Master of Engineering/Master of Maritime Management, Maritime Management

Degree: Master of Engineering / Master of Maritime Management
Field of study: Technology and Seafaring
Extent: 2 years 60 credits
Location: Turku
Application period: 4-18 January 2023

This Master's degree programme is for you who are active within the maritime field and who wish to deepen your knowledge and become more attractive for different management duties within the maritime industry.

The programme has a special focus on building an overall understanding of the maritime field. The studies include management in general, maritime management and for the maritime industry distinctive financial and logistical features. The target is to achieve state of the art competence and knowledge in the area of the programme.

Study Contents

The Master's degree programme in Maritime Management comprises 60 ECTS and the degree title is Master of Engineering or Master of Maritime Management, depending on your previous Bachelor's degree.

The programme has a special focus concerning the management and business administration in maritime operations. The studies include 6 courses of relevant subjects each of an extent of 5 credits. Following subjects are covered:

  • Studying in the Master’s programme and introduction to Research and research methods
  • Management Accounting and Maritime Business
  • Financial management and maritime business
  • Human resources management
  • The Shipping Business
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Thesis, 30 ECTS

Our working methods within the program ensure that you practice your project management and leadership skills and improve your professional communication skills in English.

The studies are optimised for flexible learning and studying, parallel with fulltime employment ashore or at sea. The meetings are used for lecturing, working with assignments, problem solving and keeping presentations. The major part of the studies is conducted online, in combination with self-studies and team work. The thesis work is realized as a research and development project related to working life.

Structure of Studies

The studies are optimized for flexible learning and studying, parallel with fulltime employment ashore or at sea. The studies are arranged at site and online with the lecture materials, as well as the assignments to be completed online, in the system Moodle. We use Microsoft Teams for communication in the group, both students and teachers. For study administrative things the Peppi system is used. It is recommended but not mandatory for you during the studies to attend some sessions in person at campus. It can namely also be good to meet and network with your peers and thesis supervisor. The lectures that take place on campus will be recorded. We meet on average two days a month. The thesis work is usually realized as a research and development project related to working life.

It is mandatory to visit Finland to show the student Admission the original certificates used in the application and to strengthen one’s personal identity. Moving to Finland is not necessary for the studies. Moreover, such a thing would be something between Finnish Immigrations Service and the student. It is recommended but not mandatory for you during the studies to attend some sessions in person at campus. This can be a good opportunity to meet and network with your peers and thesis supervisor. Independently of this, it is mandatory to visit Finland to get the original version(s) of previous degree certificate(s) checked and to strengthen one’s personal identity when initiating the studies.

Language of Instruction

The studies are conducted in English.


The Master's thesis is a demanding development project or research work combining theory, praxis and creation of new knowledge. The thesis subject and aim are based on requirements and needs of the maritime field. The theme of the thesis (30 ECTS) must be related to the fields studied, preferably agreed upon with an industry representative. The thesis thus works as a bridge between study and work and gives students the opportunity to apply theoretical thinking to practical problems. Constructing a thesis subject and the potential collaboration with an organization is at the responsibility of the student.

Alternatives for the thesis are, for example:

  • an investigation or analysis
  • a development project or case
  • theoretical work
  • product development, such as a prototype, process or a model.

Career Opportunities

After completing the programme, you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates should be better suited for work within shipping companies, maritime authorities, ports, and a wide range of related organisations such as transport companies, maritime insurance companies, marine technology providers, education, and research. These fields have a constant need for employees, and the fast development within the maritime industry brings more opportunities with it.


Under the Finnish legislation, a person who has completed a Master's degree is qualified for posts or positions for which the qualification requirement is a second-cycle higher education degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes the completion of studies in certain specified fields of study. The degree falls under the Article 11 of the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications, level e.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for Maritime Management will be 9000 € per academic year for non-EU/EEA students. More information about tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students at Novia UAS.


Given that the language of tuition is English, the possibilities for working on an international scale, both during and after the studies, are good. For example, the thesis project is suitable to conduct abroad or in an international business.

Co-operation with Other Parties

Novia UAS and Aboa Mare, the unit for maritime education, co-operate with several universities both internationally and nationally. Co-operation takes place e.g. within R&D projects, student and staff exchange and continuing education. International maritime actors visit Aboa Mare on a regular basis.

Aboa Mare’s location, in the same building as many representatives of maritime authorities, ensures smooth co-operation with them.

Postgraduate Study Opportunities

With a Master’s degree, students are able to continue to university post-graduate (licentiate/doctoral) studies, however universities may at their own discretion have specific admission requirements for post-graduate studies that must be met in addition to a completed Master’s degree.

Eligibility to Apply

Eligibility to apply to a UAS Master’s degree programme is conferred by an appropriate UAS Bachelor’s degree or another appropriate higher education degree, and at least two years (24 months) of subsequent work experience in a relevant field. Appropriate degrees for this programme can be a Bachelor in for example seafaring, marine engineering, or business administration.

Read more about applying to Novia UAS.