MSc Malmö - Entrance Requirements: 14-month standard programme

The University admits only mature students who are already established in a career in the maritime field. The Admissions Board will consider only those applicants who meet the minimum general entrance requirements, which are:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, or an equivalent university qualification
  • the highest grade certificate of competency for unrestricted service as master mariner or chief engineer, or equivalent maritime qualifications
  • substantial, directly relevant professional experience
  • competence in English language, demonstrated by an internationally recognised standard test (see the full English language requirements below)
  • computer competence (at least the ability to use Microsoft Office)

Good IT skills are essential, as students are required to use computers from the beginning of the first term to write their examination answers, complete assignments and carry out research and other projects. Applicants who lack computer and keyboard skills cannot be accepted.

From the group of applicants who meet these general entrance requirements, the Admissions Board will select only the best-qualified candidates, taking into account all their qualifications and achievements.

Additional Entrance Requirements: accelerated 10-month programme

In addition to meeting the requirements for the standard, 14-month programme, applicants for advanced standing must demonstrate that they have already covered the content of the first term of the standard programme. The additional qualifications required are:

  • a postgraduate qualification in an area directly relevant to the specialization which the student intends to follow
  • senior level, directly relevant professional experience 
  • proficiency in English without attending the English and Study Skills Programme, and with a good score in the writing skills section of the test (see the full English language requirements below)
  • excellent IT skills

Applicants to the accelerated programme must supply detailed transcripts from their undergraduate and postgraduate study. If transcripts are not issued, then the detailed syllabus, the marks gained, and a full academic reference must be supplied.

Typical 14-month programme structure

Term 1
Foundation Studies          20 EC
Research Methodology    4 non-degree EC

Term 2
Specialization Studies      40 EC
Field Studies                    4 non-degree EC

Term 3
Dissertation                       20 EC
Seminar                             2 non-degree EC

Total                                  90 EC
                                         80 grade-bearing EC
                                         10 non-degree, non-grade-bearing EC

English Language Requirements

All applicants to the University must offer an internationally recognised English language proficiency test. Acceptable tests include IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge examinations, and GCE/SCE O-levels in English language. Other tests may be accepted by the Admissions Board; applicants should check with the Registry in such cases.

Candidates are assessed in accordance with the following general guidelines:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
ESSP participation required if the scores are:

    IBT:         61 to 79
    PBT:       500 to 549    
no ESSP required if the scores are:
    IBT:         80+
    PBT:       550+
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.

Cambridge Examinations        
   First Certificate (FCE)    ESSP participation required
   Proficiency (CPE)          no ESSP required 

Students who have a pass in a GCE O-level or the equivalent (WAEC, SSC, CXC etc.) must enclose a copy of their examination results certificate.

Sometimes applicants’ test results meet the University’s general guidelines, but show weaknesses in a certain skills area. In such cases, the Admissions Board will vary the guidelines shown above.

Information on the accepted tests can be found at the following websites: