Distance Learning

The World Maritime University has a proven track record in offering programmes by distance learning, designed to offer flexibility to meet the educational needs of maritime professionals, organizations and administrations, and to build maritime capacity globally. Our distance-learning programmes are an indispensable investment for our students and a significant contribution to meeting the need for expertise across the international maritime community. 

The distance learning programmes offer a blend of academic theory and business practice, and are delivered by the University directly, or in partnership with leading providers of maritime training and education: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy (LMA) and DNV GL Maritime Academy. The knowledge gained can be transferred and immediately applied to the professional environment. The programmes are carefully designed and continuously revised to meet the changing educational needs in the maritime industry. The current programme portfolio includes a wide range of topics of current interest. Each programme carries European credits (under the ECTS) which may be accepted by other universities for transfer into their programmes.

Entrance Requirements

The basic entrance requirement is a Bachelor’s degree. Non-graduates with approved professional qualifications or who have sufficient professional experience may also be considered. The normal definition of “sufficient professional experience” for all Postgraduate Diploma programmes is defined as responsible, managerial experience over a period of at least five years’ duration. Competence in English is required, as evidenced by a standard, internationally acceptable examination of English.


Fees for the programmes cover, as appropriate, study materials, core textbooks, recorded lectures, seminars, scheduled examinations, tutorial support and feedback as well as WMU e-library access. The fees do not include the costs of personal travel and accommodation for the seminars, examination or graduation. Participants are responsible for the costs of any special arrangements they may request, such as an alternative examination location.

This long-established programme was developed for professionals in the marine insurance industry, and offers a solid academic foundation for practitioners to develop their expertise and their careers.

Industry and governments around the world are engaged in the international effort to battle climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutants, sea-level rise and weather-pattern changes.

The Maritime Welfare (MARI-WEL) Professional Development Programme was created in partnership by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust and the World Maritime University.

WMU offers two International Maritime Law programmes, an LLM and a Postgraduate Diploma

Managers in today’s extremely competitive maritime industry need to cope with continuous technical, regulatory and commercial development. They must be able to anticipate future opportunities and act proactively, armed with up-to-date skills and comprehensive knowledge if they want to retain their competitive edge. This programme, first offered in 2015, has been designed to provide a “boot camp” for managers. It is continuously updated to address issues of critical importance in the maritime industry across its operational, technical and commercial aspects.