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MA by Research: Maritime Studies

Course Description

This degree programme combines some of the coursework elements of a taught MA or MSc, with a longer Dissertation which, unlike taught Masters' programmes, must be started at the beginning of the programme. The aim of the programme is to provide highly qualified and competent students who have a clearly focused research interest with the opportunity to complete a Master's degree with more focus on that interest and fewer compulsory taught courses, without requiring the time or commitment necessary to complete an MPhil or PhD. Students must complete an appropriate taught course in Research Methodology, either in the history area or the policy area, and two other courses. The degree will be a key step on the career path of anyone wishing to pursue an academic career in maritime history, maritime policy, maritime commerce, or maritime defence and security studies. At the end of this degree, successful students may wish to register for a doctoral programme, since this MA provides a useful taster of research training and experience for those considering this route.

The aims of the programme are:

- To provide students who already have a clearly focussed research interest with the opportunity to complete a research-focused Master's degree in the minimum possible time

- To provide a stepping stone enabling rapid transfer from predominantly taught study to self-directed research and an academic career

- To produce a high-quality and substantial piece of written work suitable for publication.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/res/maritime-studies

What you'll study

- One research skills course, either: Research Skills in Maritime Policy (15 credits) or Research Skills and Case Studies for Maritime Historians (30 credits).

- Research Dissertation (up to 40,000 words) (120 credits)

- The remaining 30 or 45 credits (depending on which research skills course is chosen) should be chosen from the following option courses: Maritime Business Environment (15 credits); Defence & Security (15 credits); Environmental History and the Sea (15 credits); Case Studies in Maritime Policy (15 credits); Challenges in 21st Century Maritime Policy (15 credits); Public Shipping Law (30 credits); Economics of International Shipping (15 credits); The Nature of Global Maritime Security (15 credits); Maritime Crime (15 credits); Marine Insurance (15 credits); Environment, Energy and Equipment (15 credits); The Emergence of a World Power: Britain and the Maritime World 1688-1914 (30 credits); The Transfer of Power: International Maritime History 1914 to the late 20th Century (30 credits); International Fisheries History (15 credits).

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages
- International students' finance pages


Students are assessed through a variety of coursework and presentations.

Career options

Academic or academic-related careers, journalism or PR in maritime history, maritime policy, maritime business, economics and commerce, maritime defence and security.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

Visit the MA by Research: Maritime Studies page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

Student Profiles

Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (2.1 or above), or an equivalent qualification. Acceptance will depend on the presentation of a suitable research proposal of 500 words, and confirmation that the department has staff available who are equipped to supervise the proposed research topic. UK-based applicants are interviewed. If English is not your first language, we require an IELTS score of at least 6.5, but we strongly advise applicants to aim for a score of 7.5 in order to cope with the programme. Applications and progress are also monitored by the University's Research Degrees Committee and, where applicable, the Research Ethics Committee.

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