The World Maritime University (WMU) and DNV GL’s Maritime Academy have joined forces to offer an innovative Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) at the executive managerial level. Designed to provide a boot camp for managers, the programme addresses current topics of critical importance in the maritime industry with a blended-learning approach to operational, commercial and technical issues.


Managers in today’s extremely competitive maritime industry need the skills to effectively anticipate and manage developments in the fast-paced maritime industry. The ability to address developments proactively requires up-to-date skills and comprehensive knowledge to retain a competitive edge.

WMU and DNV GL’s Maritime Academy have condensed the major areas of interest coming from the administration, technical, operational and commercial sides of the maritime industry into a unique Postgraduate Diploma aimed at providing a holistic executive education for maritime managers with a:

  • five-year minimum of work experience either in the administration, regulatory, technical, commercial and scientific sides of maritime operations; and 
  • bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or a Master Mariner/Chief Engineer qualification.

The PgDip will be assessed and awarded by WMU and is jointly developed with DNV GL’s Maritime Academy, who will administer the enrolment and manage the delivery of the PgDip.


The Diploma offers flexibility to complete the programme with a classroom-based option a distance learning option or a blend of the two. Classroom-based learning will take place in selected DNV GL Maritime Academies worldwide. Distance learning will be via the latest e-education systems and can be completed from any location worldwide.


Designed by a faculty of leading academics and practitioners, the five modules in the programme will address the most current topics of critical importance to maritime managers: 

1) Setting the Scene: 
Contemporary Global Maritime Regulatory and Management Issues in the Shipping Sector

2) Mastering Complexity:
Effective Management of Safety, Security and Risk

3) Managing Resources:
Human Resource Management, Organisational Processes and Leadership in a Maritime Context

4) Remaining Competitive in a Changing Market: 
Strategic Financial Tools

5) Staying Ahead of the Curve: 
Maritime Environmental Technology, Sustainability and Challenges

The modules are delivered over an eleven-month period, with each module evaluated by e-assessments. All five modules must be completed successfully to receive the Postgraduate Diploma. Successful completion of the programme will award 40 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Graduates may choose to attend WMU’s annual graduation ceremony in Malmö, Sweden, to receive their Diploma.


Interested participants may submit their application through the diploma website

More information
For more information please contact:
World Maritime University: +46 (0)40 356 300 or
DNV-GL: +49 40 36149 7586 or