MA / LLM in Maritime Law and Shipping Management

Program Profile

Qualification Awarded

MA / LLM in Maritime Law and Shipping Management

Level Of Qualification

Master (2nd Cycle Degree)

Offered by

Department of Maritime Studies

Mode of Study

Full Time or Part Time


In a constantly changing world, a modern and international enterprise must rely on managers and advisors with diverse expertise of both legal and economic requirements of the business environment. To meet these needs, Frederick University with an international team of academic experts from leading universities offers a postgraduate Programme that is unique in Cyprus, and one of very few offered globally.

This Degree Programme combines the subject areas of both Maritime Law and Shipping Management and develops the skillset required by managers and lawyers to advise, litigate, negotiate and ultimately to master the legal complexities and challenges of International Trade and Transport.

Upon completion, graduates are awarded either the “LLM in Maritime Law and Shipping Management” or the “MA in Maritime Law and Shipping Management”.

Students of the program are also offered the opportunity to focus on an elective group of subjects of their choice, and obtain a ‘concentration’ in one of three areas:

  • COMMERCIAL SHIPPING AND TRADE PRACTICES
    Global Trade Practices
    Commercial Management of Ships

  • FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
    Banking and Shipping Finance
    Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade

  • OIL AND GAS MANAGEMENT
    Commodity Trading and Risk Management
    Oil and Gas Management

The Master’s Degree title (i.e., the "MA", or the "LLM") is awarded in accordance with the completion of the Dissertation on a topic relevant to the either business or law, respectively.

Key Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, you should be able to:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the main principles and functions of the shipping business and international trade
  • Deal with advanced legal issues in maritime law, international trade, marine insurance, carriage of goods, chartering and dispute resolution
  • Display critical awareness and demonstrate managerial skills of combined legal and business analysis and advanced problem solving
  • Develop negotiation and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Have the appropriate knowledge and skills required to proceed to a research degree (MPhil, PhD etc.).


Career Opportunities

Significant recent developments in the business sectors in Cyprus make both postgraduate Programmes of studies especially relevant. The island is considered to be one of the world’s leading maritime centres and is fast becoming a new European hub for imports and re-exports activities linking Europe with the Far East in ways previously unexplored. At the same time the energy sector in Cyprus is also developing rapidly.

There is a variety of career options upon completion of any of these two Master's Degree Programmes including import and export business, ship owning and ship management, chartering, commercial legal services and consultancy, banking and finance, oil and gas trading and management, insurance, freight forwarding, transportation and logistics, port management, shipping agency, as well as a variety of posts in the public administration and government.

Graduates of these Programmes will be positioned favourably in the local and international market for the newly created employment opportunities. They will be able to undertake managerial, legal and executive responsibilities. Those already in employment are expected to enhance their career prospects and be prepared to face the challenges of a more demanding position.

The Programme operates in the evenings in order to accommodate working students and is also offered via Distance Learning.