PhD in Maritime Affairs

World Maritime University
3 - 6 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD

About this program

WMU’s PhD programme offers students the opportunity to carry out research across the maritime field, but with an emphasis on issues related to the International Maritime Organization’s mission of maritime safety, security and marine environmental protection. Our PhD programme offers unrivalled access to international maritime experts both inside and outside academia, and to organizations working at the forefront of research and development.

PhD students have come to WMU from industry, academia and the government sector, and have completed their dissertations in a very wide range of subject areas, from investigating oil-spill mitigation to an analysis of organizational learning in shipping companies.

The PhD programme consists of 240 ECTS credits completed usually over a registration period of three to six years. Candidates may be based at the University or elsewhere, usually at their place of employment.

Within the time limits of three to six years, candidates may carry out doctoral research at their own pace, which can also vary during their period of enrolment. For example, candidates may choose to spend one year conducting research at WMU full time, and then return home to complete their research over a longer period, with short visits to the University for progression seminars and meetings.

Admission requirements

The Admissions Board will consider only those applicants who meet the minimum general entrance requirements:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or an equivalent university qualification
  • Competence in English language, demonstrated by an internationally recognized standard test
  • Computer competence

The Admissions Board will select only the best-qualified candidates, taking into account all their qualifications and achievements.

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The full University fee is US$ 33,400, and is charged by the year.  

A student who is based in Malmö will be expected to pay in four equal instalments, while a student based away from Malmö may instead opt to pay in six equal instalments.  Full payment must be completed before the final examination. The tuition fee includes supervision, library and laboratory access, IT support, and medical, life and accident insurance.


Doctor of Philosophy in Maritime Affairs

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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

World Maritime University
Fiskehamnsgatan 1
211 18 Malmö

Phone no: 4640356360

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