Course Content

What you study

Semester 1 1. Academic Research Methods (PDF) 6 cps
2. International Maritime Law (PDF) 6 cps
Semester 2 3. Enterprise Information Management (PDF) 6 cps
4. Maritime Business (PDF) 6 cps
5. Green Shipping (PDF) 6 cps
Semester 3 6. Cost & Yield Management (PDF) 6 cps

7a & b. Maritime Management Applications

Choose two of the following:

    Green Ship Design and Technology (PDF)

    Human Factors in Shipping (PDF)

    International Marine Insurance (PDF)

    Maritime Logistics (PDF)

2x 6 cps
Semester 4 8. Case Studies (PDF) 12 cps
Semester 5 9. Master Thesis (PDF) 30 cps
Total   90 cps
  Module Handbook  

Student Voices

“I really enjoyed studying IMM, particularly due to its flexibility and the focus on the practical, professional aspects of management in the marine industry. The course allowed me to gain a broader and more business oriented perspective on the sector and its stakeholders, and it surely was also a key factor in my assignment as Director of the Swiss Maritime Navigation Office (SMNO)."

Roger, Swiss Maritime Navigation Office

"I highly appreciated the flexibility of the study program, which gave me the opportunity to study from all over the world. The curriculum comprises a wide range of knowledge for anyone working in the management of a maritime company and is an excellent complement to any practical maritime education. The course material provided was very helpful and the support of the tutors was extraordinary."

Anna - Lawyer for Maritime Law and Insurance Law

“I really enjoyed the IMM course. I completed studies relevant to my career at my own pace. This was very important as a ship master of a Ro-Pax ferry on a busy short sea route arriving and leaving port eight times daily. The M.Sc. was a significant factor in my early promotion to Senior Master. Highly recommended to any who wish to further their career prospects in a short period.”

Paul, Captain of a Ro-Pax ferry, Ireland

“IMM is an excellent opportunity to compile my experiences as a seaman with the will to transform ideas into research. The flexibility of being able to study, research and work, has been one of the strengths of this Master Course. The university has given the tools for seafarers to develop their creativity. The Jade Elsfleth team had an excellent initiative. It's a pleasure to be part of Jade’s team.”

Arthur, 2nd Mate, Dynamic Positioning Operator, Brazil

“I am studying IMM in order to gain qualifications next to my job and being a mom. This study course enables me to reconcile job, family and education and helps me to foster my professional network by various group works. My personal goal is to find a new job with new challenges by this master’s degree.”

Claudia, Youth Information Officer, German Navy

“I was attracted by the different IMM modules, because they perfectly fit my needs. Studying in parallel to my job, family, and other activities was hard work sometimes, but it was worth the effort! Just before finishing the last test, I received a new job offer due to the study course!”

Britta, Assistant to Managing Director, Germany

“What I love about the IMM programme is its flexibility. I can decide myself when I want to study and easily combine my work routine and personal life with it. Besides, I can study from wherever I am. If I want to interact with fellow students or professors, all I need is an Internet connection.”

Fillip, Logistics Service Coordinator, Brazil

Our Qualification Targets

Upon completion of the co-operative work and study programme of International Maritime Management M.Sc., you will possess 

  1. ample and up-to-date knowledge about the maritime economy and international maritime law. The knowledge acquired during your under-graduate studies will be enhanced and extended,
  2. competencies which allow you to manage maritime projects. These competencies will be a major focus of the Case Studies learning units whereby you will autonomously develop problem-solution skills under consideration of societal, economic and ethical aspects,
  3. skills to interpret, assess and present results, key indicators and models. In presentations, you will demonstrate your ability to draw conclusions from current research and applied solutions and to communicate your conclusions and the pertinent information basis to an expert and lay audience,
  4. the capability to reflect on experience acquired in your professional environment in a thoroughly academic manner. Upon completion of your studies, you will be able to relate academic findings with issues that arise from your own professional area in an inter-disciplinary manner,
  5. skills to organise your own life-long learning process. Upon completion of your studies, you will be able to acquire knowledge and skills autonomously and to apply these to your own professional environment, and
  6. a comprehension of the demands and possibilities of inter-cultural relations and international co-operation. You will study in heterogeneous teams and demonstrate your ability to assume responsibility in an inter-cultural work environment.

The general qualification targets are integrated collectively into the degree course's curriculum. The following table shows which qualifications are primarily targeted by the different learning units. The capability to organise a life-long learning process (qualification target 5) is supported by the didactic concept embedded into all learning units of the co-operative degree course.

At a learning unit level, more specific targets are implemented in a competency-oriented manner. These more specific qualification targets are listed in the description of each learning unit.

Learning Unit Qualification Targets
Academic Research Methods 3, 4
International Maritime Law 1, 6
Enterprise Information Management 2, 3, 4
Maritime Business 1, 4
Green Shipping 1, 4
Cost & Yield Management 2, 3
Maritime Management Applications 2
Case Studies 2, 3, 4
Master Thesis 3, 4