School of Law

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 )


Application deadline for September 2019: Monday 9 September 2019

  • 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.

LLM International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece) Partial Scholarships

The Hellenic Management Centre (HMC) is offering one partial scholarship of £2,600 for the LLM Programme taught in Piraeus, Greece. The offer is open to applicants who are members of the European Law Students Association (ELSA) and have received an offer for the programme. Find out more.

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.




Module credits 2019-20

Please note that the credit framework for the LLM is changing from 22.5 credit modules to 15 and 30 credit modules for the academic year 2019-20. This will not affect the overall credits that you take for the LLM which is still 180.

Classes are provisionally scheduled to be held from 17.30-21.00 during weekdays and from 10-17.00 on Saturday and Sunday.

There are two exam periods, at the end of the teaching of each academic semester.

You will also be assessed on a 12,000 word dissertation, following the London LLM curriculum.


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.


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 12,000-word dissertation (45 credits). The allocation of the modules will be based on a 4 plus 2 plus Dissertation format.


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 September 2019. 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


    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2019 entry

    Tuition fees for International students

    2019 entry


    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.

    Read more about funding a masters.

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    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:

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    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.

    Ioanna Gavriiloglou

    2016-2017 - LLM International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece) Partial Scholarship recipient

    Having been employed within the shipping litigation team of an English Law firm in Piraeus Greece, the launching of Queen Mary University LLM in International Shipping in Piraeus was the perfect opportunity for me to enhance my academic knowledge and develop my career in the heart of Greek shipping.

    Apart from Queen Mary’s reputation as one of the most progressive universities in legal studies, having completed my LLB degree at Queen Mary University of London, I was confident that the LLM would provide with the appropriate stimulus be it through its distinguished teaching staff, or the all-embracing culture it seeks to instil.

    The LLM is aimed at professionals within the shipping industry and therefore structured and taught in a way that does not impede their working life and adds value as they become able to apply in practice the specialised legal knowledge gained from the course. Working and studying in parallel required consistency and commitment, however having now completed the LLM I am satisfied that I made the right choice.

    All lecturers within the program were top class academics in their respective fields and provided all students with support, guidance and feedback throughout the course. This encouraged active participation and interaction amongst the students and staff, thereby making an intensive course, even more intriguing to follow. This support continues also after the completion of the LLM since Queen Mary is devoted to keeping in touch and further developing its alumni’s network within the shipping industry.

    The LLM program provided me with a deeper, more considered and comprehensive understanding of Maritime Law as well as offered industry insight. It definitely improved my career prospects and strengthened my ambition to become a successful solicitor within the shipping sector. The wide range of legal knowledge gained from the modules of the course covered all areas of maritime law and has proved to be critical in my every day practice in shipping litigation.

    Klimanthia Kontaxaki

    Having been mainly engaged throughout my tenure at a legal firm in carrying out legal issues concerning mainly maritime law, corporate law of shipping management companies as well as in offering external legal support- to Piraeus Port Authority SA, I perceived that an LLM in International Shipping Law was essential for my professional development in practicing International Shipping Law.

    I have chosen Queen Mary University of London since I trust its high rated academic and research quality as an academic institution as well as its international reputation of academic excellence in the legal studies. The lecturers of this LLM program are all top academics and well respected professionals in the field of shipping law whereas the modules offered in this program cover a significant area of International Shipping Law. Apart from that, the Hellenic Management Centre which provides the facilities to the students of this LLM program is the leading maritime training and educational provider for shipping practitioners in Greece. All the foregoing in combination with the fact that the specific LLM in International Shipping Law takes place in Piraeus seem to render this LLM program a hub of international shipping knowledge, expertise and education.

    The LLM program in International Shipping Law at Queen Mary University of London has proven to be both a stimulating environment in which to study at LLM level and a fruitful and rewarding experience in terms of combining the academic knowledge with the shipping industry. The administrative as well as the academic staff has always been very encouraging, available and very helpful, interacting with the students and focused on their needs.  This support also continues after the completion of the LLM since Queen Mary University of London is keeping contact and further expands its alumni’s network within the shipping industry. All the aforementioned factors solidified my intention to pursue the LLM in International Shipping Law with Queen Mary University of London and the award of the scholarship apart from the great honor that I felt facilitated this greatly beneficial opportunity.

    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.