Entrance Requirement: 14-month Standard Programme
WMU admits students who are already established in careers in the maritime field. The Admissions Board will consider only those applicants who meet the following general entrance requirements:
- 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 recognized standard test (See the full English language requirements on the next page)
- computer competence (at least the ability to use Microsoft Office)
Solid computer skills are essential since 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 Programme
In addition to meeting the requirements outlined above, applicants for advanced standing must demonstrate 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 the student intends to follow
- senior level, directly relevant professional experience
- proficiency in English without attending the English and Study Skills Programme, and with an appropriate score in the writing skills section of the test. The tests and marks required are specified under “English language requirements”
- excellent IT skills
Applicants to the accelerated programme must supply detailed transcripts from their undergraduate and postgraduate study. In lieu of transcripts detailed syllabi, the marks gained, and a full academic reference must be supplied.
Applicants from South Africa can seek funding for their studies from TETA, the Transport Education and Training Authority.