English and Study Skills Programme (ESSP)
WMU offers a specialist Maritime English and Study Skills Programme (ESSP). The ESSP is designed to enhance English language competencies and provide the skills necessary to follow a postgraduate programme successfully, whether this programme is at WMU or another institution. Around one fifth of the ESSP students are external students, who come to Malmö for this unique programme that prepares them for both study and professional life in the maritime and ocean fields.
The ESSP runs each year from June to September, and its curriculum is designed to cover the skills required for success in a postgraduate degree programme and for professional success. The core components are Academic Writing Skills, Speaking & Presentation Skills and Thematic Integrated Skills. The programme also includes academic lectures by WMU professors, and IT and library workshops.
The classes are small to facilitate group activities and allow a very high level of individual feedback to students from their teachers. The competencies that are developed include effective problem solving, solid research methods, critical reading and analysis, all skills that are needed in postgraduate study.
The English and Study Skills Programme (ESSP) is for anyone who needs to communicate more effectively in English in the maritime field. ESSP students are typically:
- WMU students enrolled in the ESSP as a condition of entry into the MSc programme
- WMU students who elect to take the ESSP in preparation for the MSc programme
- Non-WMU students who wish to upgrade their professional and academic English communication skills in the maritime context.
- Academic Writing
- Thematic Integrated Skills
- Speaking and Presentation Skills
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
ESSP participation required
IBT: 61 to 79
PBT: 500 to 549
no ESSP participation required
WMU’s TOEFL institution code is 9198.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
bands 5.0 and 5.5 ESSP participation required
band 6.0 or above no ESSP required
Please note: the academic, not the general training, version of the test is required
First Certificate (FCE) ESSP participation required
Proficiency (CPE) no ESSP required