Maritime Law

University of Oslo

18 months
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Transport at sea - what happens when something goes wrong? If you are curious about the rules and regulations that govern the shipping industry and want to learn more about the legal side of this international business, then the Master in Maritime Law at University of Oslo is the programme for you. 


Maritime Law is an exciting and challenging international subject for lawyers and others with an interest in shipping.

This LLM programme gives you a specialization in a truly international field of law, which is of great practical importance. 

In addition to maritime law, you will have the opportunity to learn more about related international topics, like marine insurance law, petroleum law and English contract law among others.

The program will be particularly well suited for young lawyers who would like to work in an international setting, but should also interest students who have practical experience from the shipping industry.

The LLM is offered at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law (Nordisk institutt for sjørett (NIFS)). The Institute is a fully integrated part of the Faculty of Law, but it differs from other institutes at the Faculty with its Nordic profile.

In addition the programme cover more recent subjects like:

  • Ship causalities: Who will pay for damages to the environment caused by oil pollution from a big tanker?
  • Attacks on vessels: Can we prevent attacks on vessels from terrorists and pirates, and who will pay for the damages caused?
  • Effects of the global financial situation on the shipping industry: Can I cancel a contract for building a new vessel because an economic crisis has made it impossible for me to trade the vessel profitably?
The Maritime Law programme is offered at the University of Oslo.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Maritime Law: Contracts
  • Maritime Law: Liability & Insurance
  • Maritime Law: Safety, competition and EU
  • Maritime Law in practice: Mock Trial

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines






On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Scan of non-Norwegian passport or ID card        
  • Documentation of English language proficiency        
  • Documentation of completed upper secondary education        
  • Final bachelor's degree diploma(s)/certificate(s)        
  • Transcript of records for your bachelor's degree        
  • Degree/ relevant courses to be completed - Only applicable for Nordic and EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway
  • Final degree diploma and transcript of records        
  • Documentation of financing (if applicable)        

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.


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