School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

Master of Commerce in Maritime Studies full research

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DescriptMaritime transport is the dominant international mode of transportation. It accounts for the conveyance of over 80 percent, by volume, of global commodity trade and over 90 percent of South Africa’s import-export trade. The port of Durban is the largest port-related to the urban economic activity in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, it is entirely appropriate that the University of KwaZulu-Natal engage with this industry and with the most extensive maritime economic cluster in the African continent.

The Master of Commerce in Maritime Studies programme is designed to meet the need for practitioners in this industry and other interested stakeholders to develop specialised knowledge of Maritime Economics, Laws, policies, and procedures relating to the maritime industry in South Africa and elsewhere. The programme aims to produce graduates with advanced knowledge and skills in issues related to the economic and legal “laws of motion” of the maritime transport industry. The programme further seeks to produce independent thinkers with strong research skills and capable of advancing knowledge in maritime studies that help solve and interpret real-life legislation and policies.

This programme is a fully-fledged research programme and does not have taught courses. Students will research an approved topic that lines up with the objective of the programme under the guidance of a supervisor. The students will then present the research reports in a dissertation and will graduate with a Master of Commerce in Maritime studies when experts in the fields approve the dissertation.
The allocated supervisor will guide the student to work on the approved topic until the dissertation is completed. In line with social distancing regulations, the blended approach of teaching and learning will be used, including but not limited to online interaction with supervisors and online delivery of research support workshops.
The programme can be completed over one year of full-time study
Staff with expertise in the areas of maritime studies will deliver the programme by supervising various research topics of the students.
Candidates have access to a Postgraduate Research Centre established on campus to offer a supportive environment in which postgraduate students may conduct their research and writing. The Centre features an open-plan study space and a discussion room where students may engage in in-group projects and interact socially (coffee and tea-making facilities are available)
Students wishing to register for this programme should, as a minimum, hold a completed Bachelor Business Science, or Bachelor of Laws (honours equivalent), or Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree (or their recognised equivalents) and must obtain a credit-weighted average of 55% in these relevant qualifications. Students in possession of a Class 1 Certificate of Competency from a recognised maritime agency (a Master Mariner’s “ticket”) also meet this programme’s entry requirements.
Refer to the fees booklet for a more detailed information regarding fees for the programme. You can also contact the fees office for a more accurate fee amount at westvillefees@ukzn.ac.za

Descript Maritime transport is the dominant international mode of transportation. It accounts for the conveyance of over 80 percent, by volume, of global commodity trade and over 90 percent of South Africa’s import-export trade. The port of Durban is the largest port-related to the urban economic activity in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, it is entirely appropriate that the University of KwaZulu-Natal engage with this industry and with the most extensive maritime economic cluster in the African continent.

The Master of Commerce in Maritime Studies programme is designed to meet the need for practitioners in this industry and other interested stakeholders to develop specialised knowledge of Maritime Economics, Laws, policies, and procedures relating to the maritime industry in South Africa and elsewhere. The programme aims to produce graduates with advanced knowledge and skills in issues related to the economic and legal “laws of motion” of the maritime transport industry. The programme further seeks to produce independent thinkers with strong research skills and capable of advancing knowledge in maritime studies that help solve and interpret real-life legislation and policies.

This programme is a fully-fledged research programme and does not have taught courses. Students will research an approved topic that lines up with the objective of the programme under the guidance of a supervisor. The students will then present the research reports in a dissertation and will graduate with a Master of Commerce in Maritime studies when experts in the fields approve the dissertation.

The allocated supervisor will guide the student to work on the approved topic until the dissertation is completed. In line with social distancing regulations, the blended approach of teaching and learning will be used, including but not limited to online interaction with supervisors and online delivery of research support workshops.
The programme can be completed over one year of full-time study
Staff with expertise in the areas of maritime studies will deliver the programme by supervising various research topics of the students.

Candidates have access to a Postgraduate Research Centre established on campus to offer a supportive environment in which postgraduate students may conduct their research and writing. The Centre features an open-plan study space and a discussion room where students may engage in in-group projects and interact socially (coffee and tea-making facilities are available)

Students wishing to register for this programme should, as a minimum, hold a completed Bachelor Business Science, or Bachelor of Laws (honours equivalent), or Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree (or their recognised equivalents) and must obtain a credit-weighted average of 55% in these relevant qualifications. Students in possession of a Class 1 Certificate of Competency from a recognised maritime agency (a Master Mariner’s “ticket”) also meet this programme’s entry requirements.

Refer to the latest fee booklet for more detailed information regarding fees. You can also contact the fees office for a more accurate fee amount at westvillefees@ukzn.ac.za