The National Joint PhD Programme in Nautical Operations is organised as a joint degree between the following four national higher education institutions offering professional maritime education:
The partner institutions focus each on their specific areas of research within nautical operations and are responsible for their respective academic parts of the PhD programme. The language of teaching and examination is English.
Nautical operations consist of two subject areas:
There is a compulsory joint maritime course offered at all the four institutions.
The remaining academic content will be related to each area of specialization at the four partner institutions:
The PhD program consists of:
The program shall normally be completed within three years of full-time work, or within four years, if one year is devoted to teaching and supervision work. A different schedule might be agreed upon admission, but with a study effort of at least 50 %.
After completing the doctoral program, the candidate shall have achieved the following overall learning outcomes:
The candidate can:
General Competence (G1-G5)
The candidate can:
Candidates will be eligible for positions in the national and international maritime industry. Relevant sectors include:
Admission to the PhD program in nautical operations requires that the applicant has completed a relevant 120 ECTS Master's degree - based on a Bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS - with good results, or an integrated Master's degree of 300 ECTS. An individual assessment of the competence of applicants with a Master's degree of less than 120 credits can be done. Other education equivalent to lacking credits in the Master's degree must be documented.
Examples of fields of study that qualify for admission include: maritime management, nautical studies, occupational and organisational psychology, fire and safety, meteorology and oceanography, marine engineering.
Normally, a weighted grade average for the Master's degree equal to B or better is required as a basis for admission. The candidate must normally also have a grade of B or better on the Master's thesis. Applicants with lower grades might be admitted if it can be documented that the candidate is particularly suitable for PhD education.
The updated course catalogue for the program containing detailed descriptions of all elective courses and the compulsory HTO-course can be downloaded here.
The National Joint PhD Program in Nautical Operations has established cooperation agreements with the following institutions: World Maritime University (Sweden), Maritime University of Szczecin (Poland), TU Delft (Netherlands) and Liverpool John Moores University (UK).
For more information (including financing of your stay abroad), please contact your local PhD-coordinator.
The contact information can be found here.