Maritime Department

Master of Science (MSc) in Marine Environment

Key Feature

Code                              MMSC215

Modules                        13

Duration                       13 months

Registration                 Any time
Teaching                       Distance learning

Credits                           96

Tuition Fees                 $7,500

The Master of Science (MSc) in the Marine Environment is a specialized program designed to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills related to the protection and management of the marine environment. This interdisciplinary course covers a wide range of topics, including shipping operations, marine insurance, environmental management, ocean physics, and marine pollution. By combining theoretical foundations with practical applications and real-world case studies, the program equips students to address complex environmental challenges and contribute to the sustainable management of marine resources. Emphasizing the importance of legal frameworks and dispute resolution mechanisms, the course prepares students for roles in both the maritime industry and environmental protection agencies.

The primary objectives of this course are to:

  1. Provide a robust foundation in the fundamental aspects of shipping, including the various departments within a shipowning company and maritime job roles.
  2. Offer detailed insights into the different types of ships, their nationalities, and the role of international maritime organizations.
  3. Develop a comprehensive understanding of marine insurance, cargo operations, and the functions of classification societies.
  4. Equip students with practical skills in managing the marine environment, focusing on international conventions and pollution control measures.
  5. Foster knowledge of the legal systems and dispute resolution mechanisms relevant to the marine environment, including arbitration and mediation.
  6. Introduce students to the fundamentals of ocean physics, including the structure and dynamics of ocean basins and seawater properties.
  7. Provide a deep understanding of ocean circulation, biological ocean processes, and the impact of human activities on marine life.
  8. Analyze various sources of marine pollution, including antifouling substances and radioactive materials, and understand their regulation under international conventions.
  9. Explore the impacts of noise pollution, the application of remote sensing data, fluid dynamics, and climate change on the marine environment.
  10. Enable students to conduct original research through a comprehensive dissertation, contributing to the field of marine environmental science.

    Learning Outcomes
    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Proficiently understand and utilize nautical and shipping terminologies, as well as the various departments and job roles within a shipowning company.
    2. Identify and differentiate between types of ships and their specific functions, understand the concept of ship nationality, and recognize the significance of flags of convenience.
    3. Navigate and apply marine insurance principles, cargo operations, and understand the role and functions of classification societies.
    4. Effectively manage marine environmental protection measures, applying knowledge of international conventions like MARPOL and the London Dumping Convention.
    5. Analyze and utilize legal and dispute resolution mechanisms, including arbitration under the Arbitration Act 1996, within the context of the marine environment.
    6. Demonstrate a solid understanding of ocean physics, including ocean basins, sediments, seawater properties, and ocean structure.
    7. Understand ocean circulation, waves, tides, and biological processes in the open ocean, and their implications for marine ecosystems.
    8. Assess the sources and impacts of various types of marine pollution, and apply regulatory frameworks to protect the marine environment.
    9. Evaluate the impacts of noise pollution on marine life, use remote sensing data for environmental monitoring, and understand fluid dynamics and climate change in marine contexts.
    10. Conduct original research and produce a well-structured dissertation that contributes to the academic and practical knowledge of marine environmental science.

    1. Introduction to shipping
    • Shipowning company's Departments & Maritime Jobs, Part 1
    • Maritime Jobs, Part 2
    • Nautical Terminology
    • Shipping Terminology, Ship's Tonnage

    2. Types of ships, Nationality of Ships, International Organizations
    • Types of ships, Part 1
    • Types of ships, Part 2. Ship’s demolition
    • Nationality of ship and ships under flags of convenience
    • International Maritime Organization (IMO) and key conventions of the IMO

    3. Introduction to Marine Insurance, Chartering and Classification Societies
    • The commonly used marine insurance terms
    • Cargo terminology, Cargo operation
    • Classification society and the International Safety Management code (ISM)

    4. Management of the Marine Environment
    • MARPOL 1973/1978
    • The London Dumping Convention (LDC) 1972 and Protocol 2006
    • Air pollution
    • Management of ballast water pollution
    • Wreck removal

    5. Resolving Disputes related to the Marine Environment
    • English legal system
    • Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR), mediation
    • Arbitration, Arbitration Act 1996
    • Ethics in arbitration
    • Aspects of arbitration proceedings

    6. Fundamentals of Ocean Physics
    • Ocean Basins
    • Sediments
    • Seawater
    • Ocean structure

    7. Ocean Circulation and Biological Ocean Process
    • Ocean circulation
    • Waves, Tides
    • Biological ocean process
    • Open ocean organisms

    8. Marine Pollution 2
    • Water pollution from antifoulings
    • Radioactive materials and Shipping, Radioactive pollution
    • Protection and reservation of the marine environment under the UNCLOS

    9. Marine Environment from a Physics Perspective
    • Impacts of noise pollution on marine life, including sources from shipping, exploration, and other human activities
    • Application of remote sensing data to track pollution, algal blooms, and other environmental phenomena
    • Fluid dynamics in marine environments and marine energy systems
    • Climate change and Quantitative methods in marine physics

    10-12. Dissertation
    • 15,000 words

    Entry Requirements

    Bachelor of Science (BSc) or other Higher Education degree, or experienced professionals.

    English language: GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component, or a related certificate of English language course. Proficiency or Lower Certificate in English, or good writing and communication skills in English (at the discretion of the Committee).

    Basic Information Technology skills.

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    Career - Maritime Jobs

    Academic staff consisting of professionals with significant career at sea and generally in the shipping industry, being in collaboration with special academic personnel highly expertize in business and the international maritime affairs. Below are the maritime jobs, that our courses prepare you.


    Our students, regardless their professional origin and their academic level, acquire the necessary knowledge which gives them the opportunity to get an outstanding job position in shipping and rise to the highest levels of the maritime industry.  

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