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Maritime, Logistics, Port & Energy Education, Research & Training at WMU, Malmo, Sweden

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WMU was founded by International Maritime Organizations (IMO) in 1983 with the aim of providing advanced training for men and women involved in maritime administration, education and management, particularly those from developing countries. The institution - along with the IMO International Maritime Law Institute IMLI (Msida, Malta), and the International Maritime Safety, Security and Environment Academy (Genoa, Italy), supports the Organization's technical co-operation program, the mission statement of which is to help developing countries improve their ability to comply with international rules and standards relating to maritime safety and the prevention and control of maritime pollution, giving priority to technical assistance programs that focus on human resources development and institutional capacity-building.

The University operates on the basis of a Charter adopted by the IMO Assembly, and is accountable to the IMO Secretary-General, Council and Assembly, and to an international Board of Governors composed of representatives of some 50 different governmental, industry, labor and educational bodies.

Since its foundation in 1983, WMU has established an excellent reputation as a global centre for advanced education and research in the maritime field. WMU offers high-quality professional education that provides students with a unique insight into the maritime sector. The university offers only postgraduate degrees - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Science (MSc), and Postgraduate Diploma (PGD).

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Academic Programs

Postgraduate Programs

  • MSc or Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Affairs (Malmö): The standard M.Sc. is a 14-month program lasting from September until November of the following year. The intensive curriculum provides 95 ECTS credits with approximately 3 weeks of field study that takes students to destinations across Europe, Asia, and South America to gain valuable insights into professional practices. Students who already hold a postgraduate qualification can apply for exemption from the foundation semester and join the accelerated program. Specializations include:
    • Port Management
    • Shipping Management & Logistics
    • Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration
    • Maritime Law & Policy
    • Maritime Education & Training
    • Maritime Energy Management
    • Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management
  • MSc in International Transport and Logistics ITL (Shanghai, China): The Master of Science program in International Transport and Logistics is delivered in Shanghai, China, by WMU in collaboration with Shanghai Maritime University (SMU). The program is intensive, and lasts for 17 months. It consists of 5 taught units plus a research project, made up of 42 credits. The first unit consists of foundation studies, which provide the prerequisites for the later units, which cover all aspects of logistics and international transport. Staff from SMU teach the first unit and supervise project work, while WMU staff teach the other credits.
  • MSc in Maritime Safety and Environmental Management MSEM (Dalian, China): The Master of Science program in Maritime Safety and Environmental Management is delivered in Dalian, China, by WMU in collaboration with Dalian Maritime University (DMU). The program is intensive, and lasts for 14 months. It consists of 4 taught units plus a research project, made up of 44 credits. The first unit, foundation studies, is followed by specialization units, which cover all aspects of maritime safety and environmental management. Staff from DMU teach the first unit, and supervise project work, while WMU staff teach the other credits.
  • PG Diploma in Executive Maritime Management offered in pertnership with DNV GL (11 months): This Postgraduate Diploma has been designed to provide a boot camp for managers. Drawing on the strengths and expertise of WMU and DNV GL, it addresses current topics of critical importance in the maritime industry with a blended learning approach to operational, commercial and technical issues. Classroom, distance or blended learning modes available for this course.
  • PG Diploma in Marine Insurance (1 Year - Distance Learning): This program allows you to gain this qualification without taking time away from your work and other commitments and provides students with the opportunity of studying marine insurance at the highest educational level.
  • PG Diploma in Maritime Law (1 Year - Distance Learning): This programme develops academic knowledge and awareness of international trade and maritime law and increases understanding of how commercial trade ventures may give rise to legal issues.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Energy (1 Year - Distance Learning): This program provides up-to-date analyses of current initiatives and future developments in energy efficient shipping. The 12-month program is comprised of five modules and begins in July.

PhD Programs

  • Maritime Administration (Law, Policy and Security): This research area covers the legislative, regulatory, and enforcement roles of governments and administrations in the context of specific problems facing the maritime industry.
  • Marine Environmental Research: This research area covers environmental management issues in coastal and ocean areas, particularly those related to maritime sectors such as shipping.

  • Shipping and Port Management: This research area explores all areas of shipping and port management, and offers the chance of carrying out in-depth investigation within the fields of maritime economics, ship or port operations and management, shipping and port policy, logistics, ship finance, cargo handling, and port governance.

  • Maritime Risk and System Safety: This research group specialises in developing multi-disciplinary research angles in the area of maritime risk governance and management with a special focus on maritime safety and human-related issues. Technical developments, such as the concept of e-navigation or the use of simulation to help maritime risk assessment are also considered.

  • Maritime Energy: Energy management and efficiency, renewable energy and technological innovation underpin the work of this group, which aims to provide solutions that help the international maritime community to achieve a sustainable and low-carbon industry.

Professional Development Programs

  • ICT for Maritime Education and Training
  • Maritime Casualty Investigation
  • Port State Control
  • Container Terminal Performance and Planning with a Simulation Technique
  • Current Environmental Issues in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
  • IMO Ballast Water Management Convention – Compliance and Enforcement
  • Economic Modelling of Shipping Markets
  • International Trade & Transport
  • Energy Management Through Ship Design and Operation
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Ship Finance and Investment
  • Introductory Workshop on the Maritime Labour Convention
  • Advanced Workshop on the Maritime Labour Convention
  • Contemporary Issues in the Law of the Sea
  • Introduction to Internal Audit of Shipping Companies -an internal control approach
  • Executive Development in the Maritime Sector
  • The Protection and Preservation of the Marine Environment and the Law of the Sea
  • Maritime English – Upgrading Teaching Competencies
  • Contemporary Issues in Integrated Coastal Zone management
  • Training Course for Simulator Training and Assessment
  • Climate Change Impacts on the Maritime Sector
  • Training Course for Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers (Administrators, Trainers and Assessors)

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