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Master in Operation and Management of Maritime Systems

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 3 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost There are no tuition fees for the consecutive Master's program. It is an application-oriented full-time study course with a study period of three semesters. The courses are offered in English. The master's program concludes with the degree "Master of Scie

For the winter semester 2008/2009, the new undergraduate master program "Operation and Management of Maritime Systems" began in Rostock-Warnemünde at the Maritime Department of the University of Wismar. This does not require a seafaring degree. The courses are offered in English.

The transition from diploma to bachelor and master programs at the Faculty of Engineering, which also includes the maritime sector in Rostock-Warnemünde, has meanwhile been successfully completed. In line with the "Bologna Process", the educational offer will be taken to a new level with the introduction of the first undergraduate master's degree program in the maritime sector.

The master program "Operation and Management of Maritime Systems" consists of nine compulsory modules and eight compulsory elective modules (one of which must be chosen two semesters per semester). In particular, the compulsory modules provide content on the key aspects of safe and effective operation, legal and economic aspects as well as soft skills. In elective modules, it is possible to acquire special knowledge in nautical, technical or economic fields.

In Bologna, in 1999, the foundation stone was laid for a single European Higher Education Area, characterized by internationally compliant degrees from Bachelor / Master programs. The Master is a second university degree and also offers the opportunity for subsequent graduation for college graduates.

Further advantages of the master's degree are obvious. The graduate will gain a better overview of the overall events regarding maritime systems through the master program in Rostock-Warnemünde. As a result, the personal market value and job-seeking benefits of job advertisements for senior positions in the maritime industry can increase relative to graduates of a bachelor's degree program.


PM 01  Safety, Security and Ecology in Maritime Systems

PM 02  Technical Aspects and Simulation of Maritime Systems

PM 03  Human Resources / Organizational Management

PM 04  Maritime Business Communication

PM 05  Maritime Management / Port Operations

PM 06  Management and Business Simulation

WPM 01  Maritime Law

WPM 02  Integrated Maneuvering / Propulsion and Navigation Systems

WPM 03  Operation, Monitoring & Maintenance of Technical Systems

WPM 04  Operational & Strategic Management in Shipbuilding

PM 07  Master thesis

PM: Compulsory module | WPM: Elective module 

Two elective modules have been chosen out of the four. The elective modules give the possibility to deepen and to complement the curriculum to the individual focus. The University of Wismar can be used as an optional connection to this curriculum. The examination board has to approve these other modules in advance.

An elective module wants to at least four students have chosen this module.

Application procedure

Learning outcomes

The aim of the Master's Program "Operation and Management of Maritime Systems" (OMMS) is the degree with the academic degree "Master of Science", abbreviated "M.Sc.".

The master program OMMS is a consecutive degree program. Through the master's program, the knowledge in the basic subjects should be deepened and extended in additional subjects. It is possible to focus on selected elective modules in selected disciplines. The goal is to produce graduates who

  • have a broad scientific base and the necessary professional knowledge to transition to work, 
  • possess the skills for analytical, networked thinking and methodical self-responsible action,
  • be able to cooperate with peers and other professionals in the maritime sector, seek solutions in the critical discourse, work in a team and convincingly represent their work to the outside world and
  • are able to act socially responsible and environmentally conscious.

The course contents correspond to the respective state of the art and the science. They are based on the principle of unity of research and teaching.

This master's program enables students to acquire the skills needed to apply the context of the subject studied, scientific methods and insights. The student is qualified for independent scientific work. The study is also focused on the teaching of key skills, the development of intellectual and social skills and the promotion of personality development. At the end of the study, the students should be able to survey the context of the subject and be able to independently analyze even complex problems in context, to develop assessments and solutions scientifically founded and to realize them in a social environment.

Graduates of this degree program have acquired in-depth engineering and business knowledge, providing them with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theories, models and methods used in the maritime domain. The Master's graduates have an overview of current research and development topics in their area of ​​specialization and are also able to question recent findings in their specialist discipline.

They have the skill to scientifically develop stand-alone solutions to engineering problems and innovative new methods, and to evaluate them in an economic context. In addition, they are able to guide colleagues in new tasks professionally.

The masters of this program should have the competence to carry out sophisticated engineering activities in the planning, organization and execution of projects in the maritime sector through in-depth science-based and interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and methods, as well as new technical solutions on a scientific basis, taking into account economic and legal aspects develop and implement. The graduates should recognize professional and interdisciplinary connections and be able to work independently. Characteristic of this is an abstract, analytical, beyond the individual case networked thinking. Master graduates are able to familiarize themselves independently with new fields of knowledge. You are capable not only to work in a team but also to lead and lead it. This also applies to the scientific field.

Graduates of this program can fill management positions in the maritime industry and services as well as in the maritime supply industry. For graduates seeking a career in maritime research or teaching, this master's degree provides the appropriate access to doctoral studies. The job site can range from shipping and port companies, maritime service providers, shipyards, suppliers (including offshore), and logistics companies to classification societies, government agencies and the higher public administration service. The later occupational fields of activity may be management, strategic decision-making or special operational service.


Job Profile

The job description and the fields of activity in the maritime economy are, like everything else, subject to the changing times. The knowledge gained in the Master's Degree Program "Operation and Management of Maritime Systems" prepares graduates for a very good entry into a leadership position that requires advanced knowledge, especially in cross-sectoral business thinking and soft skills.  

To study in Warnemünde the master program "Operation and Management of Maritime Systems" means to prepare for a career in the maritime economy.

The fields of activity of graduates of the Master program are in the area of ​​maritime and port industries (such as shipping companies and port companies and maritime service providers), the maritime industry (such as shipyards, suppliers and the offshore business field). , the maritime-oriented education and training and the higher service of the public administration.  

The later occupational fields of activity may be management, strategic decision-making or the special operational service.

During our studies, we encourage our students to recognize their individual potential and to develop it consistently in order to develop new fields of activity through their own work profile.


  • first professional qualification (Bachelor, Diplom or equivalent) with at least 210 credit points and a total grade of at least 2.5 in a degree program with a degree in economics or engineering from a national or international university
  • if the final grade of at least 2.5 can not be proven, at least two engineering modules or the final thesis with a module grade of 2.0 or better must have been passed
  • Applicants with a total of 180 credit points can, after consultation with and by decision of the Examination Board, complete modules amounting to 30 credits
  • if the overall grade is 3.0 or worse, there is no admission

Details on the approval can be found in the appropriate orders.

ISCED Categories

Personal skills and communication
Logistics and shipping management