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MSc in Maritime Affairs - Maritime Law & Policy

World Maritime University
14 months
Full time
Master's degree

Program description

WMU’s MSc programme emphasizes the practical application of expertise. It offers both an overview of the complex, inter-related maritime and ocean fields, as well as the opportunity to specialize. The programme is designed to respond directly to the real needs of the maritime industry, and to equip graduates with the skills needed today and in the future. It is academically challenging and professionally oriented, and is designed for ambitious, mid-career maritime professionals. It provides a particularly strong foundation for those intending to move into either a national or an international career.

WMU is active in research that is influencing the development of the maritime industry. From the effects of climate change to maritime safety & security, from piracy to port state control, from environmental to technological developments impacting the industry, as well as on ocean-related matters, WMU’s faculty are involved in research that also adds significant value to the content of the MSc programme, keeping it up to date and relevant.

This specialization has been designed for people working in policy formulation or an advisory capacity at an executive level, whether in the public or private sector. It provides the essential knowledge and understanding of maritime administration issues required by such senior maritime personnel, and gives in-depth appreciation and advanced knowledge of the law and policy related to international maritime transport.

Admission requirements

The University admits only mature students who are already established in a career in the maritime field. The admissions board will consider only those applicants who meet the minimum general entrance requirements:

  • 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 recognised standard test
  • Computer competence (at least the ability to use Microsoft Office)

In addition to meeting the requirements for the standard, 14-month program, applicants for advanced standing must demonstrate that they have already covered the content of the first term of the standard program. 

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Tuition fees

The University fees for entrants to the Class of 2022 are as follows:

Standard MSc programme: $27,900
(Tuition: $23,500, field study programme: $4,400)

Accelerated MSc programme: $24,800
(Tuition: $20,400, field study programme $4,400)

English & Study Skills Programme: $5,700 

The fees and costs are revised biannually, and so will be higher for students in the Class of 2023.


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The World Maritime University (WMU) was founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, as its premier centre of excellence for maritime postgraduate education, research, and capacity building. The University offers unique...

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World Maritime University
Fiskehamnsgatan 1
211 18 Malmö

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