MSc Program in Maritime Affairs
World Maritime University
The World Maritime University (WMU) was established by the UN’s International Maritime Organization in 1983 and is IMO’s apex institution for postgraduate education and research in the maritime field. This means WMU is uniquely placed to offer insight and understanding of IMO’s conventions, operations and policies, as well as personal contact with its international experts.
The WMU MSc offers both an overview of the complex, inter-related maritime field, as well as the opportunity to specialise in one of four areas: Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration, Shipping & Port Management, Maritime Law & Policy or Maritime Education & Training.
The MSc in Maritime Affairs programme is designed to respond directly to the real needs of the maritime industry, both today and in planning for the future. The programme is both academically challenging and professionally oriented, and is designed for ambitious, mid-career maritime professionals. It provides a particularly strong foundation for applicants who intend to move into an international career.
To date, well over 3,000 students from 162 countries have graduated from WMU’s postgraduate programmes. They form a vibrant professional network that crosses the globe and spans different generations of graduates. This network includes alumni who hold very senior positions in governments, administrations, companies, ports, education and international organisations.
The resident academic staff is supplemented by around 100 Visiting Professors each year, who are internationally renowned academic or professional experts. They bring state-of-the-art practice and expertise into the classroom, opening a window to the modern maritime world.
Students follow a programme of field studies at various locations in Europe and Asia, providing valuable insight into professional practices in a wide range of host organisations and allowing you to experience for yourself the application of the latest theories and technologies. Field studies are an integral part of the programme, and so there is no additional charge; travel and accommodation are provided within the tuition fee.
Semester 1: Foundation Studies
To provide an introduction to the knowledge fundamental to all activities in the maritime field. Applicants who already hold a postgraduate qualification may apply for advanced standing to exempt them from this semester, so the MSc can be completed in 11 months.
Semester 2: Specialisation Studies
The main body of the programme, containing the field study programme. Students choose one of four specialisations:
•Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration
•Shipping & Port Management*
•Maritime Law & Policy
•Maritime Education & Training
*with the possibility of spending the third semester at Shanghai Maritime University, China
Semester 3: Electives
Students may choose subjects that deepen their specialisation studies and broaden their knowledge of one or more of the other areas. Some students are permitted to write a dissertation in place of taught elective subjects.
The University admits only mature students who are already established in a career in the maritime field. The Admissions Board will consider only those applicants who meet the minimum general entrance requirements, which are:
■a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, or an equivalent university qualification
■the highest grade certificate of competency for unrestricted service as master mariner or chief engineer, or equivalent maritime qualifications
■substantial, directly relevant professional experience
■competence in English language, demonstrated by an internationally recognised standard test
■computer competence (at least the ability to use Microsoft Office)
Good IT skills are essential, as students are required to use computers from the beginning of the first semester to write their examination answers, complete assignments and carry out research and other projects. Applicants who lack computer and keyboard skills cannot be accepted. From the group of applicants who meet these general entrance requirements, the Admissions Board will select only the best-qualified candidates, taking into account all their qualifications and achievements.
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