Research course

Maritime Studies

University of Greenwich · Greenwich Maritime Institute
MA by research

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: A good honours degree (2.1 or above), or an equivalent qualification. • Acceptance will depend on the presentation of an suitable research proposal of 500 words, and confirmation that the department has staff available who are equipped to supervise the proposed research topic. • UK-based applicants are interviewed prior to acceptance. Where English is the applicant’s second language, we require an IELTS score of at least 6.5, but we strongly advise applicants to aim for a score of 7.5 in order to cope with the programme. • Applications and progress are also monitored by the University’s Research Degrees Committee and, where applicable, the Research Ethics Committee.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree programme combines some of the coursework elements of a taught MA or MSc, with a longer Dissertation which, unlike taught Masters’ programmes, must be started at the beginning of the course. The aim of the programme is to provide highly qualified and competent students who have a clearly focused research interest with the opportunity to complete a Master’s degree with more focus on that interest and fewer compulsory taught courses, without requiring the time or commitment necessary to complete an MPhil or PhD. Students must complete an appropriate taught course in Research Methodology, either in the history area or the policy area, and two other courses. The degree will be a key step on the career path of anyone wishing to pursue an academic career in maritime history, maritime policy, maritime commerce, or maritime defence and security studies. At the end of this degree, successful students may wish to register for a doctoral programme, since this MA provides a useful taster of research training and experience for those considering this route.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide students who already have a clearly focussed research interest with the opportunity to complete a research-focused Master’s degree in the minimum possible time
  • To provide a stepping stone enabling rapid transfer from predominantly taught study to self-directed research and an academic career
  • To produce a high-quality and substantial piece of written work suitable for publication.


  • One research skills course, either: Research Skills in Maritime Policy (15 credits) or Research Skills and Case Studies for Maritime Historians (30 credits).
  • Research Dissertation (up to 40,000 words) (120 credits)

  • The remaining 30 or 45 credits (depending on which research skills course is chosen) should be chosen from the following option courses: Maritime Business Environment (15 credits); Defence & Security (15 credits); Environmental History and the Sea (15 credits); Case Studies in Maritime Policy (15 credits); Challenges in 21st Century Maritime Policy (15 credits); Public Shipping Law (30 credits); Economics of International Shipping (15 credits); The Nature of Global Maritime Security (15 credits); Maritime Crime (15 credits); Marine Insurance (15 credits); Environment, Energy and Equipment (15 credits); The Emergence of a World Power: Britain and the Maritime World 1688-1914 (30 credits); The Transfer of Power: International Maritime History 1914 to the late 20th Century (30 credits); International Fisheries History (15 credits).

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

020 8331 9000