MSc in Maritime Affairs, Malmö - University Fees

The University fee is made up of tuition, field study programme costs, study materials and the required medical and accident insurance. The University fees for entrants to the Class of 2021 are as follows:

   standard MSc programme:               $27,900
          tuition                                          $23,500
          field study programme                  $4,400

    accelerated MSc programme:         $24,800
          tuition                                         $20,400
          field study programme                 $4,400

    English & Study Skills Programme:    $5,700 

The fees and costs are revised biannually, and so will be higher for students in the Class of 2023.

Living Costs

A student needs at least SEK11,000 per month for rent at the University residence and basic general living costs, plus air tickets. To rent a flat privately is considerably more expensive. Since WMU is a UN institution and not part of the national Swedish education system, our students cannot claim study support from the Swedish government or any other EU state.

All-Inclusive Payment

Some sponsors prefer to make a single payment to the University to cover all the needs of their student during the programme. From this inclusive payment, WMU provides tuition, field studies, insurance, accommodation, and a monthly living allowance. Students on the standard, 14-month programme are also provided with an air ticket home after graduation. The all-inclusive fees are as follows:
standard MSc programme:                 $58,700
accelerated MSc programme:            $49,700
English & Study Skills Programme:     $11,400 

Financial Support from Companies, Governments and Foundations

Half our students are funded by their own companies, governments or national funding agencies. Sponsors can choose whether to make the all-inclusive payment, or to pay just the University fee to WMU, and then make payments directly to the student to cover living expenses. Payment must be made by bank transfer to the University’s account before we can confirm enrolment. 

Before applying for a fellowship from a WMU donor, you are strongly advised to explore all funding possibilities in your home country, such as from your own company or organization, national scholarship programmes for study abroad, international scholarship and fellowship programmes, maritime sector organizations and philanthropic foundations. Make sure you find out about the requirements for each of these options well in advance of the start of your programme. There is a list on our website of some of these organizations.

Special Information for South African Applicants

Applicants from South Africa can seek funding for their studies from TETA, the Transport Education and Training Authority.

Financial Support from WMU Donors

If you cannot secure funding in your home country, you can be considered for one of the fellowships granted via WMU by international donors. The majority of these fellowships cover the full costs of studying at the University: the University fee, accommodation at the residence, a monthly living allowance, and an air ticket home after graduation. Others cover only the University fee. There is very limited donor support for the ESSP.

The application for donor funding must be made by your employer, who completes the Application for Financial Support form, available on our website. To be considered for certain donor fellowships, applicants must complete additional motivational statements. The blank forms for each donor which is currently requesting such a statement can be found on our website. As at August 2019, these awards are the Sasakawa World Maritime University Fellowships, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust Fellowships, and the TK Foundation Fellowships. Please note that only typed electronic forms can be accepted to apply for donor support, and should be submitted with your online application.

Your employer’s commitment to your studies is vital; the donors expect your employer to buy your initial plane ticket to come to Sweden, and to employ you in a suitable position after graduation. The donors have established the criteria that they use when considering applicants: awards are usually restricted to government employees from the least developed countries who are aged under 40. Some donors give priority to certain regions, to certain specializations or to women. Detailed information about academic qualifications, including English language test scores, IT skills, professional track record and anticipated employment after graduation are taken into account by donors, along with your motivational statement.

If you hope to secure a donor fellowship, you must apply as early as possible to maximize your chances, and you are advised to submit all the motivational statements. Donors start to allocate fellowships very early each year, and the process goes on over a period of several months. We receive many more applications for these fellowships than the number of donor fellowships available, and you should not rely on WMU donors if there are other options in your home country; it is very important that you and your nominating authority make every effort to secure financing on your behalf.

There are generally at least six well-qualified applicants for each fellowship award meaning there is significant competition; not all who apply will receive fellowships.

Fellowship donors to students in the Class of 2019 include:

  The Nippon Foundation of Japan 
  International Maritime Organization
  International Chamber of Shipping 
  Government of Germany
  Government of The Netherlands 
  Government of Norway 
  Government of the Republic of Korea
  Government of Singapore
  Government of the United Kingdom
  ITF Seafarers' Trust 
  TK Foundation 
  Orients Fond
  Stena Rederi AB
  Busan Port Authority
  Gard AS

All contact with donors is made by WMU on behalf of candidates. The donors have indicated that applicants should not contact them directly. All submissions for fellowships must be made to WMU.

* special motivational statements required


Click here for information regarding external funding opportunities