Master of Science in Maritime Affairs
Taught in Malmö with seven specializations: Maritime Education & Training; Maritime Energy Management; Maritime Law & Policy; Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration; Ocean Sustainability, Governance & Management; Port Management; and Shipping Management & Logistics. The program educates future maritime and ocean leaders and strengthens the capacity of national administrations in developing countries. It serves the maritime and oceans industries and their value chains, building on IMO’s global reach. It is responsive to the real needs of the maritime and oceans sectors, offering an expert balance of academic study and practical experience, and providing a unique insight into the whole range of maritime endeavor.
The graduates are the maritime and ocean leaders of the future. Worldwide, WMU graduates are government ministers, heads of national maritime administrations and presidents of maritime universities; the Secretary-General of IMO is a WMU graduate.
The graduates take back to their home countries extensive maritime expertise, specifically in the areas of security, safety, and environmental protection. They also have an appreciation of the latest technology, an understanding of the direction of future global developments, a broad network of essential contacts in the industry and constructive plans for the future.
MSc graduates are:
- equipped with the knowledge necessary to contribute to national and international capacity building and to fulfill their national and international responsibilities for effective maritime development;
- possessed of expert leadership, problem-solving and critical analysis skills;
- able to contribute to the sustainable development of the maritime industry;
- knowledgeable about IMO regulations and Conventions, and the goals of the UN;
- competent in addressing the changing needs of the maritime industry;
- equipped with hands-on and contemporary knowledge acquired from both resident and visiting faculty;
- able to operate and interact in an international and multi-cultural environment;
- members of a maritime network that spans the globe and crosses all areas of maritime activity;
- able to communicate confidently in English in a professional context.
As IMO’s university, the World Maritime University is in a unique position to deliver a world-class, research-informed professional MSc program. The quality of our graduates has been recognized in countries around the world, where WMU graduates hold very senior posts in government, companies, universities, international organizations and diplomatic missions. WMU aims to educate the maritime leaders of tomorrow and has a track-record of success.
The Standard MSc Program
The standard MSc program is 14 months long, and divided into three terms:
Foundation Studies are taught in Term 1. They are completed by all students following the standard MSc program 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 mainly 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; or Shipping Management & Logistics. They also continue work on their dissertation preparation.
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.
14-month Standard Program
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 or the highest grade certificate of competency for unrestricted service as a master mariner or chief engineer, or equivalent maritime qualifications, and
- substantial, directly relevant professional experience,
- competence in the English language, demonstrated by an internationally recognized standard test (See the full English language requirements below),
- 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 term 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.
10-month Accelerated Program
In addition to meeting the requirements for the standard, 14-month program, applicants for advanced standing must demonstrate that they have already covered the content of the first term of the standard program. The additional qualifications required are:
- a postgraduate qualification in an area directly relevant to the specialization which the student intends to follow.
- senior level, directly relevant professional experience.
- proficiency in English without attending the English and Study Skills Program, and with a good score in the writing skills section of the test. (See the full English language requirements below).
- excellent IT skills.
Applicants to the accelerated program must supply detailed transcripts from their undergraduate and postgraduate study. If transcripts are not issued, then the detailed syllabus, the marks gained, and a full academic reference must be supplied.
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