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World Maritime University

As the International Maritime Organization’s apex institution for high-level maritime education and research, our mission is to serve the global maritime community in furtherance of IMO’s aims and objectives.

As a centre of excellence for maritime education and research, the University promotes the highest practicable standards in maritime transportation, policy and administration, management, safety, security and environment protection, and provides a mechanism for the international exchange and transfer of knowledge and its applications

  • 4 programme(s)

    Introduction:
    The World Maritime University (WMU), in Malmö, Sweden, is a postgraduate maritime university under the United Nations, founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1983 as its premier institution for maritime postgraduate education, research, and capacity building. WMU;

    • contributes to maritime capacity building and the development of effective policies for the global maritime community;
    • helps build a sustainable world through maritime education and research in the maritime sector;
    • educates future global maritime leaders, experts and professionals;
    • provides a forum for international collaboration on maritime transportation.

    Semester by semester:
    All students enrol in the programme in Maritime Affairs. They may go on to specialise in one of six areas, as well as adding different elective subjects, to make up a programme that precisely meets their interests and their future needs.

    Term 1: all students complete the same Foundation Studies, which provide an introduction to the legal, technical, regulatory and economic aspects of sea use.

    Terms 2 and 3: students follow one of six specialisations:

    • Shipping Management & Logistics;
    • Port Management;
    • Maritime Education & Training;
    • Maritime Law & Policy;
    • Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration;
    • Marine Environmental & Ocean Management.

    Term 4: students have a choice of a range of Electives, which allow them to deepen their specialisation, and add knowledge of one or more of the other areas. Certain students may complete a dissertation, which is usually based on a particular issue relating to their work in their home country, and must be approved by the University. The dissertation may involve original research, or be an analysis of a topic based on secondary sources.

    Lecturing Staff:
    The resident academic staff is supplemented by around 100 Visiting Professors each year, who are internationally renowned academic or professional experts. They bring state-of-the-art practice and expertise into the classroom, opening a window to the modern maritime world.

    International study trips:
    MSc students also follow a programme of field studies - which are an integral part of the programme - at various locations in Europe and Asia, providing valuable insight into the application of theoretical studies and professional practices in a wide range of host organisations. Students visit a variety of companies, ports, administrations and institutions to study the most advanced technologies and practices in the maritime field.

    Seminars:
    Students also have a unique opportunity to meet and interact with world-class maritime experts at our international conferences and Professional Development Courses (PDCs) that are offered each year in Malmö on contemporary topics impacting the maritime sector.

    Funding/fellowships:
    If you cannot secure funding in your home country, you can be considered for one of the fellowships granted via WMU by international donors. The majority of these fellowships are worth €37,500, and cover the full costs of studying at the University: the University fee, accommodation at the residence, a monthly living allowance, and an air ticket home after graduation. Others cover only the University fee.

    Graduates/Alumni:
    To date 3,477 graduates from 164 countries have been awarded WMU degrees, postgraduate diplomas and certificates. The majority, 3,200 graduates, have been awarded the degree of Master of Science. This number increases every year by some 200.

    Our graduates are:
    • equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable them to fulfil successfully their national and international responsibilities for effective maritime development
    • fully aware of maritime operations in general, as well as of their chosen specialisation
    • sensitive to the general objectives of the United Nations and the particular aims of IMO
    • sufficiently flexible to adapt to a variety of roles in the maritime field
    • able to operate comfortably in an international and multi-cultural environment
    • fluent in the English language, and able to communicate skilfully
    • skilled in problem solving, critical analysis and independent endeavour

    The alumni maintain close links both with the University as well as among themselves, furthering IMO’s objectives of encouraging and facilitating the highest practicable standards in maritime safety and the prevention and control of pollution of the marine environment. Many of our graduates hold senior positions in maritime education, as heads of institutions or as professors. Others hold key posts in governments, maritime administrations, ports and shipping companies, or represent their governments in a range of capacities, enabling them to influence and direct policy in their countries and regions. WMU graduates are also increasingly called upon to contribute to international maritime forums, including IMO.



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