The National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Laws (LLM) – Maritime Law Specialisation is offered by the NUS Faculty of Law.

This specialisation enables students to obtain specialised knowledge in legal matters relating to commercial shipping, marine insurance, shipping regulation and ocean policy. These are areas of great importance to Singapore (given its status as a global port) as well as the region.

Overseas students accepted into this specialisation will normally do it full-time within one academic year.

Students working for companies based in Singapore who are supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore or other companies will normally do the programme part-time and complete it within two academic years.


Admission to the NUS LLM programme is granted on a competitive basis as places in the programme are limited. Applicants should possess the following minimum requirements:


Bachelor’s Degree in Law


Not applicable

English Language

Applicants from English-medium institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States:

  • No requirement

Applicants whose LLB or LLM degrees were conducted entirely in the English medium:

  • May submit a request with supporting documents for consideration (on a case-by-case basis) to be granted a waiver

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not completely in English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 100 (Internet-based), or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score of 7.0.

Candidates who have obtained a TOEFL score of 92–99 (Internet-based) may also apply, but may be invited to attend an interview or be required to undertake a prescribed intensive English language training course, prior to commencing law studies.

Note: TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application. In view of COVID-19, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition, TOEFL ITP® Plus (with a score of at least 627) for China and IELTS indicator (with the same scores as the standard IELTS test) will be accepted in the interim until testing centres reopen.


Not applicable


The NUS LLM programme (Maritime Law specialisation) is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated below):

 Full-time  12 months 
 Part-time  24 months

Note: International applicants must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.


The NUS LLM is a 40–44-modular credit (MC) coursework-based graduate degree programme comprising:

  • Core/essential modules (at least 24 MCs), and
  • Elective Modules (up to 20 MCs).
Core/Essential Modules

Students who wish to specialise in Maritime Law must complete at least 24 MCs of modules from the Maritime Law subject cluster, including the compulsory modules Carriage of Goods by Sea (5 MCs) and Charterparties (5 MCs). Students from non-Common Law jurisdictions are required to take Singapore Common Law of Contract in Semester 1.

View Modules

Module Code Module Title MCs
LC5225 Carriage of Goods by Sea 5
LC5204 Charterparties 5
LC5337 Singapore Common Law of Contract 4
Maritime Law
Module Code Module Title MCs
LL5002V Admiralty Law & Practice (Sem 1) 5
LL5054 Domestic & International Sale of Goods (Sem 2) 4
LL5214 International and Comparative Oil and Gas Law (Sem 1) 4
LL5029BV International Commercial Arbitration (Sem 1) 5
LL5034V International Regulation of Shipping (Sem 2) 5
LL5043 Law of Marine Insurance (Sem 2) 4
LL5140V Law of the Sea: Theory and Practice (Sem 2) 5
LL5205V Maritime Conflict of Laws (Sem 2) 5
LL5322V Trade Finance Law (Sem 1) 5
Elective Modules

Up to 20 MCs of modules may be selected from those offered in other subject clusters in the LLM programme.

For a complete list of modules in all the subject clusters, please refer to the NUS Law website Course Listing.

Note: For more information about the modules listed above (as well as other modules offered in the current academic year), please visit NUSMODS.


To graduate from the NUS LLM programme with an Maritime Law specialisation, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass a total of 40–44 MCs. 

Module and/or Qualification

At least 24 MCs must be from modules in the Maritime Law subject cluster, including the compulsory modules Carriage of Goods by Sea and Charterparties. Students from non-Common Law jurisdictions are required to take Singapore Common Law of Contract.

Cumulative Average Point (CAP) 

Not applicable


Not applicable


Kindly note that all fees for the NUS LLM programme quoted on this page are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated. The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.


S$34,299.07 (excluding GST) per annum /
(including GST) per annum

S$17,196.27 (excluding GST) per annum /
S$18,400.00 (including GST) per annum

Financial Assistance

Singaporeans and Singapore PRs may enjoy tuition fee subsidies.

Students in this programme have in the past been eligible for, or received funding support from:

• Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF) Training Grant for Certifiable Courses (Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents)

•  SkillsFuture Study Award for the Sea Transport Sector (Singapore Citizens)

• Kwa Geok Choo Graduate Scholarship (Asian students)

• Faculty Graduate Scholarship (FGS) (Asian students)

• Scholarship for Young Asian Academics (SYAA) (Asian students)

For more about loans and other financial assistance, please email Law Graduate Admissions.


S$50 (including GST)

• Non-refundable and non-transferable


Not applicable

Student Services

As published by NUS Registrar’s Office

• Payable every regular semester

Programme at a Glance*

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Next Intake:

Application Period:

Online Submission:
15 Sep 2021–15 Nov 2021


Submission of Supporting Documents:
By 22 Nov 2021

* For full details, please refer to main write-up.

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31 March 2022