Master of Science in Maritime Studies

Master (Coursework)

Programme Type


Master of Science Programmes by Coursework (CEE)

Get the knowledge and tools to elevate yourself from local business management to global settings within the maritime profession. 

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the shipping industry have identified that the shipping practice and business in Singapore should be elevated in order to enter into the regional and global arenas.

This is a strategic development that would uplift the local business practice and knowledge to a higher echelon in the international shipping scene, associated with business management, international shipping finance, chartering, and other related issues.

This MSc programme is developed to fill the gap and provide post-graduate level and high-value education for professionals in maritime and related business; elevating them from local business management to one of the international and global business settings.

The foremost intention is to provide young graduates and middle-management executives working in maritime related areas an avenue for higher education. The programme will also be suitable for graduates who wish to be involved in the maritime profession. The education would provide them with necessary knowledge and tools to form the next generation of shipping executives.

This programme has been presented the Excellence in Training Development award at the Singapore International Maritime Awards (IMA) 2009. NTU is honored in recognition for its outstanding contribution to Singapore’s maritime education landscape.

  • Have a good Bachelor degree in Shipping, Business or other related disciplines or
  • Hold a Certificate of Competency 1 (CoC 1)
  • A good TOEFL/IELTS score for applicants whose native language is not English. Test date must be within 2 years or less from the date of application
    • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based) / 100 (internet-based)
    • IELTS: 6.5 (Academic)
  • GRE/GMAT score is not required for admission

Intake Period

  • There is only one intake yearly (August intake). Prospective Students may apply through the application portal between November to January (i.e. for August 2021 intake, candidates need to apply between Nov’2020 to Jan’2021).
  • Note that each application is chargeable at S$21.40.

Programme Structure

  • 30 AUs (10 Courses), in which 18 AUs (12AUs compulsory + 6 AUs electives) must be from Maritime Studies courses
  • Eligible students may opt for the Coursework + Dissertation option (Dissertation is in lieu of 2 courses)

Candidature Period

Full-time: 1 – 3 Years

Part-time: 2 – 4 years

Core Courses (Compulsory)

MT6201 Shipping Management 1 (3 AUs)

This course introduces students to the role of maritime transport in international trade and to the specific tasks that face the executives of shipping companies and other organizations in the maritime industry.

MT6202 Shipping Management 2  (3 AUs)

Pre-requisite: MT6201 Shipping Management 1 

This course provides student an understanding of commercial practices and the legislative and contractual framework of international shipping. 

MT6101 Project Management (3 AUs)

This course addresses the considerable changes seen in recent years in areas where project work is used. The planning and organization of projects as well as their management are discussed.

MT6102 Maritime Economics (3 AUs)

This course provides students with a detailed understanding of maritime economic fundamentals. The topics include main concepts and tools in micro- and macro-economics and their application to maritime transport, shipping markets, shipping demand and supply, shipping costs and freight rate mechanism, economics for shipping strategy, future shipping market, tramp shipping, liner shipping, ship financing, economics of maritime regulations, and the relationship between maritime transport and national economy.​

Electives (Not all Electives will be offered each semester)

MT6103 Strategic Planning (3 AUs)

The essence of corporate strategy is the creation of sustainable competitive advantage, i.e. creating products and services that the customers perceive as valuable and unique. In this course, students will get acquainted with several models that are useful in the development of sustainable competitive advantage.

MT6104 Cross Cultural Management (3 AUs)

This module increases participants' cultural awareness and skills for a global business like shipping. It covers strategizing, management (including human resources), communications and negotiations, with focus on the cultural dimension, which involves such factors as core beliefs and values which characterize both national and business cultures.​

MT6204 Ship Operations, Brokering and Chartering (3 AUs)

Ship Operations: Stowage plans, bunkering, crewing, maintenance, scheduling and fuel. Harbor infrastructure. Marine environment protection. Shipping safety. Legal aspects of chartering and purchase of ships. Roles of the broker and liner agent. Legislation and practice. Chartering: Operation of freight markets. Multiple charter parties. Special charter forms - Vegoil, Chemicals, Supply Ships, Towage.

MT6301 Maritime Logistics (3 AUs)

This course examines the strategic role of shipping in global supply chains. Case studies are used to improve the students strategic logistics skills.

MT6302 Port Management (3 AUs)

This module aims to develop a thorough grasp of different aspects of port activities by providing detailed understanding of the principles and practices of port management within the framework of overall transportation systems.

MT6304 Marine Insurance (3 AUs)

The course offers a thorough introduction to the history, framework, practice, economics and legal understanding of International Marine Insurance. In addition to a historic view of the development of marine insurance and its origin, there will be an introduction to the different insurance markets and their geographical positions.

MT6401 Environmental Shipping (3 AUs)

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the various causes of pollution to the marine and atmospheric environments due to shipping related activities. Environmental issues such as ship waste, oil pollution, anti-fouling paints, ship breaking activities, ship litter (including plastics), ballast water management and ship emissions are addressed.

Tuition Fees and Candidature Period

(Per Academic Year)
(Per Academic Year)
Singapore Citizens & Singapore Permanent ResidentsS$ 32,240S$ 16,120
International StudentsS$ 32,240
 S$ 34,240*
S$ 16,120
  S$ 17,120*

Candidature PeriodFull-timePart-time
1 - 3 Years2 - 4 Years

*Fee revision will be effective starting AY2022 intake onwards

  1. MSc (Maritime Studies) is a self-financing programme, and is not eligible for Service Obligation or Financial Assistance (i.e. Tuition Fee Loan).
  2. Tuition fee is payable each semester regardless of the number of courses registered that term.
  3. Tuition fee is payable even if the student did not register any courses that semester, unless the student has been approved for Leave of Absence (LOA) for that semester by the 2nd week of the academic term.
  4. Students who apply for LOA or withdraw two or more weeks after the semester commences shall be liable for tuition fees and miscellaneous fees due for the entire term.
  5. The above fees are based on the shortest candidature period.
  6. Fees listed are inclusive of the prevailing Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  7. The University reserves the right to revise its fees every year without notice.
  8. For more information on other applicable fees, click here


  • Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF)
  • The MCF facilitates the growth of Singapore's maritime cluster by supporting the industry's manpower and business development efforts as well as its drive for productivity improvements.
  • MPA has been co-funding a portion of the course fees for the Master of Science in Maritime Studies under the maritime-related certifiable courses. Singaporeans and Singapore PRs admitted into our MSc (Maritime Studies) programme are eligible to apply, subject to qualifying conditions.
  • Applicants of who are self-sponsored are allowed to apply for MCF, provided that they have a letter of support from their maritime-related company.

  • ​Employment status of applicant ​​Under MPA’s Purview ​Under EDB’s Purview ​Contact Information
    ​Employed in the Maritime Sector

    (i.e. shipbroking, ship finance, etc.)
    ​​​ ✔ ​​-

    Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
    T: 1800 272 7777

    ​Self-employed in the Maritime sector
    A letter of support from the company is required.