MSc in Maritime and Air Transport Management

General information

The Master of Science in Maritime and Air Transport Management is a 1-year programme which prepares its graduates for the challenges faced by the transport sector today. The main objective of the programme is to help executive staff members from transport-related companies and organisations (shipping companies, port authorities, terminal operators, airlines, airports etc.) to become top-notch executives and researchers in the field. It is specifically designed with an international audience in mind and aimed at individuals with a background in economics or management focusing on transport-related matters.   

In the first semester students have the option to choose between Management Fundamentals and Research Fundamentals. The option Management Fundamentals is designed for students who want to upgrade their knowledge and abilities in transport business and economics. It mainly prepares them for a management career in the maritime or air transport sector. The option Research Fundamentals on the other hand offers students a more methodological and quantitative training. Students receive an excellent preparation for a career in for example consulting, policy or research in the maritime or air transport sector. Moreover, this option can lay the groundwork for further academic pursuits such as a PhD. 

In the second semester, students then make a choice between a major in Air Transport or Maritime Transport. In this way, students can even more tailor their programme to their specific interests and background.

During the course of the programme students become truly submerged in industry practice. First, numerous excursions and company visits are organized as part of the various courses. During those visits students can strengthen the contact with industry and get an insight into state-of-the-art industry practices. Second, courses are not only given by well-known academic guest lecturers, but also top managers from the maritime and air transport industry. Last but not least, students opting for Management Fundamentals develop their master’s dissertation in close cooperation with transport companies.



Programme overview

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

0031 - Project management", "0311 - Maritime economy", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management


Venue: University of Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium

Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (C-MAT)
Stadscampus, Kipdorp 59 
2000 Antwerp


Open from
1 Nov 2018 to 31 May 2019


Full-time programme

The 2019-2020 programme fee amounts to 12,750 Euro.

The first instalment (6375 Euro) is due on 30 June 2019 and the second one on 30 September 2019.

Students who complete their application at the latest on 28th February 2019 will be given an "Early Bird reduction" of 2000 euros. After admission the students pay the first installment of 6375 euros at the end of the month following their admission letter. The reduction will be given with the second installment which is due on 30th September 2019 and will be 4375 euros (6375 - 2000 euros). The "Early Bird reduction"" is not applicable for scholarship or grant students.

Part-time programme

If desired, the programmes can be spread over two academic years. This option has to be approved in advance by the Daily Management of C-MAT.

The part-time programme cost amounts to two times 6375 Euro (i.e. 6375 Euro for the first academic year and 6375 Euro for the second one). In that case the first instalment of 6375 Euro is due on 30 June 2019 and the second one on 30 June 2020.

Please bear in mind that financial payments are only possible by financial bank transfers.
Read more about the financial contact details.


Admission will be granted by the admission board taking into account the application file of the student, academic background, motivation, language skills and if applicable professional experience. One of the basic entry requirements for the programme is a university degree:

  • Applicants must hold a Master degree or five years Bachelor degree in a relevant subject, with good study results.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor degree of four years of study can be admitted in case of demonstrable equivalence with a Master degree (e.g. on the basis of the programme’s curriculum, successful attendance of relevant additional academic courses/trainings and/or relevant professional experience).
  • Applicants with only a Bachelor degree of three years of study will not be admitted to the Advanced Master programmes. Multiple bachelor degrees of three years are not equivalent to a master degree.
  • Applicants who obtained their university degree under the European Bologna system must hold a degree comparable to level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework.

Since the programme is taught in English, all applicants must be able to read, follow lectures and express their thoughts in fluent written and spoken English. For students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are required:

  • A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). A score of 550 minimum for the paper-based test (PBT) is required or 213 for the computer-based test (CBT), or 80 for TOEFL internet-based (iBT) score;
  • The British Council IELTS (International English Language Testing Service with a minimum score of 6.5);
  • Satisfactory standard in the verbal section of the Princeton Test (GMAT, Graduate Management Admission Test).
  • Equivalent tests from accredited language testing organizations with a result that proves your proficiency in the English language;
  • A first degree from a European university/college or overseas institution which provides adequate evidence of the proficiency in the English language;
  • Other evidence that proves your proficiency in the English language and which satisfies the Admission Board.

Applicants who consider their knowledge of English to be insufficient, are therefore strongly advised to take English language courses, either in their home country before leaving, or during their stay in Antwerp. Throughout each academic year, the University of Antwerp organizes intensive English languagecourses for foreigners.

