MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations

Join MSC in Sustainable Maritime Operations, and steer the helm of change.


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School of Maritime Science

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Study Options:
Part Time

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Start Date:
Jan 2025

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Course Length:
2 Years

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All Students: £5,625* per annum

*(Annual fees will remain the same price for the duration of your studies) 

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Applications are now open.

About this programme

By offering a comprehensive curriculum that blends theoretical insights with practical application, the MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations programme provides you with the expertise necessary to navigate the complexities of sustainable maritime operations in the 21st century and contribute positively to the industry’s future.
The programme is designed to empower managers within the shore-based industry and offer a pathway for seafaring officers to transition into shore-based management roles; it combines academic rigour with industry relevance for future leaders in sustainable shipping operations.
The programme curriculum provides a deep understanding of global supply chains, emphasising the critical role of shipping in enhancing resilience and efficiency within these complex networks, and equips students with innovative strategies and practices to minimise the environmental impact of shipping operations. You will also learn how to implement sustainable solutions that contribute to environmental stewardship through exploration of alternative fuels, energy-efficient technologies, and waste reduction measures.
The importance of leveraging technology for better decision-making and operational efficiency will also be covered. You will also learn how to effectively harness the advancements in digitalisation and data analytics that are shaping the shipping industry’s future.
Programme SpecificationSchool of Maritime Science

Key Features

Specialised Opportunities and Career Advancement:

The programme aims to develop a deep understanding of global supply chains, regulatory frameworks, sustainable strategies, and technological advancements in the maritime industry. Graduates are given the opportunity to emerge as influential leaders, equipped to address environmental challenges and operational inefficiencies in areas such as port operations, ship management, sustainable shipping analytics, freight forwarding, ecological protection, maritime risk, and safety management. Additionally, the research component allows students to explore specific interests and career paths within the maritime sector.

Immediate and Upcoming Industry Relevance:

With a focus on academic rigor and industry relevance, the programme prepares students for leadership roles in various sectors, including shipping companies, logistics firms, regulatory agencies, and environmental organizations. It equips managers in shore-based industries with qualifications to advance their careers and offers seafaring officers the opportunity to transition to managerial positions in shore-based maritime operations.


This programme consists of 180 credits at Level 7. The programme comprises six taught modules:
  • three compulsory core modules and three elective modules to suit student needs and career aspirations.
  • For the final award, students must complete a research project on a chosen subject, providing evidence of managing an investigation and demonstrating independent thinking and professional expertise.
Year 1 
Module Title         Credits    Semester        Compulsory / Elective   
Maritime Operations and Safety
20 1 C
Maritime Law and Insurance 20 1 C
Sustainable Shipping 20 1 C
Maritime Spatial Planning and
the Blue Economy
20 2 E
Innovation and Technology in
Multimodal Supply Chains
20 2 E
Sustainable Finance and
Maritime Operations
20 2 E
Port and Terminal Operations 20 2 E
Maritime Informatics 20 2 E
Year 2
Module Title         Credits    Semester        Compulsory / Elective   
Research Methodology and
Project Proposal
15 1 C
Research Project 45 2 C

Programme mode of delivery for a typical student studying the MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations
part-time over two-years.

Successful completion of this programme will equip students with the knowledge base and skills to be
effective leaders in sustainable maritime operations, with specialisation of their choice. It is expected that the main areas for employment will be:
• Port operations
• Ship management business
• Sustainable shipping analytics
• Freight forwarding and associated maritime logistics
• Environmental protection of waterways and the coast
• Maritime risk and safety management
Although many possible career paths are not addressed directly in the programme, the research element of the programme may follow a student’s specific interest that might be focused on a particular career.
View Full programme Specification (Subject to change)
Mode of delivery 
Year / Semester Modules Delivery Mode
Year 1 Semester 1 Core Modules Face to Face (on campus)
Year 1 Semester 2 Elective Modules Blended online learning
Year 2 Semester 1 & 2 Research Methodology and
Research project
Blended online learning

Expert Teaching

The School of Maritime Science teaching team brings together a multi-disciplinary group of internationally-recognised specialists in their respective fields. We aim to provide world-class teaching by utilising our teaching teams extensive, real-world experience in the Maritime Industry. Our faculty consist of actively engaged professionals with hands-on involvement in industry developments, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date insights and the practical skills needed to excel in the maritime domain.
Drawing upon their extensive industry backgrounds, our lecturers infuse their lessons with practical insights, case studies, and examples, enriching the learning experience with tangible relevance. Whether it’s navigating regulatory frameworks, optimizing vessel design for efficiency and safety, or understanding the intricacies of global maritime trade, our teaching team aims to equip you with the tools and perspectives essential for success in the dynamic maritime landscape. Our approach of integrating theory with real-world application, supports greater understanding of fundamental concepts and navigation of the challenges and opportunities of the maritime industry with confidence and proficiency.

“This programme equips students with the knowledge and skills to champion sustainable maritime practices; this will be necessary for the next generation of maritime leaders who will steer the industry toward a cleaner, more efficient, and sustainable horizon.”

Captain Sukhjit SinghHead of School (Maritime Science), Master Mariner, MS, PG Dip, AFNI
Meet the Team

QAA Global Accreditation

The University is delighted to have achieved global accreditation from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the UK’s independent quality body and a global leader in quality assurance for higher education. All our degrees are globally recognised.
“In achieving QAA’s global accreditation, the University has displayed its compatibility with international best practice.”
Vicki Scott, UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Chief Executive.

Entry Requirements

Typically, all applicants will be:

  • A person holding a second-class honours degree (or higher) in a relevant subject from a
    recognised institution, OR
  • An Officer in the Merchant Navy who holds a STCW Management Level COC, OR
  • An Officer in the Merchant Navy who holds a STCW Operational Level COC with 5 years of
    experience at this level OR
  • A person with an Undergraduate degree in an unrelated field and a minimum of five (5) years middle management experience
    in a maritime-related company.


  • Have essential ICT skills, such as word-processing, email and use of internet.

English language requirements:

If English is not the student’s first language, they must have one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component.
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17.
Find out More

Offers are based on a combination of qualifications or predicted grades, the applicant’s personal statement and references. For guidelines on personal statements and references please click here.


Programme Fee Year
Home £11,250 Year 1&2 (total fee)
International and EU £14,950 Year 1&2 (total fee) (For 2024, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)

Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2024/25 and are subject to indexation. Students will be required to pay the full fee amount within their first year of the programme. 


The University of Gibraltar hosts or directly offers a limited number of scholarship programmes to support your studies. These scholarships are highly competitive; they are available to support undergraduate, Master’s degree and PhD programmes and are made available to students based on certain criteria.

Am I eligible?

For applicants who have been resident in Gibraltar for more than five years you may be eligible for funding from the Department of Education. Once you receive your offer letter from the University of Gibraltar, you can apply to the Department of Education.


Contact us

You can also call us and speak to one of our team on +350 200 71000.

Student Accommodation

Accommodation for University of Gibraltar students is available at the purpose built Europa Suites, located just a two-minute walk from our Europa Point Campus.
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