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

Our postgraduate programmes in Maritime Security (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA) are shaped by research-active staff and real world events. Delivered in a friendly and supportive learning environment, these , highly interactive programmes allow students to understand and analyse current issues and develop their skills in response.

“This MA – a pioneering programme of study focusing on some of the most pressing and critical challenges in the dynamic field of Maritime Security. Our Centre is at the forefront of this research agenda, using teaching to enhance the knowledge and actions of practitioners around the world.”

Dr Robert McCabe, Course Director, MA Maritime Security

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).
  • Maritime Security (16 months by blended/distance-learning Fast-Track MA (APEL*))

*Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is the process by which Coventry University awards credits towards a qualification based on a student’s prior learning and experience in, for example, their career, previous qualifications and other, relevant life experience. For this course, Coventry University is able to award a third of the credits of the qualification based on a student’s reflection on the outcomes of their prior experience and learning, providing a fast-track option and an opportunity to complete a master’s degree in 16 months rather than 2 years. 

Why choose this course?

Our MA Maritime Security is a postgraduate qualification, shaped by active researchers in the field and informed by real world events. We provide the opportunity to study in a friendly and supportive learning environment with people who have a wealth of experience in both the practice and theory of this increasingly important field.

The MA aims to prepare people to enter into or further a career in fields relating to Maritime Security, including shipping, the security sector, counter-terrorism, law, insurance, development, international relations, and diplomacy.

We work hard to provide a supportive, rich learning environment for our blend of face-to-face and distance study. Our courses are informed by our Centre’s research and real-world events and led by a teaching team with a wealth of experience in the policy, practice and theory that underpin this dynamic and growing field.

Each year we have a cohort of students from around the world who bring with them an array of personal and professional experiences in maritime security and related fields. The opportunity to meet and learn with professionals in similar roles but working in very different parts of the world is one of the most important and powerful aspects of our programme.

Career prospects

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 these challenges and our teaching is able to reflect that.

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 should 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!

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