The Master of Science in Maritime Safety and Environmental Management is delivered in Dalian, China, by WMU in collaboration with Dalian Maritime University (DMU). It has been designed to extend WMU’s professional education to a new and thriving clientele from the region and beyond, and to meet more of the maritime industry’s demand for high-level specialized professionals. It has been created specifically for the maritime market in China.
The programme is intensive, and lasts for 15 months, starting in June each year and ending in August of the following year. It consists of 88 EC, made up of four taught units plus a research paper. The first credits, foundation studies, are followed by specialization credits, which cover all aspects of maritime safety and environmental management. Staff from DMU teach the first unit, and supervise dissertations, while WMU staff teach the other credits.
The programme is taught entirely in English, and the entry requirements, grading system and quality assurance processes are those in force at WMU. Successful graduates receive a WMU Master of Science degree, with a certificate signed by WMU’s Chancellor and President and a standard WMU transcript of grades.
The programme contains the following taught subjects:
- Applied marine engineering
- Applied naval architecture
- Maritime safety standards
- Quality systems and organizational management
- Maritime economics and logistics
- Maritime policy design, implementation and evaluation
- International maritime law, legal systems & conventions
- 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
- Contingency planning, search & rescue and crisis management
- Prevention and combating of marine pollution
- Human factors in maritime safety and environment protection
- It ends with students completing a dissertation.
FIELD STUDIES AND SEMINARS
As part of the programme, 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.
WMU admits students to the MSc in Maritime Safety and Environmental Management (MSEM) 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)
WMU’s TOEFL institution code is 9198.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
band 6.0 or above no ESSP required
Please note: the academic, not the general training, version of the test is 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.