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  1. Postgraduate
  2. 2021
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MSc Maritime Safety and Security Management

Entry Year:
A course for maritime professionals, offering in-depth and up to date expertise in maritime safety and security management. Designed and taught by maritime professionals from industry and academia.

Key information

Start date

October 2021

Academic year dates


Full time: 12 months
Part-time: Up to 26 months


Full-time: £13,260

Part-time: £6,630 per year


Full-time: £19,380

Part-time: £9,690 per year


Full-time: £19,380

Part-time: £9,690 per year


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Who is it for?

This programme is designed for those who wish to specialise in Safety and Security Management applied to the maritime industry. It is for ambitious professionals who want a successful fast-track career with a specialist safety and security remit in the maritime industry, with governmental and international bodies, in research and international consultancy. The programme is designed for those in occupations such as the merchant navy, navies and the full range of maritime activities as well as graduates and postgraduates with relevant backgrounds and experience.


This is a multidisciplinary programme that is designed to develop safety experts who are technically literate and can demonstrate an understanding of risk and uncertainty analysis of maritime safety issues; design effective operational practices and contributes new insights from applied research in the sector.

The MSc in Safety and Security Management aims to:

  • Provide a programme of study of the highest industry facing academic quality on the science, engineering, economics, operations and international regulations which underpin safety and security aspects of maritime activities.
  • Develop transferable skills relating to risk analysis, problem solving, simulation and research that is relevant to maritime safety and security management.
  • Build a supportive and challenging learning environment to develop a professional network of experts on maritime safety and security topics, including emerging challenges like climate changes, digitization, systems integration, automation and network-based systems.
  • Develop students to a position on graduation that allows them to choose confidently from careers in maritime safety and security management and contribute rapidly to their chosen specialism in employment, research, R&D, as consultants, or business owners.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

For those already working in the industry, we require a first degree, recognised professional qualification or the equivalent Certificate of Competence as Master or Chief Engineer: Class 1 Master Mariner or Class 1 Engineer and experience in one of these roles.

For those coming straight from an undergraduate course, we require a lower second-class honours degree (or higher) in a relevant subject from a recognised institution.

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to follow a Graduate Diploma pathway to the programme through one of our partners.

INTO City, University of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Informatics - Science and Engineering.

Kaplan International College London

City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre-Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City.

English requirements

If you are an applicant whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (overall average)
  • TOEFL 92

For information about the various English Language tests City accepts please see the English language requirements. Please note though that the scores listed there are equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Thank you for having decided to apply to study a postgraduate course at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering.

Applications for the 2021/22 academic year are now open. Please note that the deadline for applications for the 2021/22 academic year is 31st August 2021, however we may close earlier if all places are filled.

For your application to be considered, please ensure that you upload the following documentation with your application:

  • For all applicants, please upload your degree certificate and transcript of marks from your first degree (if you do not have your final results at the time of making your application, please upload a provisional certificate/interim transcript of marks). A transcript is required in order to have your application processed.
  • If your first language is not English, or you require a Student Visa to study in the UK, please upload a Proof of English Proficiency if you have already obtained it. A list of accepted qualifications can be found here.
  • If you require a Student Visa to undertake a Master's programme in the UK, please upload a detailed personal statement outlining why you wish to study this specific course, at City, University of London, as well as explaining how your past studies have prepared you for this course and how it will help you to progress in your career.
  • If you are applying for a Part-time course or have relevant work experience relating to the degree you are applying for, please upload a copy of your current CV/resume.

Contact information for the Postgraduate Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 0248

The Maritime Safety and Security course has grown by popular demand out of the very successful and respected general management Maritime Operations and Management course.
Career Prospects
Most of our graduates find work within a few weeks of graduation: many also have the promise of work prior to completing the course.
Expert-led Modules developed by experienced professionals from industry.
During your course

More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

If a student leaves City after commencing but before completing their course, City reserves the right to charge the student the tuition/course fee for the full academic year (or full course for capacity limited post-graduate courses - up to a maximum of 2 years fees) in question. The student may be charged the full fee for that year or course as applicable unless the student is able to present justification that exceptional and unforeseeable reasons for their withdrawal exist.

