MSc in Maritime Economics & Logistics (MEL)


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Program Description

The programme reflects MEL’s holistic and integrated approach to addressing the complex interconnectedness of global maritime supply chains. In addition to the MEL courses, the programme places substantial emphasis on methodology and analytical skill development. Also, the MEL thesis plays a large part in the curriculum.

Top Reasons to Study MEL

  • Alumni Network
  • Comprehensive Curriculum
  • Top Lecturers
  • Company Network
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam Ranking
  • Triple Accredited
  • International Environment
  • 18 average nationalities per class
  • 90% of students secure jobs within 6 months after graduation
  • Orientation year for non-EEA graduates

Learning Objectives

The MSc in Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL) aims at fast-tracking promising young professionals into tomorrow’s leaders in business and government. The programme prepares experts with modern economic and management tools for efficient decision-making, providing them at the same time with methods, concepts, and theories to enable them to understand and analyse, in a holistic and multidisciplinary way, the complexities of global maritime supply chains. In this way, MEL graduates are expected to be able to act and make decisions, with managerial style and determination, under complex and uncertain conditions, in a global economic and social environment.

Why Study in Rotterdam

  • Rotterdam is among the world's largest ports
  • Global maritime hub
  • Safe Environment for International students
  • Offers many options to study both Bachelor and Master programme completely in English
  • High quality of life
  • Situated in the heart of Europe with easy access to surrounding countries
  • Has a large overseas student population
  • Rotterdam has a huge history
  • Has many activities, festivals, and events.
  • Easy public transportation system or you can use a bike to cycle everywhere.

University Ranking

  • CWUR Ranking: 2019
    Position #4 in the Netherlands
    Position #106 global
  • CWTS / Leiden Ranking: 2017
    Position #4 in the Netherlands
    Position #122 global
  • Times Higher Education World University Ranking: 2019
    Position #5 in the Netherlands
    Position #70 global
  • QS Top Universities World Ranking: 2019
    Position #9 in the Netherlands
    Position #183 global
  • Shanghai Ranking (ARWU): 2019
    Position #4 in the Netherlands (Business Administration)

Programme Structure

The MEL Programme starts with an introduction to MEL, to Erasmus University Rotterdam, to Rotterdam, and the Netherlands. In this week we also spend time on the practical issues of studying at MEL and the resources that are available to MEL students.

After the introduction the first block starts, consisting of three clusters of three courses and a number of events. Each course has a fixed length of three weeks and accounts for 1.5 ECTS credits (The entire MEL programme consists of 60 ECTS in total. 1 ECTS equals 28 study hours).

The second block consists of four clusters of three courses and a number of events. In the third block, one course of each cluster is substituted by an elective course, which the student can choose out of a list of elective courses.

The last block of the programme is dedicated to thesis and graduation. The thesis is a major part of the MEL curriculum. Its objective is to enable students to apply the knowledge acquired in the course, through the methodological analysis of an applied maritime problem. Materials from MEL theses have been published, they are presented at international conferences, and several of them have also led to eventual PhD studies.


This revised programme structure enables an even better implementation of the MEL policy of continuous assessment. The method of assessment varies from a written exam to assignments and term papers throughout and at the end of each block. Relatively short modules provide faster feedback to the students. This facilitates the introduction of students with different backgrounds to the educational system at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Admission and Application

Should you wish to apply then you can do so by sending us the following documents by using the online application form below.

Four components are required for the online application to the MEL master. These components are:

  1. Filled in MEL application form MS-word format
  2. A relevant bachelor or (exceptionally) equivalent professional experience
  3. Demonstrated proficiency in the English language
  4. Two letters of recommendation MS-word format template

All components are further clarified here.

MEL Alumni Career information

To find out more about MEL’s graduates and their career progress you can check out their LinkedIn profiles here (click on their photographs to open their LinkedIn page).

The MSc in Maritime Economics and Logistics is designed to give you outstanding qualifications and to provide you with a wide array of both subject-specific and transferable skills so that you can experience great prospects for desired positions and (re)boost your career in the Maritime and Logistics industry.

The types of positions held by MEL Alumni vary widely from Logistics Manager to Consultant, to Port Engineer. Please find a modest selection below.

Business Analyst (Junior) Managerial Accountant
Chartering Director Maritime Economist
Derivatives Trader Naval Architect & Marine Engineer
Forwarder Regional Commercial Manager
General Director of Maritime Affairs Sales Manager
Head of Marine Transportation & Logistics Ship Broker
Investment Banker Ship Manager
Logistics Analyst Vessel Manager

Additional Information

Further information about the programme can be found in our MEL brochure.

Contact Information

Erasmus University Rotterdam
Center for Maritime Economics and Logistics
Room T12-47
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0) 10 408 1443


Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

Rotterdam is the world’s 8th biggest port and, by far, the undisputed European champion, as a global maritime hub, but also as a large scale industrial complex. By general recognition, the Netherlands ... Read More

Rotterdam is the world’s 8th biggest port and, by far, the undisputed European champion, as a global maritime hub, but also as a large scale industrial complex. By general recognition, the Netherlands, the gateway to Europe, is at the forefront of innovation in transport and logistics. Read less