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Master of Arts in Ocean Governance
Master of Arts in Ocean Governance

Master of Arts in Ocean Governance

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  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

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English requirements:

  • IELTS:  a minimum of 6.0 in each element

  •  TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (iBT): a writing score of at least 24

  • † TOEFL Internet-Based

  • ††Academic IELTS

  • ††† Cambridge Certificates: a pass at a Grade C or better is required

Course Information

Ocean Governance is a topic of increasing significance and concern in the 21st century. The 1982 UN Law of the Sea Convention and other International law instruments are useful tools that safeguard the rule of International Maritime law. Notwithstanding their valuable contribution emerging international concerns essentially based on the escalating crisis of unsustainability, instigate an urgent need to explore new transdisciplinary approaches on ocean governance. Evidently, a more comprehensive, legal framework is required to improve the manner in which States and their nationals maintain the rule of law in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction and in regulating anthropogenic activities affecting the ocean and its resources. Emerging issues and threats, such as global maritime security, the sustainable use of the oceans and their resources, as well as linkages between natural sciences, the opportunities arising from the blue economy, socio-economic requirements and the law, necessitate a multidisciplinary approach for promoting learning and research on ocean governance.

This degree programme on Ocean Governance being offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute is unique in its approach – it aims to forge a knowledge base that is essentially legal but which also delves into the natural and social sciences to determine how an effective regulatory framework should operate. The Master in Ocean Governance serves to further enhance the development of learning and research in the field of marine resource management and maritime security from a multidisciplinary perspective. In this era of globalization and sectoral integration, capacity building in the regulation of ocean governance plays a pivotal role in ensuring safe and healthy oceans for the benefit of humankind and the planet.

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Year (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

  • BIO5003, The Marine Environment: Biological Patterns, Processes and Resources, 5 ECTS,

  • INL5011, Contemporary Threats to Maritime Security, 5 ECTS,

  • INL5013, The Human Element of Maritime Crime: Migrant Smuggling, Human Trafficking and Stowaways, 5 ECTS,

Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

  • ERL5003, The Contemporary Definition of Ocean Governance, 5 ECTS,

  • IES5130, Earth Observation of Marine/Coastal Processes and Trends, 5 ECTS,

  • IES5131, Fundamentals of Sustainability, 5 ECTS,

  • INL5014, International Law of the Sea, 5 ECTS,

  • SCI5034, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, 5 ECTS,

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

  • ECN5015, Economics and the Marine Environment, 5 ECTS,

  • ERL5004, Regulation and Governance for the Conservation of Living Marine Resources, 5 ECTS,

  • ERL5005, Regulating Sustainable Use of the Oceans, 5 ECTS,

  • ERL5006, Ocean Policy Making: Application of Policy Measures to Specific Ocean Issues, 5 ECTS,

Summer Semester
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this unit)

  • ERL5007, Dissertation, 30 ECTS,

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

This programme would provide the added value of an academic degree promoting a knowledge base for policy makers and practitioners in the maritime field.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Health insurance - EUR €200 per year

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