WMU MSc/Postgraduate programme in Maritime Affairs

General information

WMU offers a postgraduate programme in Maritime Affairs, leading to a Master of Science or a Postgraduate Diploma, in the following specializations:

  • Maritime Education & Training
  • Maritime Energy Management - New in 2016 
  • Maritime Law & Policy
  • Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration
  • Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management  - New in 2016
  • Port Management
  • Shipping Management & Logistics 

All WMU programmes of study are designed to respond to the current needs of the maritime industry through a balance of academic study and practical experience. Emphasizing the practical application of knowledge, WMU programmes provide a unique insight into the range of maritime endeavors. 

Each year, WMU students benefit from the expertise of around 100 visiting professors who are internationally renowned experts in their fields. By bringing state-of-the-art professional experience into the classroom, they provide an invaluable window into the modern maritime world.

A highlight of the Malmö MSc is the Field Study Programme that takes students to destinations across Europe, Asia, and South America to gain valuable insights into professional practices. Through co-operation with a wide range of institutions, WMU students experience application of the latest theories and technologies in real-life situations.

The standard MSc is a 14-month programme lasting from September until November of the following year. The intensive curriculum provides 95 ECTS credits with approximately 3 weeks of field study. Students who already hold a postgraduate qualification can apply for exemption from the foundation semester and join the accelerated programme, arriving in Malmö in January and graduating in November of the same year.

Field studies programme: MSc students benefit from a unique programme of global field studies at host organizations such as shipping companies, ports authorities, maritime administrations, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations, throughout the world. The cooperation of an enormous range of global institutions offers a unique opportunity to experience the application of the latest therories and technologies in real-life maritime situations, and to forge bonds with a global network of maritime professionals.

The programme varies each year and by specialization. Examples of previous destinations are listed below.  

  • Maritime Education & Training universities/institutions in Norway, the Philippines, the Netherlands, EMSA (Lisbon) and IMO (London)
  • Maritime Energy Management Turkey (Istanbul), Sweden, IMO (London), Norway, Italy and Denmark
  • Maritime Law & Policy the ICJ (the Hague) or ITLOS (Hamburg), Chile, BIMCO (Copenhagen) and IMO (London)
  • Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration Turkey (Istanbul), Republic of Korea, Germany, IMO (London), Argentina, Chile and Denmark
  • Ocean Sustainability, Governanace & Management Finland, Germany, Malta and the Netherlands
  • Port Management Singapore, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany (Hamburg) and other major ports
  • Shipping Management & Logistics Greece, Sweden (Gothenburg), UK (London) and Germany (Hamburg) as well as other major shipping destinations
Learning outcome:

MSc graduates are:

  • equipped with the knowledge necessary to contribute to national and international capacity building and to fulfil their national and international responsibilities for effective maritime development.
  • possessed of expert leadership, problem-solving and critical analysis skills.
  • able to contribute to the sustainable development of the maritime industry.
  • knowledgeable about IMO regulations and Conventions, and the goals of the UN.
  • competent in addressing the changing needs of the maritime industry.
  • equipped with hands-on and contemporary knowledge acquired from both resident and visiting faculty.
  • able to operate and interact in an international and multi-cultural environment.
  • members of an maritime network that spans the globe and crosses all areas of maritime activity.
  • able to communicate confidently in English in a professional context.
Contact Person: (MSc@wmu.se)


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

0312 - Policy and governance", "0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "1022 - Safety", "0031 - Project management


Venue: World Maritime University
Malmö, Sweden



Fees and costs are revised annually, and should be expected to rise for students joining WMU in 2017.

The University fee for entrants to the Class of 2017, 14-month programme is $26,600. This covers tuition and the required insurance ($22,500) and the field-study programme ($4,100). An additional estimate of $26,900 is needed for living costs.

Paying the full fellowship fee of $53,500 includes accommodation provided by WMU, a monthly living allowance, and an airline ticket home at the end of the programme.

For students enrolling in the English & Study Skills Programme, an additional tuition fee of $5,500 is assessed. ESSP students require an additional $4,700 for living expenses. For students joining the accelerated programme in 2016, the University fee is $23,600, and the full fellowship fee is $44,900.

Since WMU is a UN institution and not part of the national Swedish education system, WMU students cannot claim study support from the Swedish government or any other EU state.


Entrance Requirement: 14-month Standard Programme

WMU admits students 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, or an equivalent university qualification 
  • or the highest grade certificate of competency for unrestricted service as master mariner or chief engineer,
  • or equivalent maritime qualifications and substantial, directly relevant professional experience
  • competence in English language, demonstrated by an internationally recognized standard test 

Solid computer skills are essential since students are required to use computers from the beginning of the first semester to write their examination answers, complete assignments, and carry out research and other projects. Applicants who lack computer and keyboard skills cannot be accepted. From the group of applicants who meet these general entrance requirements, the Admissions Board will select only the best-qualified candidates, taking into account all their qualifications and achievements.

