15 November 2023
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Ocean Leadership is a part-time experience-based master’s program for professionals in marine or maritime sectors wanting to advance the blue/green shift towards a sustainable future. The transdisciplinary program provides an understanding of the complex landscape of ocean challenges and builds the knowledge, skills, and capacity necessary to lead sustainable integrative solutions.
All life on Earth depends on the ocean. It generates oxygen, helps regulate the climate, sustains a rich diversity of lifeforms, and is a source of food, energy, medicine, recreation, and livelihoods for billions of people. However, the diverse demands on marine resources combined with increasing pressure from global challenges such as climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss and inequity currently threaten the ocean as a life-support system. To ensure sustainability and resilience, there is an urgent need to develop creative solutions that take advantage of the opportunities of the blue economy and address these challenges in an integrated manner.
This requires a new generation of leaders. Leaders who can navigate conflicting values and interests to integrate knowledge and action across different scientific disciplines, marine sectors, and levels of governance. As well as leaders able to leverage the power and promise of the digital era through effective engagement with cutting edge information and communication technologies (ICT).
The Ocean Leadership program builds awareness of interconnected ocean challenges and enhances capacities for collaboration, integration and transformation so that participants are well placed to help lead the shift towards more sustainable and resilient systems.
The Ocean Leadership program aims to strengthen strategic competences in leading the development and implementation of integrative sustainability solutions for the ocean.
The program is open to professionals working in any marine or maritime sector, from industry, government, or civil society. Applicants need to have at least 2 years leadership experience, but this can be at any level.
As a transdisciplinary experience-based master that is targeting multiple sectors, the program will bring together a novel network of established and emerging ocean leaders. Through problem- and solution-based learning, participants will build knowledge, skills and capacities that are directly relevant to their current work environment, ensuring impact and a return on investment for the employer.
The program runs part-time over three years. The first two years are focused on course work, with a combination of face-to-face sessions, digital discussion seminars, and online course modules for independent study. The third year is dedicated to the development of a master’s thesis on a topic of relevance to the participants’ work environment and mentored by a skilled supervisory team.
Through the course work, participants will develop relevant knowledge and skills across the domains of sustainability and resilience, leadership and ethics, law and governance, innovation and ICT. Emphasis will be placed on understanding critical global challenges and navigating conflicts; developing collaborative, adaptive and transformational styles of leadership; facilitating creativity and responsibility in blue/green innovation; participating in governance of the sea at local, regional, and international levels; and engaging with the storage, analysis, and integration of digital information in ethical and impactful ways.
Admissions will take place every second year and the next cohort of the program will begin in the autumn of 2024.
The Ocean Leadership Experience-based Master does not provide sufficient credits to pursue a PhD program.
A candidate who has completed their qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:
Upon completion of the program, participants will have developed
- advanced knowledge of global challenges to sustainability (including key concepts, issues, and frameworks)
- substantial insight into processes of ocean governance and existing international initiatives to address sustainability challenges
- comprehensive knowledge of key concepts and issues for information and communication technologies (ICT), including big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and ICT security
- specialized knowledge of collaborative and transformational leadership theory and its relevance to ocean leadership for sustainability
- unique understanding of opportunities and challenges for integration across different disciplines, sectors and levels of governance to advance ocean leadership for sustainability
Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to
- critically analyze diverse sources of information and use them to structure robust arguments
- analyze existing theories and interpretations in fields of relevance to ocean leadership and use relevant methods to conduct scholarly work on practical and theoretical problems
- carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics
- cooperate effectively with others and facilitate collaborative teamwork to advance common goals
- integrate knowledge from different arenas to analyze problems and propose solutions within the transdisciplinary field of ocean leadership
Upon completion of the program, participants will have the ability to
- apply knowledge and skills from ocean leadership to carry out advanced assignments and projects
- communicate effectively about issues, challenges, and projects within ocean leadership to specialist and public audiences
- apply ideas on leadership, innovation, and governance to advance sustainability within their own context
- analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems
- contribute to innovation in the theory and practice of ocean leadership
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SVF- 3403 Blue Innovation for the Green Shift (15 STP/ECTS)
SVF- 3404 Ocean Futures (15 STP/ECTS)
SVF- 3409 Master’s Thesis in Ocean Leadership (15 STP/ECTS)
SVF- 3409 Master’s Thesis in Ocean Leadership (15 STP/ECTS)
Basic academic requirements
Applicants must document a completed bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS), or an equivalent qualification.
For degrees issued in Norway, Europe, Canada, USA, Australia & New Zealand: an average grade C is the minimum requirement, or the corresponding numerical mark/percentage score to be eligible for admission to master's level study programs.
For degrees issued in other than the above-mentioned countries: an average grade B as a minimum requirement, or the corresponding numerical mark/percentage score to be eligible for admission to master's level study programs.
Applicants must have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C (2,5 eller 3,0)* in the ECTS scale.
The target group of the program is people in leadership positions in government agencies, industry and/or civil society engaged in marine or maritime affairs. A minimum of 2 years of leadership experience (at any level) is required, and at least 5 years of relevant work practice following graduation.
- Nordic applicants: March 1st - Her finner du all informasjon knyttet til søking og opptak
- International applicants: December 1st - You will find more information about international admission here
You can apply as a Nordic applicant if you have upper secondary school (Higher Education Entrance Qualification) from a Nordic country (Norway, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, Sweden or Denmark). People from non-Nordic countries can also apply in the Nordic admission as long as they meet the Norwegian and English language requirements for higher education.
Applicants with education from non-Nordic countries must document English language proficiency. You will find more information of English language requirements here.
Capacity: 20 students. Admissions every other year (2022, 2024, 2026, etc.)
The Ocean Leadership program involves 4 semesters of course work, and 2 semesters of thesis work.
The mandatory courses for this degree are: Introduction to Ocean Leadership for Sustainability, Critical Global Challenges, Blue Innovation for the Green Shift, and Ocean Futures.
The courses are taught through a combination of face-to-face intensive sessions, online modules for independent study, and digital discussion seminars.
For the coursework component, each semester will involve two face-to-face intensive sessions - one at the start and one toward the end of semester. Each of these intensive sessions will run for 4.5 days and will be held in Tromsø (or another European location of significance for ocean science, industry, or governance).
In addition to the face-to-face intensives, each course will have online modules that participants complete independently. The materials in these modules can contain a mix of readings, videos (e.g., short lectures, instructional films, interviews, or inspirational talks), websites, podcasts, activities and/or quizzes. Short digital discussion seminars will also be held to discuss course materials (particularly in the context of participants’ own working environment), and/or provide feedback on assignments in development.
The thesis component of the program will be undertaken independently under the guidance of a skilled supervisory team but will also include a small number of online discussion seminars to provide additional contact and guidance within the group.
Each course description specifies the means that will be used to assess its stated learning objectives, which may include written assignments, project-based tasks, group work, and/or presentations in various formats.