Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies


The purpose of the programme is to provide postgraduate students with a vehicle to engage with the economic and legal dynamics of the maritime transport industry, at a level appropriate to a postgraduate diploma programme. The core modules provide a postgraduate introduction to maritime transport economics and international trade law, respectively, With this foundation in place, the elective modules offered permit students to develop greater depth of analytical insight into maritime legal arrangements that facilitate the relationship between cargo owners (importers and exporters) and vessel owners (the carrying lines); into the role of ports as efficient and seamless interfaces between sea- and land-based transport modes (with particular reference to the South African ports system); and into the Customs practices and arrangements that facilitate commodity trade.


1 Year

Entrance Requirements

Applicants should have completed a Bachelors’ degree in Economics or a discipline regarded as appropriate by the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.


Semester 1
  • Customs and excises
  • Analysis of Sea Freight Markets
  • Internationation Transactions in shipping
  • Charterparties
Semester 2
  • Admiralty Jurisdiction &smp; Practice
  • Customs theory and Administration
  • Carriage of Good by Sea
  • Port Economics
  • Research articles in maritime studies

Career Opportunities

  • Ports managers
  • Logistical operations managers
  • Maritime consultants
  • Chartering director in the maritime industry
  • Derivative traders
  • Forwarders
  • General directors of maritime affairs
  • Sales managers or commercial manager
  • Others( list not exhaustive)