Taught course

Maritime Security (MA/PG Dip/PG Cert)

Coventry University · Faculty of Business, Environment and Society
PGCertPGDipMAMA (Fast-track)

Entry requirements

All applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Ordinarily, the minimum entry criteria for each stage (PGCert, PGDip & MA) of the Maritime Security programme are as follows:

Applicants should hold a honours degree at 2:2 or above (or equivalent international grade/qualification), from a recognised University, preferably in a social science subject (e.g. Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Security Studies, Politics, Development Studies).

Applications from those who do not hold a honours degree at 2:2 or above but can demonstrate at least three years’ work experience in a relevant field will also be considered. Here a careful evaluation of the applicant’s capacity to complete the programme successfully, including assessment, where appropriate, through an admissions interview and review of a writing sample will take place.

For non-native English speakers, the entry requirement is English language proficiency at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Where applicants do not hold up-to-date IELTS certification, we will look at whether an applicant has previously studied and successfully completed a Higher Education qualification in English. Where an applicant does not hold such a qualification entry will be at the discretion of the course director and subject to a review of documentation and an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This course starts in September 2017.

Maritime Security is one of the most dynamic and expanding sectors in the security industry with an impact on development efforts, insurance, international law, global shipping, the broader global economy, as well as transnational security. It encompasses the headline issue of piracy alongside other security challenges such as trafficking by sea, illegal fishing, and security at port.

Qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Maritime Security (8 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Security (16 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Full Term MA Maritime Security (24 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Fast-Track MA (APEL) Maritime Security (15 months).


MA Maritime Security is a high-quality postgraduate qualification, shaped by research-active staff and informed by real world events, providing an opportunity to study in a friendly and supportive learning environment.

The MA is open to anyone with the requisite qualifications, and is targeted at preparing people to enter into a career in fields relating to Maritime Security (e.g. shipping, the security sector, law, insurance, development, international relations, and diplomacy) or to enhance the career opportunities of those already working within such fields.

If you are interested in Maritime Security, Coventry University is the place to learn more about it.

Course benefits:

  • An opportunity to achieve an MA in 15 months with accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). Enabling professionals to obtain academic credits based on their professional experience.
  • Access to a professional network of individuals working in various roles related to peacebuilding internationally.
  • Research informed curriculum and teaching. Our courses are global, from the content of the programme and the staff leading them, to the diverse backgrounds of our participants.
  • A flexible blended learning approach, combining intensive workshops, online learning and small group tutorials. Allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments.
  • Access to Coventry University e-learning resources and CU Online.


Alongside the MA-route (180M credits), this programme can be studied at Postgraduate Certificate (60M credits) and Postgraduate Diploma level (120M credits), and is offered via blended learning or distance learning. The three different qualifications on offer are sequential, and can therefore lead into one another, following the successful completion of the earlier portion.

At Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) stage, you will study three mandatory modules:

  • Introduction to Maritime Security: Theory, Concepts and Key Perspectives
  • Maritime Security in the 21st Century: Challenges and Responses
  • Peace, Conflict and Security in the 21st Century

At Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) stage you will undertake one core module, Project Management in Practice, and two elective modules from the following list:

  • Privatisation of International Security
  • Environment, Peace and Conflict
  • Migration, Displacement and Belonging
  • Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Gender, Peace and Conflict.
  • Comparative Peace Processes

At MA Stage, you will undertake a dissertation in an area of study which you would like to explore in more depth, with support from a supervisor.


You will be well supported throughout your studies with a range of services and guidance to help you get the most out of your programme.

Students are provided with a range of pre-enrolment materials to better prepare them for their studies. Online modules are provided through the virtual learning environment (Moodle) to facilitate communication between staff and students, and between students. You will have access to Coventry University’s library, including its digital resources and library support for distance learners.

Extensive coursework feedback and support from the programme team will be provided, and every student is allocated a personal tutor from the moment of enrolment offering pastoral and academic skills support. For those writing a dissertation, a supervisor will be allocated.

You will be also be able to access a portfolio of non-credit bearing academic skills activities and support to develop your research and writing skills, as well as Coventry University’s Careers and Employability Service for support with developing your career following your studies.

At each stage of the programme you will have the opportunity to attend a short residential workshop to cover the core learning of one module. The workshops are covered in the course fees and we strongly encourage attendance to supplement and condense your learning, to meet your cohort and teachers, and to build your network.

(Please note: we have limited accommodation available for the duration of the workshops provided you meet the conditions within the deadline specified on your offer letter. T&C’s will apply).

Information for international students

For further information:
Samima Hussain
Postgraduate Programme Manager
The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Phone: +44 (0) 2477 659059

Email: study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk

Fees and funding

UK students
2,458 (PGCert), 4,916 (PGDip), 7,374(MA)
International students
4,219 (PGCert), 8,437 (PGDip), 12,656 (MA)

Ferguson Trust Scholarship

Ferguson Trust Scholarships are made available through the generosity of The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust to support students wishing to pursue our Peace and Conflict Studies and Maritime Security academic streams. The scholarships are designed for candidates from low-income countries and lower middle-income countries, which, ordinarily, are conflict-affected. We apologise to everyone from the EU, Japan, USA and areas with comparable incomes, we are not allowed to offer these scholarships no matter how strong your application. Please see the World Bank's country and lending page for a definitive list of countries.

The competition for funding is intense and the applications are of a very high standard, prior to applying for a scholarship please ensure you have a formal offer letter.

After checking your eligibility you should refer to the scholarship terms & conditions, complete the application form with great care and return this to study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk by 28 April 2017.

Please note any incomplete applications and late submissions will not be considered. The awarding panel is situated within the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations and will assess all application on their individual merit (academic ability/ work experience and financial circumstances).

Allocation will be decided on assessment of the following:

  • A complete scholarship application form including a detailed statement of support which should not exceed 500 words by 28 April 2017. In this form you should demonstrate your capacity and commitment to undertake and complete the programme and explain how the programme is aligned to your future aspirations and how it will benefit your professional development.
  • Your contribution towards your tuition fees.

CTPSR Bursaries

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations are pleased to offer a limited number of partial bursaries towards tuition fees, available to overseas students who wish to pursue an MA in Maritime Security or Peace and Conflict Studies.

Allocation will be decided on assessment of the following:


  • Complete a bursary application form including a detailed statement of support which should not exceed 500 words by 28 April 2017.
  • Demonstrate capacity and commitment to undertake and complete the programme.
  • Explain how the programme is aligned to your future aspirations and how it will benefit your professional development.


  • Please note that this scholarship cannot be combined with any other CTPSR scholarship.
  • The decision to award is at the sole discretion of the Centre. The Centre reserves the right to determine the number of scholarships to award from this category.
  • Bursaries will only be awarded if your admissions application is successful.

How to Apply

Students wishing to apply for a bursary should complete an application form and submit this to study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk by no later than 28 April 2017.

Only applications received by the deadline will be considered and the panel's decision is final.

Please ensure you read and understand the T&C’s prior to submitting an application for a bursary.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
8 months


distance learning
16 months


distance learning
24 months

MA (Fast-track)

distance learning
15 months

Course contact details

Samima Hussain
00 44 24 77 659059