Maritime Economics and Port Management (B.Sc.)

"An increasingly globalised world economy has led to large growth rates in international trade and transportation and to structural changes in transport operations creating a growing demand for well trained staff with a highly qualified expertise on a higher management level.
The academic degree course “Maritime Economics and Port Management” (SHW) leads to academically qualified personnel with expertise in the areas of maritime transport business, business administration, cost accounting, controlling, marketing as well as information technology and also possessing individual abilities like social competence, learning ability, faculty of judgement and independence.
The 7 semester course is characterized by a practical training semester (internship) as well as another traineeship at the beginning auf the final semester which leads to a practically oriented bachelor thesis.
The study course is intended to attract students who are particularly interested in economics and maritime business as well as foreign languages and to prepare them for demanding international jobs that require a high level of competence in problem-solving. In summary, the objective is to train and educate interdisciplinary experts with leadership skills for the interface between technology and economics in this complex sector of the economy"

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International Transport Management (B.Sc.)

"An increasingly globalised world economy has led to rising challenges in the international transport chains. Today's Supply Chain Management increasingly aims at combining the different modes of transport (land, sea and air traffic) in order to provide an efficient flow of international cargo.
For this field of activities, the academic degree course “International Transport Management (ITM)” offers qualified training as it is characterized by an integrated theoretical semester as well as a practical semester abroad.
The 7 semester course comprises profound classic business economics, transport management, logistics, controlling and two foreign languages. Furthermore key qualifications like the achievement of social and inter-cultural competence is an essential part of the course.
During the compulsory theoretical semester at one of the partner universities abroad the students may specialise on specific subjects. Additional experience in international business is gathered during a mandatory practical semester abroad. The final semester starts with another traineeship which leads to a practically oriented bachelor thesis and a smooth transition into business practice.
International Transport Management students should be interested in economics and logistics as well as in an international work environment."

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Nautical Science (B.Sc.)

"Apart from a specialized tertiary education in the maritime sector, the objective of the Nautical Science course is to qualify students for a certificate of competency in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW ’95). This convention requires a minimum of 52 weeks of approved seagoing experience, which is achieved by two practical semesters on board a vessel. Graduates of this course will be in charge of ships presenting complex technical systems. The two main areas of responsibility are navigation (including manoeuvring and operating the ships’ propulsion systems) as well as planning, organising and controlling cargo handling. In order to enable graduates to cope with a wide spectrum of management tasks on board ship, the course not only delivers general scientific competence, but also contains elements of business, logistics and legal studies. Together with their academic qualification, graduates obtain a certificate of competency, which enables them to sail as officers of the watch (OOW) on sea going ships. After two or three years of seagoing experience (depending on the actual position on board), the German maritime administration will issue a certificate of competency enabling the holder to command merchant vessels of all sizes. In summary, this means that the course does not only provide students with the proficiency required for the OOW’s position but also with all the knowledge required to sail as a captain."

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Maritime Management (M.Sc.)

"Many sectors of the maritime industry and related administrative bodies require employees offering expert knowledge based on a sound education and being capable of independently implementing academic expertise into a practical work environment. Maritime management organisations (e.g. the newly established authorities for general average cases and the German Federal Authorities for investigating maritime incidents) are increasingly looking for nautical experts with a profound knowledge of economic and judicial issues for an employment in the Senior Civil Service. Port and shipping companies as well as maritime service providers also define requirements for their junior staff beyond the bachelor's degree since the applicants are not only expected to offer key qualifications but also additional management skills.
After successfully completing their studies, the master graduates will be able to carry out advanced managerial and organisational tasks in maritime companies or authorities (Senior Civil Service), work as independent consultants or continue their academic career, e.g. in the framework of doctorate studies.

Target competences of all master graduates include the capability:

  • To tackle complex issues by carrying out targetoriented planning, implementation and monitoring actions.
  • To integrate maritime aspects into the related economic, judicial and social international environment.
  • To work effectively and creatively either as an individual, or as a member or head of a project group while being interested in continuing a life-long
  • learning process.
    Depending on the selected profile of their studies, the graduates will endeavour to:
  • Address complex challenges arising in the various fields of the maritime economy and business as well as those related to maritime law, and to tackle and solve these issues on the basis of an appropriate scientific methodology.
  • Identify multi-layer, interdisciplinary maritime and technical problems, analyse them and find adequate solutions.

The general profile of the course is practice based."

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International Maritime Management (M.Sc. distance study)

"The design of our degree programme meets the specific demands of your workplace.
Limited Internet access: As your access to the Internet is not always given on a seagoing vessel we offer the teaching material offline.
Times of absence and holidays: As your phases of work and leisure times on a seagoing vessel are irregular we organise on-campus attendance phases very flexible. Meet us three times altogether in Elsfleth.
Different time zones: As you are located around the globe you are living in different time zones. We exchange information via asynchronous means of communication.
No disruption of employment: Our maritime programme of work and study enables you to achieve the M.Sc. degree without break from your employment.
Combination of work and study: Our concept combines your studies with your work and leads to benefits on both sides.
English language: We teach and communicate completely in English. This is in line with the international character of the maritime industry and leads to multicultural groups as you find in your companies."

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