Maritime management, MSc

120 credits (2 years)

Become a competent leader, both onboard ships and in onshore organisations in a master's programme that will prepare you to guide your industry into a new era.

Maritime management​ master's programme at Chalmers

There is a growing need for competent and educated leaders, both onboard ships and in onshore organisations. With the master’s programme in Maritime management both students without industry experience as well as officers and shore-based personnel will get the opportunity to further train themselves to get an important role as future leaders. Leaders who can guide the shipping industry into a new era faced with demands for effective logistics solution and strict quality demands. T

he students also get the possibility to participate in research education and research projects.
The master's programme gives the students a theoretical and practical knowledge in Project Management, Quality, Risk and Safety Management with a well proven Chalmers standard at Master level.  The programme also gives Master’s level standard’s skills within the areas Leadership and Communication, Marine Environmental Protection and Energy Management. Finally the programme also puts emphasis on business acumen with courses as Business Development and Business Strategy Management.

The ideal candidate for the programme is a maritime professional preferably with some years’ experience within the shipping industry after received a BSc degree in major nautical, marine engineering, shipping and logistics or equivalent education and with a genuine passion for quality and sustainability.

The master's programme in Maritime management offers an opportunity for officers and shore-based personnel in the shipping cluster to enhance their knowledge in maritime management and acquire a degree of Master of Science at Chalmers University of Technology and take part of shaping the future shipping industry as leaders and researchers.

Topics covered

The subjects of project management, leadership and shipping industry are fundamental areas in the Maritime management master’s programme. The courses included in the programme plan handle topics such as onshore organizations, quality management, maritime law and project management.

Master's programme structure 

The master's programme runs for a duration of two years, leading to a Master of Science (MSc) degree. During each year, students can earn 60 credits (ECTS) and complete the programme by accumulating a total of 120 credits. Credits are earned by completing courses where each course is usually 7.5 credits. The programme consists of Compulsory courses, Compulsory elective courses and Elective courses. 

Compulsory courses year 1

During the first year the programme starts with six compulsory courses that form a common foundation in Maritime management. Each course is usually 7.5 credits. 
  • Project management
  • Management accounting
  • Research methods
  • Organization and leadership
  • Quality management
  • Risk management and security

Compulsory courses year 2
In the second year you must complete a master's thesis in order to graduate. The thesis may be worth 30 credits or 60 credits depending on your choice. 
  • Towards sustainable shipping
  • ​Master’s thesis ​

Elective courses
You will also be able to select courses outside of your programme plan. These are called elective courses. You can choose from a wide range of elective courses, including the following: ​
  • Maritime risk and insurance
  • Maritime environmental law
  • Maritime insurance and transport law
  • Engine room ergonomics
  • Marine propulsion systems
  • Shipping ontracts and finance
  • Shipbroker
  • Strategy creation and change
  • Business development
  • Internal combustion engine
  • Technical change and the environment
  • Industrial energy systems



Graduates from the program can apply for higher management positions at companies in the shipping industry within the fields of ship management and strategic management with the natural possibility for promotion. Graduates also have sufficient knowledge and the formal qualification to apply for research studies in these areas.

Research within Maritime management

Chalmers has a strong position in Maritime research and education, with research both within the department of Shipping and Marine Technology and Chalmers Lighthouse funding from the shipping industry.

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