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MARITIME SCIENCE

The Master of Science in Maritime Science is an inter-university programme developed by Ghent University (UGent) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). It aims at students from diverse academic backgrounds, who have a common passion for maritime transport and already hold a Master degree. People working in the maritime sector may also benefit from the programme to enhance their knowledge and skills. The programme comprises three main pillars: a technical/general pillar, an economic/logistic pillar and a legal pillar, and follows the multidisciplinary approach which makes it unique in the global academic landscape.

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Programme

The study programme consists of compulsory courses (39 SP) and optional courses (6 SP). The compulsory courses represent the core of the study programme, while the optional courses offer the student the possibility to choose which (professional) direction he/she wants to go, according to his/her personal interests and ambition, and allow for specialization in a certain aspect of the maritime world. The three pillars are represented in both categories and these academic courses are supplemented by the writing of a master thesis (15 SP). The master thesis is a written essay about a maritime or transport oriented subject, wherein the student proves that he can analyse a specific topic thoroughly and individually and write his findings down in a structured and coherent manner. An oral presentation, in which the student clarifies and defends his work, is also included. 
For detailed course information, please visit the website: www.maritimescience.ugent.be

The Master of Science in Maritime Science is an interdisciplinary programme that comprises three main pillars.

The technical-general content of the study programme comprises the essential principles of port technology (basic knowledge of the typical technical infrastructure and facilities in ports), ship technology (basic knowledge of the scientific and technical principles that govern ships) and actual port problems (insights into contemporary spatial and economic issues that determine the investment and infrastructure policy in ports).

The economic-logistic content of the study programme aims at familiarizing the student with the unique economic character of maritime transport, which is a global phenomenon with very specific dynamics. Therefore it is crucial that the students know about the economic principles that govern and affect port authorities, shipping companies and transport firms.

The legal content of the study programme aims at developing in-depth knowledge of international law of the sea, maritime law and transport law.

As a supplement to the normal academic activities and courses, an annual study trip to London is being organized. During this trip, organizations and companies that are actively involved in maritime transport, are visited (International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPCF), International Maritime Bureau (IMB), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), International Shipping Federation (ISF), Lloyd’s of London, Lloyd’s Register, Steamship Mutual, Intertanko, Intercargo, Inmarsat, …).

Next to this, several other visits are planned during the academic year (ports of Ghent, Antwerp and Zeebrugge, Belgian Navy, Volvo Cars Ghent, ArcelorMittal Ghent, boat trip to the North Sea offshore wind mills with DAB Vloot, DFDS Seaways, Galloo Ghent, Waterbouwkundig Laboratorium (Flanders Hydraulics Research), …).

AFTER GRADUATION

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

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IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER, YOU CAN APPLY FOR A PHD POSITION AT THE VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL. ALL YOU NEED IS A PROMOTER, RESEARCH SUBJECT AND SUFFICIENT FUNDING. ARE YOU UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

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Application deadline

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree. Applications can only be submitted through our website www.vub.ac.be/en/apply

• All students need to apply before June 1st

• Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline

Tuition fees

All Flemish universities in Belgium are subsidised by the government, which results in relatively low tuition fees. The general tuition fee for our master programmes is €890/year. Some master programmes have an increased tuition fee for students with a nonEU/EEA nationality. A detailed overview of the tuition fees can be found on: www.vub.ac.be/en/tuition-fees

International opportunities

All courses are taught in English, as the maritime sector operates in an international environment. The language that rules the maritime sector is in se English. It is therefore essential that students are able to use the English terminology in a correct and efficient way.

All courses have a European and an international dimension, resulting out of the global nature of maritime transport.

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