M.Sc. Maritime Affairs

World Maritime University

Application deadline: there are no cut-off dates
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: January  2015, June  2015, September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Credits: Flexible enrolment: pay-per-credit
Duration full-time: 14 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The World Maritime University 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 spand the 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.

Contents

The standard MSc program is 14 months long, and divided into four terms:

Foundation Studies in Term 1, completed by all students, which provide an introduction to the legal, technical, regulatory and economic aspects of sea use

Specialization Studies in Term 2 and Term 3, in which students follow one of six specializations: Marine Environmental & Ocean Management; Maritime Education & Training and Organizational Leadership; Maritime Law & Policy; Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration; Port Management; and Shipping Management & Logistics.

Elective Studies in Term 4, in which students have a choice of a range of Electives, which allow them to deepen their specialization, and add knowledge of one or more of the other areas. Certain students may complete a dissertation, which is usually based on a particular issue relating to their work in their home country, and must be approved by the University. The dissertation may involve original research, or be an analysis of a topic based on secondary sources.

Audience

Our graduates are:

* equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable them to fulfil successfully their national and internationalresponsibilities for effective maritime development
* fully aware of maritime operations in general, as well as of their chosen specialization
* sensitive to the general objectives of the United Nations and the particular aims of IMO
* sufficiently flexible to adapt to a variety of roles in the maritime field
* able to operate comfortably in an international and multi-cultural environment
* fluent in the English language, and able to communicate skilfully
* skilled in problem solving, critical analysis and independent endeavour

These qualities have been fully recognised by the world outside. Our graduates hold senior posts in governments, companies, training academies, diplomatic missions and international organizations. Heading government departments and maritime academies, serving as secretary-general of an international association or as vice-president of a major shipping company, WMU graduates are leaving their mark on the world.

Lecturers

The WMU MSc program emphasises the practical application of expertise. It offers both an overview of the complex, inter-related maritime field, as well as the opportunity to specialise. The program 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 if you intend to move into 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, WMUs faculty are involved in directional research that also adds significant value to the content of the MSc program, keeping it fresh and relevant.

Requirements

Entrance Requirements: 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 master mariner or chief
engineer, or equivalent maritime qualifications

and

* 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.

Additional Entrance Requirements: Accelerated 11-month Program

In addition to meeting the requirements outlined above, applicants for advanced standing must demonstrate that they have already covered the content of the first semester of the standard program. The additional qualifications required are:

* a postgraduate qualification in an area directly relevant to the specialisation 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. The tests and marks required are specified under "English language requirements"
* 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.

English and Study Skills Program

All applicants to the University must offer an internationally recognised English language proficiency test. Acceptable tests include IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge examinations, and GCE O-levels in English language. Other tests are accepted by the Admissions Board only under exceptional circumstances; applicants should check with the Registry in such cases.

Applicants to the standard program have the opportunity, if necessary, to enrol on the pre-sessional English & Study Skills Program. Applicants to the accelerated 11-month program cannot attend the ESSP, and so must meet the higher requirements.

Candidates are assessed in accordance with the following general guidelines:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

ESSP participation required:

* CBT: 173 to 212
* IBT: 61 to 79
* PBT: 500 to 549

no ESSP required:

* CBT: 213+
* IBT: 80+
* PBT: 550+

WMU´s TOEFL institution code is 9198.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

* ESSP participation required: bands 5.0 and 5.5
* no ESSP required: band 6.0 or above

Please note: the academic, not the general training, version of the test is required

Cambridge Examinations

First Certificate (FCE) ESSP participation required Proficiency (CPE) no ESSP required

Students who have a pass in a GCE O-level or the equivalent (WAEC, CXC etc) must enclose a copy of their examination results for evaluation by the Admissions Board.

Sometimes applicants´ test results meet the University´s general guidelines, but show weaknesses in a certain skills area. In such cases, the Admissions Board will vary the guidelines shown above. Information on TOEFL may be obtained through US embassies/consulates or the US Information Service, and on the IELTS and Cambridge Examinations from the British Council or Australian or UK embassies/consulates.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 5.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 500
TOEFL iBT® test: 61

Funding

Financial support from companies, governments and foundations Half our students are funded by their own companies, governments or national funding agencies. Before applying for a fellowship from a WMU donor, you are strongly advised to explore all funding possibilities in your home country, such as from your own company or organization, national scholarship programs for study abroad, international scholarship and fellowship programs, maritime sector organizations and philanthropic foundations. Make sure you find out about the requirements for each of these options well in advance of the start of your program. There is a list on our website of some of these organizations. Financial support from WMU donors If you cannot secure funding in your home country, you can be considered for one of the fellowships granted via WMU by international donors. The majority of these fellowships cover the full costs of studying at the University: the University fee, accommodation at the residence, a monthly living allowance, and an air ticket home after graduation. Others cover only the University fee. There is very limited donor support for the ESSP. The application must be made by your employer, who completes the Application for Financial Support form, available on our web site. To be considered for certain donor fellowships, applicants must complete additional motivational statements. The blank forms for each donor currently requesting such a statement can be found on our web site. As at August 2013, these awards are the Sasakawa World Maritime University Fellowships, administered by The Ocean Policy Research Foundation of Japan, the ITF Seafarers Trust Fellowships, and the TK Foundation Fellowships. Please note that only typed electronic forms can be accepted to apply for donor support, and should be submitted with your online application. Your employers commitment to your studies is vital; the donors expect your employer to pay your salary while you are in Malmö, to buy your initial plane ticket to come to Sweden, and to employ you in a suitable position after graduation. The donors have established the criteria that they use when considering applicants: awards are usually restricted to government employees from the least developed countries who are aged under 40. Some donors give priority to certain regions, to certain specializations or to women. Detailed information about academic qualifications, including English language test scores, the strength of your motivational statement, IT skills, professional track record and anticipated employment after graduation are taken into account by donors. If you hope to secure a donor fellowship, you must apply as early as possible to maximise your chances, and you are advised to submit all relevant motivational statements. Donors start to allocate fellowships early each year, and the process goes on over a period of several months. We receive many more applications for these fellowships than the number of donor fellowships available, and you should not rely on WMU donors if there are other options in your home country - it is very important that candidates and your nominating authorities make every effort to secure financing on your own behalf.

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