MSc Program in Maritime Affairs
World Maritime University
10 - 14 Months
USD 27,900 / per year *
Earliest start date
* tuition fee
WMU’s MSc in Maritime Affairs programme emphasizes the practical application of expertise. It offers both an overview of the complex, inter-related maritime and ocean fields, as well as the opportunity to specialize. The programme is designed to respond directly to the real needs of the maritime industry, and to equip graduates with the skills needed today and in the future. It is academically challenging and professionally oriented and is designed for ambitious, mid-career maritime professionals. It provides a particularly strong foundation for those intending to move into either a national or an international career.
WMU is active in research that is influencing the development of the maritime industry. From the effects of climate change to maritime safety & security, from piracy to port state control, from environmental to technological developments impacting the industry, as well as on ocean-related matters, WMU’s faculty are involved in research that also adds significant value to the content of the MSc programme, keeping it up to date and relevant.
The Standard MSc Programme
The standard MSc programme is 14 months long, and divided into three terms:
Foundation Studies are taught in Term 1. They are completed by students following the standard MSc programme and provide a thorough grounding in maritime policy and the IMO system for maritime governance, as well as an introduction to the environmental, economic, and managerial aspects of sea use. Students also start the preparation for their dissertation in the research methodology subject.
Specialization Studies are taught in the second term. Students follow one of seven specializations:
- Maritime Education & Training
- Maritime Energy Management
- Maritime Law & Policy
- Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration
- Ocean Sustainability, Governance & Management
- Port Management
- Shipping Management & Logistics
Dissertation: all students complete a dissertation, which may be based on a particular issue relating to their work in their home country or on a current or emerging maritime issue. The dissertation topic and proposal must be approved by the University and may involve original research or be an analysis of a topic based on secondary sources. Students may complete the dissertation individually, in pairs or in trios.
The Accelerated MSc Programme
Applicants who already have a relevant postgraduate qualification (a postgraduate diploma, a Master’s degree, etc.) may apply for advanced standing on the basis of transferring credits from their previous studies; this exempts them from the need to complete the first, foundation term and allows the MSc degree to be completed in 10 months.