Maritime Safety & Security Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

Shipping is a sector with global impact, characterised by continuous introduction of new supporting technologies and a very tight regulatory framework, subject to on-going review and improvement. Ensuring safety and security at all times is essential for shipping and for maintaining the good reputation of any organization, institution or company concerned with activities at sea. Rules, management systems, trends and current technological developments are only as effective as the people dealing with them on a daily basis. Complying with regulations is a first step, but integrating, understanding and implementing them, in order to bring them to life for all the people involved, is the only way to make them an effective and helpful tool.

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 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.

Maritime Transport & Shipping Operations: This module provides a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary maritime transport system, including the basics of the shipping market and the role and significance of different types of ports. It also provides fundamental knowledge in shipping operations and an overview of modern shipping management, including commercial and technical functions. During this module, a large number of contemporary concepts and principles that govern the maritime world will be discussed and evaluated. In addition, real-world scenarios will be examined in which a broad understanding of marine activities is needed to identify effective solutions to interdisciplinary problems.

Safety and Environmental Protection Issues: This module focuses on environmental aspects and related liabilities of shipping security. The module addresses standard operational impacts and accidents that place a burden on the environment, as well as related legal frameworks that impose increasingly strict constraints. The role of autonomous or drone technology on safety and security aspects of (future) shipping is also addressed.

Maritime Safety: Requirements and Implementation: This module explains the IMO’s “Human Element” concept and briefly addresses the necessary supporting pillars. With a dedicated focus on safety, the module addresses key aspects of ship design and safety principles as related to the SOLAS requirements, particularly the concepts of seaworthiness, active & passive fire protection and life-saving appliances. Contemporary systems/tools available to ensure safety of life at sea are discussed and the conduct of navigation and maritime operations are examined including possible risk control options such as vessel traffic management and pilotage. The module provides a broad overview and appreciation of safety management systems, and best practices in relation to the ISM Code implementation are analysed in detail.

Legal and Operational Aspects of Maritime Security: This module has a dedicated focus on security and thoroughly discusses the ISPS Code with special emphasis on implementation issues. This module initially identifies and discusses all contemporary maritime threats and provides an analysis of the framework of managing security risks at sea including the newly emerged cyber security threat. It then thoroughly examines the implementation of maritime security in different contexts by comparing traditional law-enforcement approaches under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) with other multilateral, regional, bilateral or unilateral implementation strategies permitted under international law. Finally, a detailed discussion of the ISPS Code paves the way towards optimised security operations.

Leadership & Best Practices in Port Management: This module provides the fundamentals in port management and the port regulatory environment will be explained in detail. Operations and financial and marketing management will be analysed from a port perspective and the framework for introducing change to complex organizations will be discussed. Furthermore, the key concepts of port security, through studies of its regulation and instruments, will be examined and followed by a discussion of the current application of the said regulations and instruments, leading to both theoretical as well as practical knowledge in how to manage port security threats.


Interested participants may submit their application through the diploma website

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