Master in Operation and Management of Maritime Systems

General information

With beginning of the winter semester 2008/2009 the new fundamental Master’s degree course “Operation and Management of Maritime Systems” began at the Department of Maritime Studies in Rostock-Warnemünde. The course of study aims to prepare for executive functions in the area of maritime systems in a professional, application-oriented and methodical way. Building on a first qualifying degree in an either economic or engineering course of study knowledge and ability for the management of maritime systems are deepened.

The main focus is on safe and efficient management of these systems, the economical, logistical and legal frameworks and connections as well as the area of soft skills. It is an application-orientated full-time presence-course of studies with a duration of studies of three semesters. The lectures are provided in English language. The Master's degree course concludes with the degree “Master of Science (M.Sc.)”.

The master course consists of compulsory and elective modules. Two elective modules have to be chosen out of four. The contents of the compulsory modules are especially orientated towards the priorities of safe and effective operation, legal and economical aspects as well as softskills. The elective modules offer the possibility to acquire special knowledge in the nautical, technical or economical field.

Study plan

Mandatory courses Safety, Security and Ecology in Maritime Systems 
Technical Aspects and Simulation of Maritime Systems
Human Resources/Organisational Management 
Maritime Business Communication
Maritime Management/Port Operations
Management and Business Simulation
Master Thesis
Elective modules Maritime Law
Integrated Manoeuvring/Propulsion and Navigation Systems
Operation, Monitoring & Maintenance of Technical Systems
Operational & Strategic Management in Shipbuilding
Learning outcome:

The knowledge conveyed in this Master’s Degree course enables the graduates to secure executive-level positions with a high degree of responsibility in the fields of maritime management and port management (for instance, in shipping companies and port operations and with maritime service providers) of the maritime industry (for example shipyards, suppliers and offshore operations), in further and advanced training in maritime-related subjects as well as in the upper-grades of public administration.
Graduates will also have career prospects working in management, in strategic decision-making or special operations. Graduates holding this Master’s degree are also eligible to study for a PhD.

Contact Person: Prof. Dr. jur. Frank Ziemer ( )


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

1022 - Safety", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "0031- Personal skills and communication


Venue: Hochschule Wismar - University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design
Rostock, Germany

Facutly of Engineering
Department of Maritime Studies
Richard-Wagner-Str. 31, 18119 Rostock


Open from
1 Jan 2017 to 15 Jul 2017


No tuition fees are charged. New students are only required to pay a term contribution of currently 63.00 EUR (TBC).  A processing fee of 13.00 EUR will be charged to issue your student ID card.

  • Successful completion of an initial course of study providing professional qualifications (Bachelor’s degree, a German “Diplom” or comparable) of a German or foreign institute of higher education in economics or engineering-related subjects with at least 210 credits.
  • If proof of the 210 credits cannot be furnished, application can be made to allow an additional, relevant period of practical working experience of 1 ½ years (in full-time employment) or 3 years (in part-time employment) to be counted towards these credits, whereby the maximum of 30 credits can be transferred.
  • The overall mark shown on the certificate verifying successful completion of this course of study must be at least 2.5. If this overall mark is not achieved, a minimum of two engineering modules or the final paper must have been awarded a mark of 2.0 or higher.
  • Students will not be admitted to the course of study if the overall mark is 3.0 or lower.
  • In individual cases, a decision will be taken in this matter by the Board of Examiners, although this shall remain an exception.

Application Procedure:

Applications can be made all-the-year online and can be submitted either to Hochschule Wismar or to the Department of Maritime Studies in Rostock-Warnemünde. Deadline is each 15th of July. Applicants from abroad please use: application form (English) and application form (German). International applicant should also first contact the International Office of the Wismar University. Your application must include the following:

  • A completed application form
  • Bachelor degree qualifications
  • A tabulated curriculum vitae
  • A current passport photograph
  • Verification of a sufficient command of the German and English languages
  • A certified copy of the university entrance qualification.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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