MSc in Maritime Science

General information

The Master of Science in Maritime Science is an inter-university programme developed by Ghent University (UGent) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). 
It aims at students from diverse academic backgrounds, who have a common passion for maritime transport and already hold a Master degree. People working in the maritime sector may also benefit from the programme to enhance their knowledge and skills. The programme comprises three main pillars: a technical/general pillar, an economic/logistic pillar and a legal pillar, and follows the multidisciplinary approach which makes it unique in the global academic landscape.

The programme is taught by experts with international acknowledgement and experience. The strong interaction with the maritime sector through guest lectures and field trips provides students with up-to-date information on ports and shipping.

All courses are offered in English, as the maritime sector operates in an international environment. It is therefore essential that students are able to use the English terminology in a correct and efficient way.

The programme is built on a methodical framework, consisting of two course types: compulsory courses (39 CP) and optional courses (6 CP). The compulsory courses represent the core of the programme, while the optional courses offer students a way of exploring possible future (career) paths and allow for specialization in a certain aspect of the maritime world. The three pillars are represented in both course types. The courses are supplemented by the submission of a master’s thesis on a maritime or transport oriented topic (15 CP). In this written dissertation, students prove their ability to analyse a specific topic thoroughly and independently. At an oral presentation, students have the opportunity to clarify their research and defend their findings.

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

0311 - Maritime economy", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0715 - Machinery and operators", "0716 - Naval engineering", "0731 - Marine spatial planning", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: Ghent University (Contact University)
Ghent, Belgium


Open from
1 Oct 2018 to 1 Mar 2019


The tuition fee for the Maritime Science programme is € 5330. The costs of study trips and company visits are included. Fees do not cover course materials or living expenses.


Due to the interdisciplinary character of the programme, the organizers choose to accept graduates from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Candidates should hold a master degree (master degree following a bachelor degree, e.g. Master in Law, Master in Business Economics, etc.), but in specific cases, after examination of their curriculum and in view of their acquired competences, candidates with an equivalent foreign degree may be admitted. Students who are graduating may apply and will be conditionally admitted, subject to the successful completion of their degree.

Candidates must complete the online application form and submit all required documents by the application deadline. They will only be accepted after thorough screening and selection.

Non-Flemish 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:

Candidates who need financial assistance should explore all sources of financial aid that may be available in their home country.

With regard to Belgian funding, one can consult the concerned webpages of Ghent University and the Government of Flanders. It is strongly recommended to contact the Belgian Embassy or Consulate in your home country to learn about scholarship opportunities.

For other funding opportunities, ScholarshipPortal can be a useful tool.

You should however bear in mind that scholarships are in great demand and the chances of being granted are therefore slim. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please indicate this well in advance. Note that some scholarships have special requirements and longer application procedures.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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