Relevant work experience (preferably 2 years minimum) can be an additional selection advantage.

In order to start a PhD the student has to successfully complete Transport Research track and be admitted via a formal admission procedure. For more information please check the website of the Department of Transport and Regional Economics and the Faculty website.

Application Procedure:

Phase 1 – The candidate fills out the application form via the online application tool and uploads all required documents. (Application deadline: 31st of May 2019, European residents without visa requirements can apply until 31st of August 2019). The application of non-European candidates received after 31st of May 2019 will be considered for academic year 2020-2021. Decisions for 2020-2021 will be taken as from 15th October 2019.

Phase 2 – Based on the applicant’s dossier, the Admission Board makes a decision regarding the admission of the candidate (approved/denied) (every 2 weeks). Invitation for a skype interview is possible.

Phase 3 - The applicant will be notified of the decision taken by the Admission Board within one week.

If you wish to apply for the Master programme, please carefully review the entry requirements for each track and keep in mind that some procedures (visa, external scholarships) require additional time and preparation.

Documents to upload in the upload section at the end of the application form. Documents in English, French, Dutch and German are accepted. Documents in other languages must be officially translated to one of those languages (preferably English) by a sworn translator and authenticated.

  • CV
  • English certificate
  • Copy of translated diploma (University or college of advanced/higher education)
  • Translated transcript of records (University or college of advanced/higher education)
  • Two reference letters
    • Please arrange for two individuals to provide a letter of reference, preferably type written on letterhead paper and signed. For the management programme, you should preferably provide one reference from a current employer and the other from academic staff who taught you at university level. For the research programme, the references should be written by academic staff who have direct knowledge of your suitability for post-graduate studies.
  • Motivation
    • Please elaborate on your motivation to attend the programme how the acquired skills and knowledge will be used upon completion of the programme. Include a description of your future plans and aspirations and why the programme is important in this regard. If you apply for a scholarship by the Flemish Government, please also include a motivation of why we should give the scholarship to you in the motivation letter.

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Grant Opportunities:

Candidates who need financial assistance should explore all sources of financial aid that may be available in their home country. During selection, priority will be given to candidates who are self-financed or sponsored by their organisations.

If you wish to apply for an external scholarship, please notify C-MAT well in advance.  Please note that some scholarships have special requirements and longer application procedures.

Candidates should be aware that accommodation and living expenses can vary considerably depending on personal lifestyles. The average monthly budget for one student amounts to 680 euros (including accommodation, insurance and health care).


C-MAT grants

For the academic year 2019-2020, C-MAT will be awarding two grants. The students who will receive those grants will be elegible for a reduced programme fee of € 6375. Please indicate your interest in the C-MAT grants when filling in the application form. The selection of students receiving the grants will be made in April 2019 according to the following criteria:

  • quality and exhaustiveness of the application
  • previous study results
  • motivation of the student.

Partial scholarship from the Government of Flanders

A limited number of partial scholarships (reduction in tuition fee and a monthly grant) may be available from the Foreign Affairs office of the Government of Flanders to students from countries with which the Foreign Affairs office has a bilateral agreement. C-MAT obtained a limited number of these partial scholarships for academic year 2019-2020.

You should also bear in mind that partial scholarships are in great demand. The chances of being granted a partial scholarship are therefore slim.

Please indicate your interest in the partial scholarships when filling in the application form, using the online application tool. The selection for scholarship students will be made in June 2019.

Other financial scholarships

  • The UAntwerp website provides a number of useful links for students in search of a scholarship Also is a very useful tool.
  • The Belgian Development Agency ( offers grants to master and PhD students from their partner countries: Algeria, Benin, Bolivia, Burundi, DR Congo, Ecuador, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Palestine, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam. If you are a national from one of these countries, please contact the Belgian Embassy or Consulate for more information.
  • Worldbank
  • Only for candidates from the USA: Fulbright Commission or Fulbright Scholar Program

It is strongly recommended to contact the Belgian Embassy or Consulate (or other representative) in your home country to learn about scholarship opportunities. The addresses can be found at the official website of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (


The full-time programme covers a normal academic year and lectures/exams are scheduled from the first week of October to the end of June. Examinations are held in January and June, resit exams are scheduled early July.

Courses are scheduled daily, from Monday to Friday. The graduation ceremony is held at the end of June.

The dissertation can be submitted in the first session (i.e. before the end of May) or in the second one (i.e. before the end of August) as well as during the next academic year.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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