MSc in Maritime Safety & Environmental Management

General information

The Master of Science programme in Maritime Safety and Environmental Management (MSEM) is delivered by WMU in Dalian, China in collaboration with Dalian Maritime University (DMU). Established in 2005, the programme is designed to extend the professional education that WMU has offered since 1983 to a new and thriving clientele from the region and beyond, and to meet the maritime industry’s demand for high-level specialized professionals.

The intensive,15-month programme begins in June and consists of 4 taught units plus a research project. The first unit, foundation studies, is followed by specialization units that cover all aspects of maritime safety and environmental management. Staff from DMU teach the first unit and supervise project work while WMU staff teach the remaining units.

The programme is taught entirely in English and the entry requirements, grading system and quality assurance processes are those in force at WMU Headquarters. Successful students graduate with a WMU Master of Science degree in Maritime Safety and Environmental Management.

As part of the program, students are required to take part in field study visits; destinations include ships, maritime safety surveys,and ports. Students also attend a number of seminars. The program contains the following taught subjects:

  • Applied marine engineering
  • Applied naval architecture
  • Maritime labour and other standards
  • Quality systems and organizational management
  • Maritime economics and logistics
  • Ocean Science and Environment
  • International maritime law, legal systems & conventions
  • Risk management in maritime sector
  • Maritime governance and control
  • The ISM Code and the related issues
  • Impact of Maritime Innovation and technology
  • Marine environment protection standards
  • Legal issues and mandates in maritime administration
  • Maritime casualty investigation
  • Ship survey and certification management
  • Prevention and combating of marine pollution
  • Human factors in maritime safety and environment protection.

It ends with students completing an integrative research project paper.

Contact Person: Mr. Xu Bin (


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

1022 - Safety", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management


Venue: Dalian Maritime University
Dalian, China



The tuition fee for the next intake to the programme is expected to be RMB 85,000 (US$ 13,500 as at April 2016); the fees for the programme are affected by currency fluctuations and may rise each year. In addition, a student needs a minimum of around RMB 50,000 to cover living costs in Dalian for the whole study period (accommodation, food, books and study material and so on).


WMU admits students to the MSc in International Transport and Logistics (ITL) who are already established in careers in the maritime field. The Admissions Board will consider only those applicants who meet the following general entrance requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (with full transcript
The highest grade certificate of competency for unrestricted service as master mariner or chief engineer

All applicants must submit an internationally recognized 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.

Candidates are assessed in accordance with the following general guidelines:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

ESSP participation required
IBT: 61 to 79
PBT: 500 to 549  

no ESSP participation required
IBT: 80+
PBT: 550+  
WMU’s TOEFL institution code is 9198.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

bands 5.0 and 5.5 ESSP participation required
band 6.0 or above no ESSP required
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 evaluate the skill level based on 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.

More information can be found by visiting these websites:


Application Procedure:

The application form can be obtained from Room701 of Graduate School, Dalian Maritime University or downloaded from here. All applications should be sent together with copies of the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Passport
  • Certificate of BA or BSc
  • Transcript
  • Engish test TOEFL or IELTS
  • 2 Photos

Applicants should send their complete application to Dalian Maritime University "MSc in MSEM". The application deadline is 30 days prior to the commencement of the programme.


Successful graduates receive a WMU Master of Science degree, with a diploma signed by WMU’s Chancellor and President and a standard WMU transcript of grades. 


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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