MSc in Maritime Science

General information

The Master of Science in Maritime Science – an inter-university programme created by both Ghent University (UGent) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), taught in English and accessible for students who already have a Master degree – will be organized for the first time during the academic year 2015-2016. Brochure MSc in Maritime Science.

The master aims at students of diverse academic backgrounds, who have a common passion and interest for maritime transport. The programme comprises three main pillars (a technical-general pillar, an economic-logistic pillar and a legal pillar) and stays true to the multidisciplinary approach, which makes it unique in the global academic landscape. There is a strong link with the professional maritime sector, providing students with information about the actual operations and common practices on the ground and preparing them for a professional career. 

Study Programme
The study programme is built on a logical, uncluttered framework, consisting of compulsory courses (39 SP) and optional courses (6 SP) that are grouped in three pillars: legal contenteconomic-logistic content and technical-general content. The compulsory courses represent the core of the study programme, while the optional courses offer the student the possibility to choose which (professional) direction he/she wants to go, according to his/her personal interests and ambition, and allow for specialization in a certain aspect of the maritime world. These academic courses are supplemented by the writing of a master thesis (15 SP).

As a supplement to the normal academic activities and courses, an annual study trip to London is being organized. During this trip, organizations and companies that are actively involved in maritime transport, are visited. Next to this, several other vistis are planned during the academic year.

Technical-general Economic-logistic Legal
General courses
Port Technology Maritime and Port Economics Law of The Sea
Ship Technology Maritime Law
Contemporary Port problems Supply Chain Management Maritime Transport Law
Study Trip and Field Trips
Elective Courses
Port History Transport Economics and Policy Law of The Sea: Special Issues
Transport Law
Port planning Urban mobility and Logistics Transport Insurance Law
International and European River Law
Spatial Analysis of Maritime and Port Development Transport Business Economics Air Law
International and European Environmental Law
Master's Dissertation

Study trip and company visits. The academic activities are complemented with an annual five-day study trip to London. This trip involves visits to organizations and companies that are actively involved in maritime transport, such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPCF), the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Shipping Federation (ISF), Lloyd’s of London, Lloyd’s Register, Steamship Mutual, Intertanko, Intercargo, Inmarsat, …

Apart from the London trip, several shorter field trips are planned during the academic year, such as a boat trip to the North Sea offshore wind mills with DAB Vloot, visits to the ports of Ghent, Antwerp and Zeebrugge, the Belgian Navy, Volvo Cars Ghent, ArcelorMittal Ghent, DFDS Seaways, Galloo Ghent, …

Study trips and company visits are integral parts of the curriculum (5 CP) and are covered by the tuition fee.

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

0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "0311 - Maritime economy", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0716 - Naval engineering", "0421 - Marine and maritime law


Venue: Ghent University (Contact University)
Ghent, Belgium



The tuition fee for the Maritime Science programme is € 2.775. The costs of the study trip to London and the other field trips are included. 


Degree Requirements
Due to the interdisciplinarity of the programme, the organizers choose to accept graduates from a wide range of different educational backgrounds. The minimum requirement for admission is a master degree (master degree following a bachelor degree, e.g. Master in Law, Master in Business Economics, etc.), but in specific cases, after an examination of their curriculum and in view of their acquired competences, candidates with another degree, equivalent to a master degree, may be admitted. Students who are graduating may apply and can be conditionally admitted, subject to the successful completion of their degree.

Language Requirements
For non-Flemish students: students need to present proof of sufficient English proficiency. We require a score between 510-559 for paper TOEFL, 87-109 for Internet based TOEFL or 6.0 for IELTS. This should be equivalent to level B2). However, there is a possibility to obtain an exemption for prospective candidates who have successfully completed a study programme of minimum one year (60 credits) in English. There is also an exemption for native English speakers.

Application Procedure:

How to apply? Application is online. Please read and follow these instructions carefully:

1. Start the online application procedure (switch the language of the page to English by clicking the relevant pictogram in the upper left corner).

2. While waiting for an e-mail with further instructions concerning the online application procedure, complete the ‘MSc Maritime Science Application Form’ and e-mail the application package (one scanned document in PDF: application form + required annexes) to

3. Upon receipt of an e-mail with further instructions, complete the second part of the online application procedure. Finally, send the requested documents (mentioned in a final e-mail after completing the online application procedure) by regular postal mail (mentioning "MSc Maritime Science Application" on your envelope) to the indicated address. (If you do not have some of the necessary documents, please explain when you will be able to provide those. More information can be found here).

Deadlines. We welcome applications from October until 1 March (students who need a visa) or 1 June (students who don’t need a visa) for the upcoming academic year. Early applications are recommended. Applications received after June will only be considered if the number of previously admitted students permits.

Grant Opportunities:

Partial or full tuition fee waivers may be granted, depending on financial need and available resources.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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