The world’s first Masters degree in Maritime Security has been launched by the University of Greenwich.
SMI first revealed plans for the course last October and the university will be taking on new students this September in the hope of helping the international shipping industry tackle threats such as piracy and terrorism at sea.
The MSc will also deal with new issues affecting environmental and energy security, and aims to equip graduates, security personnel, serving and former members of the armed services with the professional skills they need to succeed in senior management roles in this growing professional sector.
The university’s Greenwich Maritime Institute (GMI) has teamed up with its School of Engineering and Natural Resources Institute (NRI), with Marine Insurance and Maritime Crime Consultant, and with the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI), to develop the course which will be based at the university campus in the historic setting of the Old Royal Naval College.
Students can study full-time for one year or part-time over two years and the course is expected to attract interest from people currently working or seeking employment in senior roles in the armed services, the private maritime and shipping sector, private security firms, government bodies and law enforcement agencies.
Professor Chris Bellamy, Director of GMI, said: “The whole planet depends on safe, secure shipping. By volume, up to 90% of international trade is carried by sea. Yet our oceans, which cover 70% of the planet, can be dangerous places and there are increasing threats to this multi-trillion pound business.
“The maritime industry needs educated people with the informed vision to deal with these threats and opportunities. This course can help to provide the professional development which is so vitally needed.”