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.
Distinguishing characteristics of the programme – bridging theory to practice – are the MEL Events (social/cultural integration); Company Visits (in situ experience); Professional Development Courses (practical applications of theory); and the Distinguished Lecture Series.
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.
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.
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Last updated September 4, 2018