Students who cannot secure funding in their home countries can be considered for one of the fellowships that are made available each year by a number of international donors. The majority of these fellowships cover the full costs of studying at the University (except the journey to Malmö), but others may cover only the tuition fee.

World Maritime University is an independent academic maritime institution under the auspices of the United Nations. As such our students cannot claim study support from the Swedish government or any other EU state.
Since its founding in 1983, the World Maritime University has been a leader in education and research for the international maritime community, including governmental, public and commercial sectors.

As one of the most developed municipalities and major hubs of China, Dalian offers countless opportunities and attractions to guests from around the world. Every year, a great number of domestic and international tourists draw their attention either to the Tiger Beach for its pole aquarium or to the peaceful Binhai Road for an inspiring view of the Yellow Sea.

Shanghai is the economic and financial capital of China and an international metropolis with about 200,000 foreign residents. With the world’s largest seaport, the city of Shanghai is also a global maritime center. Virtually all global shipping companies and institutions have branches or offices in Shanghai.

Situated in the southern-most province of Skåne, Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city. The center of the city, with its pedestrian streets, offers significant shopping facilities, theatres, bars, cafés and restaurants, as well as an outstanding symphony orchestra, art galleries and museums.

All candidates must complete the application form and the detailed research proposal outlining the objectives and methodology of their research; both these forms are available below. In addition, they should arrange two letters of academic reference from people familiar with their suitability for doctoral research.

The full University fee is USD 50,000, and is charged by the credits obtained. It includes supervision, library and laboratory access, IT support and medical, life and accident insurance.

In addition, a student needs around SEK 12,000 per month for rent and general living costs in Malmö, plus air tickets.

WMU’s PhD programme offers students the opportunity to carry out research across the maritime field, but with an emphasis on issues related to the International Maritime Organization’s mission of maritime safety, security and environmental protection.

The tuition fee for the next intake to the programme is expected to be RMB 85,000 (US$ 13,500 as at April 2016); the fees for the programme are affected by currency fluctuations and may rise each year. In addition, a student needs a minimum of around RMB 50,000 to cover living costs in Dalian for the whole study period (accommodation, food, books and study material and so on).