Maritime Law : Soton vs Swansea


vteen

Hi everyone,

I am sorry to come back to a topic that has been discussed countless times here, but I still cannot make up my mind about wether Southampon or Swansea University offers the best LLM in Maritime law ... I've been offer a place by both and have to make a decision soon !
I got the impression reading previous posts that Soton used to be the best, but is kind of resting on its laurels and does not live up to expectations nowadays, whereas Swansea's reputation is getting stronger.

ANY advice on the subject will be much welcome, thanks in advance for your help I'm really lost !

Hi everyone,

I am sorry to come back to a topic that has been discussed countless times here, but I still cannot make up my mind about wether Southampon or Swansea University offers the best LLM in Maritime law ... I've been offer a place by both and have to make a decision soon !
I got the impression reading previous posts that Soton used to be the best, but is kind of resting on its laurels and does not live up to expectations nowadays, whereas Swansea's reputation is getting stronger.

ANY advice on the subject will be much welcome, thanks in advance for your help I'm really lost !

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flori

Hello vteen,


ANY advice on the subject will be much welcome, thanks in advance for your help I'm really lost !


The beaches around Swansea are consistently voted to be among the top 10 in the world - go to Swansea!!!

Bye
flori
P.S.
A slightly more detailed explanation for my advice:
When it comes to academia, the differences are marginal.
When it comes to the quality of life offered by the town and its surroundings, the differences are - this is just my personal opinion - huge.
P.PS.
If the _general_ reputation of the _university_/_law school_ (not the reputation of the particular LLM program in maritime law circles) is a decisive criterion as well, you might want to consider other universities...

Hello vteen,

<blockquote>
ANY advice on the subject will be much welcome, thanks in advance for your help I'm really lost !
</blockquote>

The beaches around Swansea are consistently voted to be among the top 10 in the world - go to Swansea!!!

Bye
flori
P.S.
A slightly more detailed explanation for my advice:
When it comes to academia, the differences are marginal.
When it comes to the quality of life offered by the town and its surroundings, the differences are - this is just my personal opinion - huge.
P.PS.
If the _general_ reputation of the _university_/_law school_ (not the reputation of the particular LLM program in maritime law circles) is a decisive criterion as well, you might want to consider other universities...
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vteen

Thxs for your advice Flori ; of course you're right about how quality of life matters too, but my interrogations were mostly about the academic quality of teaching. I want to make sure I choose a master which will be well recognised by the professionals after I'm done. If you say that differences are marginal though ...

Thxs for your advice Flori ; of course you're right about how quality of life matters too, but my interrogations were mostly about the academic quality of teaching. I want to make sure I choose a master which will be well recognised by the professionals after I'm done. If you say that differences are marginal though ...
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kosta

I did my degree at Swansea- it was a fantastic experience and once I graduated the doors were open to me (of course you will need to work hard as no one will offer you a job straightaway!) but I noticed that the fact that I had a Swansea degree was a huge help!

I did my degree at Swansea- it was a fantastic experience and once I graduated the doors were open to me (of course you will need to work hard as no one will offer you a job straightaway!) but I noticed that the fact that I had a Swansea degree was a huge help!
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vteen

Thanks Kosta, that was the kind of questions that worried me, the reputation of the degree among professionals. Glad it worked at well for you :)

Thanks Kosta, that was the kind of questions that worried me, the reputation of the degree among professionals. Glad it worked at well for you :)
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flori

Hello Vteen,

I want to make sure I choose a master which will be well recognised by the professionals after I'm done.


Both programs are well recognized in the respective professional circles - when it comes to this aspect you cannot go wrong with either choice.
Bye
flori
P.S.
If you want to delve into the details of the "academic merits of the respective program"-discussion, the search function will produce many and often comprehensive postings...

Hello Vteen,

<blockquote>I want to make sure I choose a master which will be well recognised by the professionals after I'm done.
</blockquote>

Both programs are well recognized in the respective professional circles - when it comes to this aspect you cannot go wrong with either choice.
Bye
flori
P.S.
If you want to delve into the details of the "academic merits of the respective program"-discussion, the search function will produce many and often comprehensive postings...
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Hi Vteen
I understand your position as it is a very hard decision to choose the right programme as you do invest a lot of money and energy and also a lot for the future. I had the same dilemma but thank god I made the right decision when I decided to go to Swansea. The teaching staff at Swansea Law School are excellent and they bring academia and practice together (some of them have worked in practice before becoming academics). Everybody in the teaching team is very friendly and down on earth. The Library is very good both in terms of books and electronic recources. The city is also very nice as it is built by the sea. After completing my LLM, I got a job at a P&I club, as Swansea's reputation in the industry is immense. I do really enjoy my job at the P&I and the practical knowledge I gained at Swansea is paying back!

Hi Vteen
I understand your position as it is a very hard decision to choose the right programme as you do invest a lot of money and energy and also a lot for the future. I had the same dilemma but thank god I made the right decision when I decided to go to Swansea. The teaching staff at Swansea Law School are excellent and they bring academia and practice together (some of them have worked in practice before becoming academics). Everybody in the teaching team is very friendly and down on earth. The Library is very good both in terms of books and electronic recources. The city is also very nice as it is built by the sea. After completing my LLM, I got a job at a P&I club, as Swansea's reputation in the industry is immense. I do really enjoy my job at the P&I and the practical knowledge I gained at Swansea is paying back!
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