Taught course

Maritime Security

Coventry University · Faculty of Business, Environment and Society

Entry requirements

There are many individuals working in fields relating to maritime security that have a wealth of experience but are unable to progress professionally and undertake a postgraduate degree because of work and personal commitments. By providing an opportunity to study online, our students will be able to accredit their previous experience and reflect on it by combining theory and practice. To integrate such previous experience in to the study programme, all applicants are assessed individually by the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). This involves submitting a portfolio, detailing professional achievements which demonstrate practical experience of working in fields related to maritime security. A successful APEL portfolio is awarded 120 Credits of the Masters programme. Relevant academic qualifications are desirable but not essential. Non-native English speakers are required to provide evidence of English language skills to the level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Please note that all eligible applicants will have an admissions interview, normally by telephone. In order to clarify your possible eligibility for the APEL process and suitability for the course, please contact us directly for further information.

Months of entry


Course content


This course runs once a year from January.

Maritime Security is one of the most dynamic and expanding sectors in the security industry with an impact on development efforts, insurance, international law, and global shipping. It encompasses the headline issue of piracy alongside other security challenges such as the dumping of toxic waste, trafficking, illegal fishing and port security. The online MA in Maritime Security is designed to provide a higher education opportunity to middle and senior managers in a wide range of fields related to maritime security such as shipping, the security sector, law, insurance, development, international relations and diplomacy, providing the chance to acquire an MA qualification in one year.


A deeper understanding of Maritime Security can help in better understanding global security. Activities at sea can, for example, give us a glimpse in to wider power politics and serve as an additional case study through which wider security threats such as terrorism can be examined. Beyond this, a nexus between land and sea means that a deeper knowledge of maritime security provides new insights for those interested in maintaining security ashore.

The Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies has over ten years of experience studying conflict and peace. Our emphasis on applied research ensures that our teaching is shaped by insights gained from working in the field. Alongside this we have a track record of delivering engaging and highly interactive online learning courses.

The MA is then an educational programme that meets the needs of professionals in a wide range of fields related to maritime security. It offers a unique and valuable postgraduate qualification which, being delivered online, enables individuals to study and work at the same time. The MA course is also officially recognised by the International Association of Maritime Security Professionals (IAMSP). Students on the programme have the opportunity to gain a professional qualification from IAMSP recognising their continued professional development.


The MA covers a range of topics essential to gain a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of maritime security. These include amongst others: the globalisation of international security, the nexus between maritime security and human security, international law, naval diplomacy, the privatisation of security, contemporary piracy, illegal fishing, and port security. The course also includes research training and supervision of a dissertation.

The course objectives are as follows:

  1. Development of an integrated critical awareness and understanding of maritime security management and related skills required for effective performance at a strategic level.
  2. Development of specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of maritime security and related subject areas such as conflict transformation and human security.
  3. Development and enhancement of autonomous learners who have an understanding of how effectively conducted research can enhance their performance as managers.
  4. Development of the ability to blend theory and practice in complex situations, both systematically and creatively, to improve organisational performance and personal effectiveness.
  5. The enhancement of lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality.

Information for international students

Please contact our International/EU Office: Telephone: +44(0)24 7615 2152 www.coventry.ac.uk/iocontactus

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office
024 7765 4321