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Maritime Security - MA/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

Maritime Security is one of the most dynamic and expanding sectors in the security industry with an impact on development efforts, insurance, international law, global shipping, the broader global economy, as well as transnational security. It encompasses the headline issue of piracy alongside other security challenges such as trafficking by sea, illegal fishing, and security at port.

Qualifications available:
-Postgraduate Certificate in Maritime Security (8 months by blended/distance-learning)
-Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Security (16 months by blended/distance-learning)
-Full Term MA Maritime Security (24 months by blended/distance-learning)
-Fast-Track MA (APEL) Maritime Security (15 months)


MA Maritime Security is a high-quality postgraduate qualification, shaped by research-active staff and informed by real world events, providing an opportunity to study in a friendly and supportive learning environment.

The MA is open to anyone with the requisite qualifications, and is targeted at preparing people to enter into a career in fields relating to Maritime Security (e.g. shipping, the security sector, law, insurance, development, international relations, and diplomacy) or to enhance the career opportunities of those already working within such fields.

If you are interested in Maritime Security, Coventry University is the place to learn more about it.

Course benefits:
-An opportunity to achieve an MA in 15 months with accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). Enabling professionals to obtain academic credits based on their professional experience
-Access to a professional network of individuals working in various roles related to peacebuilding internationally
-Research informed curriculum and teaching. Our courses are global, from the content of the programme and the staff leading them, to the diverse backgrounds of our participants
-A flexible blended learning approach, combining intensive workshops, online learning and small group tutorials. Allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments
-Access to Coventry University e-learning resources and CU Online


Alongside the MA-route (180M credits), this programme can be studied at Postgraduate Certificate (60M credits) and Postgraduate Diploma level (120M credits), and is offered via blended learning or distance learning. The three different qualifications on offer are sequential, and can therefore lead into one another, following the successful completion of the earlier portion.

At Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) stage, you will study three mandatory modules:
-Introduction to Maritime Security: Theory, Concepts and Key Perspectives
-Maritime Security in the 21st Century: Challenges and Responses
-Peace, Conflict and Security in the 21st Century

At Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) stage you will undertake one core module, Project Management in Practice, and two elective modules from the following list:
-Privatisation of International Security
-Environment, Peace and Conflict
-Migration, Displacement and Belonging
-Religion, Peace and Conflict
-Gender, Peace and Conflict.
-Comparative Peace Processes

At MA Stage, you will undertake a dissertation in an area of study which you would like to explore in more depth, with support from a supervisor.


Ferguson Trust Scholarships are made available through the generosity of The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust to support students wishing to pursue our Peace and Conflict Studies and Maritime Security academic streams. The scholarships are designed for candidates from low-income countries and lower middle-income countries, which, ordinarily, are conflict-affected. We apologise to everyone from the EU, Japan, USA and areas with comparable incomes, we are not allowed to offer these scholarships no matter how strong your application.

The competition for funding is intense and the applications are of a very high standard, prior to applying for a scholarship please ensure you have a formal offer letter.

After checking your eligibility you should refer to the scholarship terms & conditions, complete the application form with great care and return this to by 28 April 2017.


Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations are pleased to offer a limited number of partial bursaries towards tuition fees, available to overseas students who wish to pursue an MA in Maritime Security or Peace and Conflict Studies.

-Complete a bursary application form including a detailed statement of support which should not exceed 500 words by 28 April 2017
-Demonstrate capacity and commitment to undertake and complete the programme
-Explain how the programme is aligned to your future aspirations and how it will benefit your professional development

-Please note that this scholarship cannot be combined with any other CTPSR scholarship
-The decision to award is at the sole discretion of the Centre. The Centre reserves the right to determine the number of scholarships to award from this category
-Bursaries will only be awarded if your admissions application is successful

How to Apply
Students wishing to apply for a bursary should complete an application form and submit this to by no later than 28 April 2017.


The MA in Maritime Security is the only programme of its kind in the world, and therefore offers an unparalleled opportunity to gain a deeper insight through both theoretical and practical perspectives of the present security challenges at sea. The course is taught by experts in the field of Maritime Security and is informed by their research. The programme is also evolving alongside the dynamism of these challenges, as they exist in the real world, and being tailored to the needs of practitioners.

Further to this, the course ultimately seeks to create a learning community, where ideas can be interchanged and debated amongst academic staff, alumni, and current students, lasting well beyond the timespan of the academic programme itself.

These are the benefits that the MA in Maritime Security can offer you, and will thus enhance your career prospects in the following ways. If you are already a practitioner, you will have the opportunity to broaden your professional network, which is very likely to be useful to you in the workplace, whilst also gaining a formal accredited postgraduate qualification, which may be required for further progression in your career. If you are an individual with an interest in Maritime Security, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter into jobs within a broad spectrum of organisations, including: international non-government organisations, multinational government organisations like the United Nations, regional communities such as the European Union or the Economic Community of West African states, the shipping industry, oil and gas, think tanks, and indeed also academia.

Visit the Maritime Security - MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a honours degree at 2:2 or above (or equivalent international grade/qualification), from a recognised University, preferably in a social science subject (e.g. Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Security Studies, Politics, Development Studies).

Last Updated

10 March 2017

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