indemnity Clubs workshop (subject to attendance)

The Protection and Indemnity Clubs workshop will examine their operation as mutual insurance associations vital to the existence and running of the international shipping community and trade. It will cover their history, development and structure, their basic rules of cover and the provision of security, as well as the legal concepts underlying their operation.

It will additionally examine the various risks Protection and Indemnity Clubs insure against, their financial operation, the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Clubs (including its structure, cover and importance), and how these associations relate to other forms of insurance.

Academics teaching on the programme

Read the LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece) brochure and hear what leading lawyers and industry experts say about this course.

 

 


Structure

Classes are provisionally scheduled to be held from 17.30-21.00 on Thursday, Friday and Monday and from 10-17.00 on Saturday and Sunday.

You will also be assessed on a 15,000 word dissertation, following the London LLM curriculum.

Full-Time

The Full-Time LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece) programme consists of six taught modules (assessed by exams or written essays), taught in intensive teaching blocks over the two academic semesters. The frequency of the teaching is once or twice per month from September to April.

Part-time

The Part-Time option of the programme, is aimed at professionals that they would like to undertake their studies at a controlled pace which will help them to cope with the complexities of highly demanding professional, academic and personal lives.

You will attend the same modules and follow the same teaching timetable as full-time students. However, the part-time programme is spread over two academic years.

In year one, you will normally complete 90 credits of taught modules. In year two, you will normally take a further 45 credits of taught modules and submit the compulsory 15,000-word dissertation (45 credits). The allocation of the modules will be based on a 4 plus 2 plus Dissertation format.

Modules

All modules are 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated.

Note: All modules listed below are compulsory for the LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece). These modules are also available to be studied on the LLM Flexible Study Programme.

    Entry requirements

    How to apply

    The deadline for applying for the LLM in International Shipping Law in Piraeus is 27 August 2018. Students who have made applications before or on this date should make sure to receive their unconditional offer in time for the induction and enrolment session held at the beginning of September.

    Law graduates

    The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

    Non-law graduates

    As the programme will be principally addressed to working professionals, non-law graduates will also be considered on the basis of professional experience that directly relates to the specialisation of the programme. Membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers along with professional experience will also be considered. In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.

    A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered. We reserve the right to interview either in person or via Skype applicants with a non-law degree background but with relevant professional experience directly related to this programme.

    English language requirements

    Non-native English speakers are required to demonstrate that they meet the Queen Mary minimum English language entry requirements through a recognised English language qualification, namely IELTS, ILEC or the PTE Academic English Test.

    Since test centres and test dates can often be booked up well in advance, we strongly recommend that students make contact with their preferred option in good time. The British Council is an example of a teaching and test centre with which students can register in order to take a test to demonstrate their English-language qualifications. Visit the British Council website for information regarding exam dates and requirements in Paris.

    Please note that Queen Mary can also accept the internet-based TOEFL English language qualification for this programme. In this case, students are required to demonstrate an overall score of minimum 100, with 27 in writing (Listening 17, Reading 18, and Speaking 20).

    Learning and teaching

    You will have access to all the relevant online academic resources that are available to QMUL students in London, as well as access to the extensive Laskaridis Library in Piraeus.

    This programme is taught at the Hellenic Management Centre, 1 Platonos & 18 Sotiros Dios str., Piraeus, 18535, Greece.

    Academics teaching on the programme

    Fees

    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2016 entry
    £10,950

    Tuition fees for International students

    2016 entry
    £18,950

    Funding

    There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

    These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

    School of Law scholarships

    The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.

    Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

    We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

    Read more about funding a masters

    Alternative sources of funding

    Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

    Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.

    Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide (pdf).

    Read more about funding a masters.

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
    email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

    Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

    We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

    Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

    Profiles

    Alexandros Tsakonas

    2015-2016 - LLM International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece) Partial Scholarship recipient

    Prior to entering the LLM programme at Queen Mary, I studied Law in Greece and worked in a shipping company gaining on board experience on a dry bulk vessel.

    Embarking on a Bulk Carrier vessel and gaining seagoing experience enabled me to develop not only my maritime background, but also to acquire a valuable practical experience of the shipping industry. Insights of the operation of the vessel always help to better understand the industry and the dynamics of seaborne trade.

    However, the LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece) offered by the QMUL was really effective in making the necessary connections between theory and practice. The location, in one of the most important maritime hubs, Piraeus, and the variety and range of the modules provided, were the decisive factors when considering my LLM applications.

    I decided that the best way to obtain a specialized maritime education was with an LLM in Piraeus in one of the leading UK institutions. QMUL offers you not only the chance to study in depth shipping law but also the chance to participate in a series of seminars and events in one of the major centers of global shipping and develop your network within the industry.

    I truly enjoyed studying at Queen Mary. My modules were interesting, challenging and covered all the aspects of maritime legal issues. In particular, I really appreciated the positive interaction with all the lecturers, which were always very friendly, supportive, and willing to give useful feedback on a variety of issues. It was impressing that even after the end of the LLM the lecturers were next to me when I had queries regarding a job interview.

    I currently work as a Claims Manager in a P&I Club in London and my LLM studies in QMUL were surely considered as an asset when applying for this job. QMUL is much respected in the shipping industry and its reputation is highly taken into account by employers. I really want to keep being part of the QMUL family and will certainly get involved in the Alumni society.


    Dimitra Giannoula

    2015-2016 - LLM International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece) Partial Scholarship recipient

    Being a former student of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), I’m fully aware of the high standards of education, training and research that QMUL is committed to provide to all its programmes, so applying for the LLM in International Shipping Law here was an effortless decision. I truly believe that a successful completion of this programme awarded by Queen Mary will provide me with a profound knowledge of the legal framework of international shipping law and an academic expertise in specialized areas of global maritime law.

    The Hellenic Management Centre has excellent facilities and provides very good services for the students. Additionally, I am certain that a specialized LLM in International Shipping Law awarded by a highly reputable university such as QMUL will be a valuable asset towards reaching my final destination, the completion of my long term career goal of becoming a legal expert of international shipping law and shipping finance law, practising in Greece or abroad.

    The QMUL Partial Scholarship was definitely the much needed tailwind to my personal journey. The scholarship awarded not only helps me, from a practical point of view, to overcome financial obstacles but also provides me with the necessary certainty in order to work assiduously and staunchly towards completion of my goal.


    Panagiotis Vavougyios

    2015-2016 - LLM International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece) Partial Scholarship recipient

    What makes the LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece) unique is the fact that it takes place in Piraeus. Piraeus is one of the most vital ports in the world, where big proportion of the shipping trade takes place and where most of the biggest companies of the industry have presence. In addition, given the fact that QM is in close cooperation with the Hellenic Management Centre, a well-respected training institute known for promoting professionalism in the shipping industry, one could definitely argue that this LLM takes place in the heart of the shipping industry.

    What I enjoy the most about the course is the interaction between the academics and the students. The lecturers of this programme are all top academics and well respected professionals who are in position to create a very stimulating teaching environment. It is a rare experience to be around so many intellectual and stimulating people with whom you share the same passion for the law.

    I was very excited when I was awarded the scholarship but at the same time I felt truly honoured since I am aware of the high standards and academic excellence of Queen Mary University of London. Being one of the scholarship winners motivates me even more to excel in this programme.


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