Carriage of Goods by Sea (815M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

You will examine the law and practice of the international carriage of goods by sea including:

  • contracts of affreightment
  • bills of lading
  • charter parties
  • other chartering documents (sometimes referred to collectively as 'dry shipping').

Topics include:

  • implied obligations in the contract of affreightment
  • voyage charterparties
  • time charterparties
  • bills of lading and their functions
  • The Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992
  • The Hague-Visby and Hamburg Rules
  • dispute settlement.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 280 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.