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Master of Science in Maritime Science

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Cost € 5329,60/60 credits

Faculty of Law and Criminology

(Programme jointly offered by Ghent University, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. For this study programme students enrol at Ghent University)

Objectives and Attainment Targets of the Study Programme

The study programme aims at students of diverse academic backgrounds, who have a common passion and interest for maritime transport. People who are already working in the maritime sector can also feel the urge to enhance their knowledge and skills. The programme comprises three main pillars (a technical-general pillar, an economic-logistic pillar and a legal pillar) and stays true to the multidisciplinary approach, which makes it unique in the global academic landscape.

The study programme is supported by a very competent teaching staff, composed of experts in their respective fields with international exposure and experience. The Master Maritime Science offers a scientific education that is also relevant in practice. There is a strong link with the professional maritime sector, providing students insight into actual operations and common maritime practices suitable for preparing their professional career. The degree of Master in Maritime Science opens many professional possibilities.

All courses are taught in English, as the maritime sector operates in an international environment. It is therefore essential that students are able to use the English terminology in a correct and efficient way. All courses have a European and an international dimension to align with the global nature of maritime transport.

Structural components
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Learning outcomes

  • Having thorough, in-depth and scientific knowledge and understanding of the structure, methodology and approaches of the various areas of maritime law at the international, European, national and local level (law of the sea, transport law, Belgian maritime and inland navigation law, security for maritime claims, maritime dispute settlement, transport insurance, ...).
  • Having thorough, in-depth and scientific knowledge and understanding of the structure, methodology and approaches of the various branches of transport economics (maritime and port economics, transport (business) economics, economic aspects of maritime trade, ...), including maritime economic geography.
  • Having basic knowledge and understanding of the technical aspects that influence maritime law and transport economics (ship technology, port technology and port planning).
  • Understanding and analyzing technical problems in the field of port and maritime technology and critically evaluating proposed solutions.
  • Having knowledge of current debates and problems within the field of maritime science, on a national level as well as on a cross-border level.
  • Having knowledge of the interdisciplinary practice affecting the maritime sector based on scientific research.
  • Using English texts and sources of maritime science – within one domain as well as interdisciplinary – in order to independently analyze and solve (cross-border) issues.
  • Identifying maritime law rules of an international, European, national or regional scope in order to apply them in actual cases.
  • Formulating, after research and in a correct manner, scientific solutions on cross-border economic and/or environmental issues in the field of logistics and maritime transport.
  • Using the sources of maritime sciences in a scientific manner while independently answering a scientific research question.
  • Analyzing the sources of maritime science in a scientifically valuable way.
  • Combining relevant branches of maritime science in order to apply them in an integrated manner to actual cross-border issues.
  • Formulating a creative and critical position on a maritime issue through a scientific analysis and/or logical legal reasoning.
  • Assimilating new and/or evolving maritime law rules, as well as economic, technical and spatial elements through independent study.
  • Being open to the permanent (international) innovation within maritime sciences.
  • Presenting and defending a given or a personal position regarding maritime issues, based on a scientific argumentation.
  • Scientifically analyzing and synthesizing a maritime issue, individually or in a team.
  • Respecting insights from colleagues, also from other domains, while approaching maritime issues.
  • Attending (international) activities in the field of maritime science.
  • Being aware of the social role and responsibility of the maritime scientist within society.
  • Recognizing the technical, legal and economic implications of new social and technological developments within maritime practice.
  • Integrating cultural sensitivity, respect for diversity, pluralism and tolerance into scientific work and professional functioning within the domain of maritime science.
  • Creatively integrating social engagement in scientific work and professional performance in the field of maritime science.


Admission requirements

  1. Admission Subject to an Enquiry into the Suitability of the Holder of the Diploma
    1. programme new structure
      • Een diploma van een masteropleiding aansluitend op een bacheloropleiding
    2. programme old structure
      • Een diploma van de tweede cyclus van het hogeschoolonderwijs van twee cycli
      • Een diploma van een academische opleiding van de tweede cyclus

Admission Procedure for Students holding a Non-Belgian Diploma

Information on admission requirements and the administrative procedure for admission on the basis of a diploma obtained abroad, can be found on the following page:

Language Requirements

The language requirements for this study programme can be found on:

ISCED Categories

Project management
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Logistics and shipping management
Marine and maritime law
Machinery and operators
Marine spatial planning