Post Graduate Diploma in International Maritime Law

The Advanced Diploma in International Maritime Law is designed to benefit professionals involved in maritime practice both in the private and in the public sector (including at the most senior levels)

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The sea is vital to human existence – for commerce, navigation routes, and as a major source of natural resources. Legal expertise in the issues surrounding the law in these areas is always in demand.

Our Advance PGDM International Maritime Law will give you an in-depth understanding of the law concerning contracts for the carriage of goods, marine insurance, international trade and law of the sea.


Learning from experts with high level academic and practical experience, you will gain specialist knowledge and skills that are highly valued by employers, and open up a range of exciting career opportunities.


Quantum University and IMBA has collaborated with leading Maritime Law Firms & ship business houses such as Narayan Shipping & Chartering, Trident Minerals & Arya Corp to provide practical hands-on experience in Maritime Law

Secure your place on this program by applying today for August 2021 intakes

Why study this course?

On this Advance PGDM IML you will gain the knowledge and experience to develop into a 21st century lawyer or legal service practitioner with specialist and in-depth understanding of international maritime law.

The Institute's resident faculty is responsible for the teaching of all subjects with the Institute’s academic syllabi. The teaching of the resident faculty is complemented by the Distinguished Visiting Fellows Programme which aims to introduce students to the latest developments and offers networking opportunities

Who should take this course?

At IMBA, we cater for ambitious students who have aspirations of leading in the Maritime world. As such, we encourage diligent students with an appetite for learning and a passion for law to apply to this programme. You should have completed your LLB in order to apply for PGDM in IML.

The PGDM in IML is an extremely valuable qualification to have and is an excellent way to develop the skills you need to accelerate your career and build your career in Maritime & International Law. It can lead to more senior positions, better pay and an abundance of opportunities.

Programme Structure

​The PGDM programme is built in 2 stages. In the first seven months are focused on building the foundation and in depth understanding of the shipping & logistics industry and also training the students to excel in legal skills. The next five months, focus will be to impart hands-on training in the real world with internship & a thesis

The learning and teaching will consist of a variety of elements such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, animated/non-animated video, practical work, seminars and trips. The assessment strategy will include individual/group reports and/or presentations, case studies, essays, open/closed book exams, portfolio development, reflective journals and experiential work based activities.

course modules

International Trade Law

International Trade and Sea Carriage Law is a body of law that governs the rights and duties of shippers, carriers and consignees of marine cargo. Primarily concerned with cargo claims, this body of law is an aspect of international commercial law and maritime law Learning Outcome:

On successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic principles of law and the specific legal rules relevant to international sales of goods and the carriage of goods; 

  • Evaluate critically the current state of the law;

  • Explain and evaluate any relevant proposals for reform of the law in the area of international sales and the international carriage of goods; 

  • Apply the principles of law to factual situations and resolve the legal issues suggested by them; 

  • Explain the nature of relationships with parties such as banks and insurance to those dealing in international trade and transport; and 

  • Become conversant with the terminology relevant to the concepts and documentation used in the area of international sales and carriage of goods.


Bill of lading contracts

A bill of lading (BL or BoL) is a legal document issued by a carrier to a shipper that details the type, quantity, and destination of the goods being carried. Most important document in commercial shipping, a bill of lading also serves as a shipment receipt when the carrier delivers the goods at a predetermined destination.

Learning Outcome:

  • Understand what is meant by a bill of lading and be able to identify the carrier on a bill of lading contract. 

  • Understand the difference between a bill of lading as evidence of a contract of carriage and its actually being the contract of carriage. 

  • Be aware of the different liabilities that may arise under a charterparty and under a bill of lading contract.

  • Be familiar with the international regimes applicable to carriage of goods by sea contracts and have a clear understanding for when the Hague-Visby Rules apply.


Charter Party contracts

A charter party means a contract by which a ship or a principal part of it, is lead by the owner especially to a merchant for the conveyance of goods on a predetermined voyage to one or more places; a special contract between the ship owner and charters, especially for the carriage of goods etc 

Learning Outcome: 

  • Understand the function of the charter party in relation to both the sale and carriage of goods.

  • Understand the important link between the charter and other transport documents, such as the bill of lading. 

  • Appreciate which type of charter is most suitable in different commercial scenarios. 

  • Have a good grasp of the relevant legal principles governing charters.


Marine insurance law

Marine insurance is another variant of the general term ‘insurance’ and as the name suggests is provided to ships, boats and most importantly, the cargo that is carried in them. Marine insurance is very important because through marine insurance, ship owners and transporters can be sure of claiming damages especially considering the mode of transportation used. 

Learning Outcome: 

  • The role of marine insurance in international trade.

  • How a contract of marine insurance is made and the rights and duties of the parties to the contract .

  • The various types of marine insurance policies.

  • The relationship between general average and the contract of marine insurance. 


commercial law &general average act

Commercial Law in the light of salvage, collision and General average encompasses the legal framework under which all the above works. This includes the legal standing of the merchant vessel, International salvage convention, collision regulation and the act of General Average. 

Learning Outcome:

  • Understand the Salvage convention, Scopic, LOF, difference between towage and salvage.

  • Understand the collision regulations, legal aspect during collision, commercial law and concept of liens .

  • Concept of Environment protection and Safety of ship • When general average arises in maritime claims, York Antwerp rule.


payment & finance for international trade

Since shipping is a global industry, there are special payment and financial arrangements for the same. This is to avoid any kind of fraudulent practices and the large sum of money to pass between the parties seamlessly. This includes the Bill of Exchange and the Letter of Credit.

Learning Outcome: 

  • The various methods of payment used to support international sales .

  • The most frequent payment methods in which banks are involved.

  • How payments are made by electronic transfers.

  • Statutory and trade regulation of payments supporting international sales.

  • International conventions.


Merchant shipping act

Immediately after the independence to suit the requirements of a maritime country like India, the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 was passed by the Indian Parliament. This Act is divided into 24 parts, each part dealing with specific aspects of merchant shipping like registration of ships , sailing vessels and fishing vessels, National Shipping Board, manning of ships, engagement, discharge and repatriation of seamen and apprentices etc .

Learning Outcome:

  • Able to contemplate the act .

  • Able to understand the legal implication of the act.

  • Understand the legal procedure involved in registration of the ship, issuances of Cert of registry, rights of the crew member as per the act and the power vested to the master by virtue of the act.


Case study

This module focuses on Case study of two cases where candidates will understand the legal aspect of the trade as well as commercial law. They will understand the legal framework of maritime law.

The two cases discussed will be: 

Sanders Brothers v Maclean & Co. In the Court of Appeal. 28 April 1883 

  • Golodetz &Co.Inc.vCzarnikow-RiondaCo. Inc. Court of Appeal 1 November 1979 [1980] 1 W.L.R. 495

Dissertation & Internship

Dissertation & internship

After successful completion of the First semester ( 7 months) students will then proceed for their internship with different companies. 

The internship will be carried out in following sectors 

  • P&I Clubs

  • Law Firms

  • Ship Brokering – Legal Division 

  • Ship Chartering – Legal Division


Along with the internship, candidates will be engaged in dissertation.

Dissertation provides our candidate to focus on an area of maritime operation of personal interest and explore it in depth. It gives candidate the opportunity to undertake a major, extended piece of research with the aim of improving the understanding of a topic. The final work will be 10.000 to 12.000 words and candidate will receive the necessary guidance and support throughout the dissertation writing process from Programme Leader and a Supervisor, who will be appointed for that purpose.

career & jobs

There are more than 10,000, shipping companies operating out of India. They have regular openings for trained professionals.

Post Graduates of the International Maritime Law are well positioned for stimulating and rewarding career opportunities.

Improving your employ-ability is a key priority for us, and we organize a range of events to help our students secure good jobs with leading Law Firms, Maritime Insurance Companies, P&I Clubs and ship business houses. 

Job Placements:

Our Students have been placed in various sectors- with governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, protection and indemnity clubs, local and international law firms, international maritime organizations, multinational corporations, private companies, finance, insurance, shipping, oil and gas, and the list goes on. 

  • 100% Job Placements/ Internship Assistance.

  • 100% Job Placements of our previous batches.

key program information
  • Delivery: Blended (on campus and online)*

  • Duration: 12 months

  • Intakes 2021: January | August

  • Campus: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

  • Degree awarded by Quantum University

  • Eligibility Criteria: LLB Graduate with minimum 55% marks in total

Admission process

For the 2021 Graduate Diploma programme intake, there are 30 seats in total.


IMBA follows a rounds-based rolling admissions policy. This means that the applicants who apply in an earlier round have a higher likelihood of being accepted into the programme of their choice. It also means that the applications will be closed as soon as all seats are filled. The admission process comprises of two steps:


Step 1:

To apply online, visit the portal or To apply offline, you may download the Application Form from the IMBA website or Quantum University website or collect it from any of the IMBA admissions offices or Quantum University offices. The form must be completed and submitted at the IMBA or Quantum University admission offices, via courier or in-person.


All necessary documents as listed on the application form, must be submitted at the time of applying, whether online or offline. Candidates who have successfully completed or are in the final semester of full time undergraduate degree programme, are eligible to apply for the Graduate Diploma programmes at IMBA.

STEP 2: Personal Interview (PI).


The personal interview is intended to assess the applicants intention to pursue higher studies at our academy, their ability to perform successfully and match our required standards.


Outstation students may appear for PI through online mode via Skype, or through the offline mode at the IMBA academy in Dehradun.


Once all two steps are completed, a candidate's application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee in full. The final admission decision will take into consideration.


Performance in the PI (60% weight)


Graduation Scores & Class XII Scores (40% weight)


There is no exemption from the PI on any grounds.If you are made an offer of admission but do not have your graduation scores by then, you may confirm your place, but this will stand void if the graduation scores are not submitted before the commencement of the programme.

Note- All decisions made by the IMBA Admissions Committee are nal and binding.