Executive Maritime Management Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

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. 

The programme is delivered in association with DNV GL, the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society. DNV GL’s Maritime Academy provides an extensive portfolio of training courses for the maritime industry. With their global network they are able to exploit best practices and offer comprehensive training programmes.

Programme Information

Time frame:    11 months
Credits:           40 EC
Fees:               EUR7,590


The Diploma offers flexibility to complete the programme with a classroom-based option a distance learning option or a blend of the two. Classroom-based learning will take place in selected DNV GL Maritime Academies worldwide. Distance learning will be via the latest e-education systems and can be completed from any location worldwide.


The programme consists of five modules, each of which is a compulsory element of the programme. Approximately every eight weeks a module will be completed with a final assessment and a new module will start. The programmes offer pre-recorded videos on an e-learning platform, self-assessment exercises, collaboration tools, discussion forums and WMU e-library access. Designed by a faculty of leading academics and practitioners, the five modules address the most current topics of critical importance to maritime managers: 

Setting the Scene - Contemporary Global Maritime Regulatory and Management Issues in the Shipping Sector: This module examines the challenges and trends in maritime markets and develops an understanding of maritime corporate and economic driving forces.  

Remaining Competitive in a Changing Market - Strategic Financial Tools: This module examines the challenges and issues in today’s maritime sector in terms of the financial management, investment appraisal, availability of bank finance and bank credit analysis as  well as alternative sources of ship finance including Export Credit Agencies, private and public equity, high-yield bond markets and mezzanine ship finance. 

Managing Resources - Human Resource Management, Organizational Processes and Leadership in a Maritime Context: This module provides a fundamental understanding of the nature of organizations and the processes inherent in them, looking particularly at maritime contexts.  

Mastering Complexity - Effective Management of Safety and Security: This module covers various safety and security challenges and how to identify them. It will provide the knowledge and tools necessary to competently tackle key issues from port state control to piracy covering all safety, security and risk issues faced by maritime administrations and authorities all around the world.

Staying Ahead of the Curve - Maritime Environmental Technology, Sustainability and Challenges: This module focuses on the environmental aspects of the shipping industry along with relevant technologies and challenges faced towards the aim of achieving sustainable maritime development.


Interested participants may submit their application through the diploma website http://maritime-executive-diploma.com.


For further details and information please visit: www.maritime-executive-diploma.com or contact:

World Maritime University: +46 (0)40 356 300 or pgdadmissions@wmu.se
DNV-GL: +49 40 36149 7586 or exec.pgd@dnvgl.com