How to pay

City has introduced an instalment payment scheme which is available to certain categories of students, including taught postgraduate students. For students following the normal academic year, the annual fee may be paid in two equal instalments: the first on registering, the second on 31st January. If you wish to pay your fees by instalment you must pay the first instalment at or before registration, by cheque or credit/debit card. You must also supply your bank details or credit card details for payment of your second instalment which will be deducted automatically from your bank or credit card account on 31st January.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by 12 lecturers who come from academia and industry. These are supported by around six guest lecturers from various parts of the marine industry.

The learning, teaching and assessment on this programme aims to:

  • cover the substantive base-line knowledge content,
  • signpost further reading and research which is linked to the assessment,
  • facilitate independent learning habits including attention to detail and self-directed learning,
  • use an active and collaborative approach to learning to simulate the world of work through for example problem solving, learning through cases and simulations.

The course comprises 8 modules and a project. The teaching and learning strategy for each module follows this general form and the range of methods used includes lectures, workshops, presentations, small group work, peer review and feedback, and structured tasks.  In general, considerable teamwork in various practical exercises and group assignments is required.

During the year students make visits to IMO and port facilities as well as other organisations and attend a series of guest lectures and network events.


Each module is assessed by an examination (50%) and course work (50%). The coursework is normally 2 pieces which can be an essay, report, presentation, project plan or some other appropriate format.  Examinations are held twice per year with three subjects examined in January and the remainder in May. To pass, the student must gain 50% in each of the coursework and examination elements.

The project is a major piece of work which results in a dissertation on a chosen subject. This is examined by the dissertation content and a viva-voce examination.


Full-time students attend all taught modules during Term 1 (Oct-Dec) and Term 2 (Jan-Apr), and then complete their Project over 3 months (Jul-Sep), within the 12-month period of the degree. This is providing students pass all the taught modules at first sit.

Students will usually need to attend three or five days for each Module. Teaching takes place during day (09:30 to 17:30).


Part-time students take half the modules during Term 1 (Oct-Dec) and Term 2 (Jan-Apr) in the first year, the remaining modules during Term 1 (Oct-Dec) and Term 2 (Jan-Apr) in the second year, and then complete their Project over 5 months (Jul-Nov), within the 26 - month period of the degree. This is providing students pass all the taught modules at first sit.

Students join full-time students for their modules in each academic year.


The MSc Maritime Safety and Security Management course comprises eight compulsory modules. In the first term all student study five modules and three modules in the second term. The final term is dedicated to a specialist project on an aspect of Maritime Safety and Security.

Completion of all the modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. However, in addition, the further completion of a project followed by a dissertation will lead to the award of a Master's degree.

You are normally required to complete all the taught modules successfully before progressing to the dissertation.

Full-time students can expect to study for around 37 hours per week.

Term 1

  • Professional Studies/Research Methods (15 Credits)
  • Maritime Operations and Insurance (15 Credits)
  • Maritime Safety (15 Credits)
  • Maritime Management (15 credits)
  • Maritime Economics and Accounting (15 credits)

Term 2

  • Environmental issues (15 Credits)
  • Security and Cyber Risk Studies (15 Credits)
  • Maritime Technology (15 credits)

Term 3

  • Project (60 credits)

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

The MSc Maritime Safety and Security Management programme is for those who wish during their careers to specialise in safety and security management applied to maritime industry. The programme has been developed in response to the recognised and growing international demand for postgraduate level education geared towards management and leadership careers in industry; research; governments and policy or regulatory organisations.

For example, graduates from this programme can expect to develop fast track careers into senior positions in the maritime industries; as maritime safety and security consultants; in insurance, maritime safety policy experts; safety experts in engineering design teams, or as researchers into cutting edge safety challenges in specialist maritime sectors.

The University’s maritime programmes have links with Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST), the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and the London network of shipping professionals. You will be encouraged to participate in colloquia, seminars and conferences to broaden your background within the industry. There will be opportunities to meet some of the leading professionals working in the area of maritime safety operations and management.

In addition, students will be required to participate in industrial visits to local companies and in a programme of guest lectures on issues such as consultancy companies, contractors, research organizations, local authorities and maritime business companies. All of these will have a dedicated safety department or officers.

London is acknowledged as a principal global Maritime Hub. Many international organisations and companies involved in maritime safety and security management have representations in London. Visits during the year may be arranged to organisations such as the Baltic Exchange, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), International Chamber of Shipping, Institution of Lloyds Underwriters and to ports such as Shoreham and Tilbury and Felixstowe.

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