The World Maritime University (WMU) and DNV GL’s Maritime Academy have partnered to offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Safety & Security. Within the maritime industry the focus is always on safety, with security recently gaining increasing attention given the global context. Within the maritime sector this covers the headline issue of piracy and terrorism but also includes trafficking, illegal fishing, port security and marine environmental protection, including the dumping of toxic waste. Furthermore there is the successful implementation of the ISPS provisions and how to respond to the continuous flows of irregular migrants and/or refugees using various means of transport and related infrastructure. Capacity for dealing with contemporary safety and security issues is essential not only for the numerous government officials responsible for performing tasks related to safety and security, but also for profitability and maintaining a good reputation in general of the sector.


The 11-month programme consists of 5 different modules, each of which is a compulsory element of the course. Approximately every 8 weeks a module will be completed with a final assessment and a new module will start. The programme consists of 40 ECTS credits.


The programme consists of pre-recorded videos on an e-learning platform, collaboration tools, self-assessment exercises, discussion forums for interaction with instructors and fellow students, a final assessment of each module and access to the WMU e-library.


1) Maritime Transport & Shipping Operations
To offer a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary maritime transport system, including the role and significance of different types of ports. To provide fundamental knowledge in shipping operations. To provide an overview of modern shipping management, including commercial, technical and crew functions. To meet and exchange views with practitioners from the industry in order to provide the opportunity to discuss and evaluate the contemporary concepts and principles that govern the maritime world. To discuss specific real-world scenarios where a broad understanding of marine activities is needed to identify the solution to interdisciplinary problems.

2) Safety and Environmental Protection Issues
To examine the various environmental protection standards with emphasis on MARPOL provisions and provide an understanding for the contemporary measures namely: ship-generated waste management, oil and hazardous cargo operations, ballast water management, biosecurity, anti-fouling systems and the recycling of ships. To study current approaches to contingency planning and response to marine pollution, as well as related issues, such as places of refuge and PSSA. 

3) Maritime Safety: Requirements and Implementation
To introduce key aspects of ship design and safety principles as related to SOLAS requirements. To highlight the concepts of seaworthiness, active and passive fire protection and lifesaving appliances. To provide a broad overview and appreciation of IMO’s enforcement and implementation issues. To introduce the fundamental precepts of safety and risk assessment, safety and reliability related to enforcement and its application. To provide an overview of risks involved in maritime safety systems and operations and possible risk control options, such as vessel traffic management, pilotage, systems and tools to ensure safety of life at sea, etc.; and examine safety measures in applied practice. To examine related administrative concepts and tools, such as the ISM Code, Port State Control and Flag State implementation and performance regarding the SOLAS convention.

4) Legal and Operational Aspects of Maritime Security
To thoroughly discuss the ISPS Code, with special emphasis on implementation issues. To identify and briefly discuss all contemporary maritime threats. To analyse the concept of managing security risks at Sea.  To examine the implementation of maritime security in different contexts by comparing traditional law-enforcement approaches under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea with other multilateral, regional, bilateral or unilateral implementation strategies permitted under international law.

5) Leadership & Best Practices in Port Management
To provide fundamental knowledge in port management. To analyse the framework for introducing change to complex organizations. To examine the key concepts of port security through studies of its regulation and relevant instruments, and to discuss the current application of these regulations and instruments, leading to both theoretical and practical knowledge of how to manage port security threats.


Fees for the programme cover course materials, required textbooks, seminars, and the examination in Malmö or London, tutorial support and feedback, as well as WMU e-library access. They do not include the costs of travel and accommodation for the seminars and examination. Participants must cover the costs of any special arrangements they may request, such as the delivery of course materials by special courier or an alternative examination location. For specific information about fees, please visit the Maritime Safety and Security page


Interested participants may submit their application through the diploma website

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