PhD Position in Maritime Affairs at the World Maritime University 2018, Sweden


May 07, 2018

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PhD Position in Maritime Affairs at the World Maritime University 

The Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA), a SETA within the transport sector under the Department of Higher Education and Training, invites employed South African nationals to apply for full scholarships for studies in  PhD in Maritime Affairs. Studies will be undertaken at the prestigious World Maritime University (WMU) in Sweden, Malmo. 

Entrance requirements

The Admissions Board will consider only those applicants who meet the minimum general entrance requirements, which are:

  • a Master’s degree, with a dissertation, in a relevant discipline, or an equivalent university qualification
  • competence in the English language, demonstrated by an internationally recognized standard test
  • computer competence

The Admissions Board will select only the best-qualified candidates, taking into account all their qualifications and achievements. In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who holds only a Bachelor’s degree may be considered for admission. In these cases, the Admissions Board will give careful consideration to the candidate’s ability, publications, research record and other evidence. The applicant may also be required to take an entrance examination

Test of English

Applicants must offer one of the following tests of English language:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    96+ in the internet-based test 590+ in the paper-based test
    WMU’s TOEFL institution code is 9198.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    band 7.0 or above
  • Cambridge Examinations
    Cambridge Proficiency Examination at grade A or B
  • GCE O-level or the equivalent
    a good pass grade


All candidates must complete the application form and the detailed research proposal outlining the objectives and methodology of their research; both these forms are available below. In addition, they should arrange two letters of academic reference from people familiar with their suitability for doctoral research.

Certified copies of transcripts and certificates (including the results of an internationally recognized test of English language) supporting the qualifications listed on the form, must be attached (The transcript must show the grade awarded for the Master's dissertation). When an academically cleared candidate has paid the registration fee, enrolment can be finalized. At this point, each candidate will receive a medical report form, which must be returned to the University, along with a formal declaration that the candidate accepts the conditions of his/her enrolment.

There are no cut-off dates for submitting your application. Applicants, who have provided the University with all the supporting documents required for an assessment to proceed, should receive their application outcome by e-mail within 12 weeks from the date of application.

Fees and costs

The full University fee is USD 50,000, and is charged by the credits obtained. It includes supervision, library and laboratory access, IT support and medical, life and accident insurance. In addition, a student needs around SEK 12,000 per month for rent and general living costs in Malmö, plus air tickets. Since WMU is a UN institution and not part of the national Swedish education system, our students cannot claim study support from the Swedish government or any other

Research Areas

Most doctoral research falls within one of the following topics, but the WMU programme also offers excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary projects, allowing doctoral candidates to pursue their own, and their organization’s, particular interests.

Maritime Administration: Law, Policy, and Security

This research area covers the legislative, regulatory, and enforcement roles of governments and administrations in the context of specific problems facing the maritime industry. These include security, law of the sea, seafarer’s rights, labour standards, marine environmental law, and other issues in the public or private domain with a direct impact on the development of maritime law and policy. Recent research projects include comparative analyses of the Rotterdam Rules and a critical evaluation of the international legal framework for piracy and other unlawful acts at sea.

Maritime Energy

Energy management and efficiency, renewable energy and technological innovation underpin the work of this group, which aims to provide solutions that help the international maritime community to achieve a sustainable and low-carbon industry. The group’s research focuses on the fundamental understanding of energy and applying this understanding across the field from ships to ports, and from offshore structures to shipyards, to ensure the cost-effective, safe and environmentally friendly use of resources.

Marine Environmental Research (MER Group)

This research area covers environmental management issues in coastal and ocean areas, particularly those related to maritime sectors such as shipping. Interdisciplinary issues involving oceanography, pollution, and ecosystem-based management also fall within this area of research. Recent projects include ballast water management issues, including invasive species; PSSAs; oil spill contingency planning; marine mammals and shipping; climate change and integrated coastal and ocean management.

Maritime Risk and System Safety (Marisa Group)

This research group specializes in developing multi-disciplinary research angles in the area of maritime risk governance and management with a special focus on maritime safety and human-related issues. Technical developments, such as the concept of e-navigation or the use of simulation to help maritime risk assessment are also considered. The group has been very active over a long period in a wide range of EU-funded projects including MarNIS, ADOPTMAN, IMPACT and team safety, as well as other projects such as ProGreenShipOperation and research on SAR for passenger ships.

Maritime Technology and Education

The research area covers both technical developments in the shipping industry and their relation to maritime educational processes, maritime human resource management and cultural, gender and linguistic issues. It includes interdisciplinary work linking technical innovation and education, such as simulation training, information/communication technology and organizational knowledge management. Recent activities include the development of IMO model courses on energy-efficient ship operation, the establishment of accreditation systems within the wider scope of quality management in maritime education, collaborative learning in maritime education, educational psychology, inter-cultural psychology, communication and human factors, women seafarers and identity management, and organizational learning in shipping companies.

Ocean Policy and Management

This research area offers opportunities to contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the interconnected global social-ecological coastal and ocean system and to support the achievement of international goals for sustainable ocean governance and responsible ocean business practice. It is designed for those concerned with the economic, social and environmental health and sustainability of coastal and ocean environments. Areas of research include, among others: understanding changing coastal and ocean ecosystems; investigating the blue economy and sustainable ocean business practices; examining regional social and economic trends and their impacts on ocean health and sustainability; analyzing the management and effectiveness of marine protected areas; contributing to integrated coastal defense strategies; supporting climate change adaptation; and advancing the international legal framework for the ocean.

Shipping and Port Management

This research area explores all areas of shipping and port management, and offers the chance of carrying out in-depth investigation within the fields of maritime economics, ship or port operations and management, and shipping and port policy, as well as in the related fields of logistics, ship finance, cargo handling, and port governance. 

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April 13, 2018
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