Additional Entrance Requirements: Accelerated Programme

In addition to meeting the requirements outlined above, applicants for advanced standing must demonstrate they have already covered the content of the first semester of the standard programme. The additional qualifications required are:

  • a postgraduate qualification in an area directly relevant to the specialization the student intends to follow
  • senior level, directly relevant professional experience
  • proficiency in English without attending the English and Study Skills Programme, and with an appropriate score in the writing skills section of the test. The tests and marks required are specified under “English language requirements”
  • excellent IT skills

Applicants to the accelerated programme must supply detailed transcripts from their undergraduate and postgraduate study. In lieu of transcripts detailed syllabi, the marks gained, and a full academic reference must be supplied.

Special Information for South African Applicants

Applicants from South Africa can seek funding for their studies from TETA, the Transport Education and Training Authority.

Application Procedure:

All candidates must apply electronically. Paper applications are not accepted. Applications can be submitted at any time; there are no cut-off dates.

Applicants who meet the minimum entrance requirements are reviewed by the WMU Admissions Board. The Registry will notify all applicants of the Admissions Board’s decisions as soon as possible. 

Only the top applicants each year will be approved and offered a place (pending financing) at WMU. Enrolment can be finalized once an applicant has been cleared by the Admissions Board and has secured financing. The University will send each accepted candidate a medical report form that must be returned to the University along with a formal declaration that the candidate accepts the conditions of his/her enrolment.

Certified copies of transcripts and certificates (including the results of an acceptable test of English language) supporting the qualifications listed on the form must be submitted. Applications cannot be finalized unless all forms are complete and all supporting documentation supplied. Applications for admission should not be submitted through UNDP or IMO as they are not involved in the application/admission process.

Application for Admission

Applications for admission to the MSc in Maritime Affairs can be submitted one of two ways:

  1. Via the online application form
    Note: All supporting documentation should be completed prior to filling out the online form so files can be directly uploaded within the application.
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  2. Using the Application for Admission pdf form
    Note: The application and all supporting documentation must be emailed to MSc@wmu.se.

Application for Financial Support Form
Students who cannot secure funding through their home countries can be considered for one of the many fellowships made available each year by a number of international donors. Applicants must be put forward by their employer who is responsible for completing the Application for Financial Support form. Read this information before filling out the Financial Support Forms. The Financial Support Form and the Motivational Statements must be emailed to MSc@wmu.se

Application for the English and Study Skills Programme (ESSP) Only
WMU offers a specialist Maritime English and Study Skills Programme (ESSP). The ESSP is designed to enhance English language competencies and provide the skills necessary to follow a postgraduate programme successfully, whether at WMU or another institution. More than a quarter of the ESSP students are external students who come to Malmö for this unique programme that prepares them for both study and professional life in the maritime field. For more information about the programme, please visit wmu.se/essp. To apply to follow the ESSP as a stand-alone programme of study, please contact the Registry: MSc@wmu.se

Application for the accelerated programme
If an applicant requests advanced standing to enter the accelerated MSc programme, transcripts will be carefully assessed to ensure essential criteria are met. Applicants to the accelerated programme who are not accepted will be automatically considered for the 14-month standard programme.

All liaison with donors is through WMU who forwards files of eligible applicants to the donors. Donors request that applicants do not contact them directly. Donors establish the criteria used when considering applicants. Awards are generally restricted to those under age 40 and priority may be given to female applicants.


Grant Opportunities:

More than half of WMU students are funded directly by their own companies, governments or national funding agencies.

Sponsors can choose whether to pay the inclusive full fellowship fee, or to pay tuition to the University and then make payments directly to the student to cover living expenses.

Payment must be received by WMU before confirmation of enrollment can be made.  

A limited number of fellowships to provide financial support to students are given each year by a range of international donors. These fellowship awards are aimed at capacity building in developing countries, and the majority are given on a bilateral – government-to-government – basis. Candidates cannot apply for funding personally; their employer must apply.

The donors have indicated that they will support only candidates who are employed by their national governments, and that priority will be given to the least developed countries. It is expected that applicants will be aged under 40. Specific donors have additional requirements and preferences. For example, they may support women, or candidates from a specific region or range of countries.

In addition, a limited number of Sasakawa Fellowships are open to government employees from developed countries. The Sasakawa Fellowship Awards Committee is looking for well qualified candidates with a strong academic and professional record, and aged between 25 and 40. Interested applicants should apply for admission to the University, and in tandem, should submit an Application for Donor Funding from their organizations, plus a Sasakawa Fellowship Motivational Statement, completed by the candidate. It is essential that both these forms are completed in detail and with reference to the University’s Academic Handbook and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s web site: https://www.spf.org/e/ Complete applications must be sent to the University by the end of January 2016.

Some fellowships cover the cost of a full fellowship, and may or may not cover the additional cost of the English & Study Skills Programme. Others provide only the University Fee.

More information can be found here


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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