City's marine engineering course gets thumbs up
City University London's MSc in Maritime Operations and Management (MOaM) has come in for commendation from its most recent graduates.
The course, offered in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, was conceived 12 years ago by a core group comprising Captain Simon Culshaw of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Professor Dinos Arcoumanis and Emeritus Professor David Thorley. The MOaM attracts between 35 and 40 students per annum from the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle and Far East.
Professor of Marine Engineering, Professor John Carlton, is the course director of postgraduate maritime studies.
Steven Gosling, training manager of the Nautical Institute, graduated from the course this year with a distinction. In March, he was awarded the 2014 Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM) prize for the best student project at a ceremony aboard the HQS Wellington.
Gosling was attracted to the MOaM because "it is the only taught postgraduate programme available at a London university enabling serving seafarers to study while maintaining a full-time role at sea".
The MOaM comprises core and elective modules. The core modules have now been extended to include Environmental Studies while the range of elective modules has been increased to permit a wider choice of options to meet the future career aspirations of the students.
There is also a schedule of guest lectures and outside visits.
The programme is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) for the Chartered Marine Technologist (CMarTech) designation; the Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers; and most recently, the Royal Institute of Naval Architects.
City's MOaM programme also coincides with partnership and funding from the EU CoMEM collaborative initiative with leading European university partners (University of Southampton; Delft University of Technology, Netherlands; The Technical University of Catalonia-Barcelona Tech, Spain; and The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway) to offer the two-year MSc in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management.
Olympia Delimita, another recent MOaM graduate, is also appreciative of her time at City, despite initial challenges:
"Prior to embarking on the degree, I was unfamiliar with the subjects encompassed by shipping. It was difficult in the beginning and I had to study much more intensively than my colleagues who were more knowledgeable than me. I liked the way Professor John Carlton delivered his modules. He always made them seem very interesting."
During her course, Delimita interned at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) which led to an opportunity to publish her dissertation on the development of the Panama Canal in allaboutshipping.co.uk.
City's MOaM alumni and present students have distinguished themselves in many areas of the maritime industry across the globe. The MV Lochinvar, the world's second hybrid ferry, was designed by alumnus Andrew Duncan and current part-time student, James Anderson. One of this vessel's innovative features is its power plant, which runs on diesel battery (LIB) green shore power. The hybrid design was chosen to minimise carbon dioxide emissions.
Tor Hugo Notoy (2012/13) is the winner of the City MSc Dissertation Prize for his work on the advantages of diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion in the challenging but crucial offshore supply vessel sector.