Ocean Leadership - experience-based master

Duration: 3 Years

Photo: Audun Rikardsen
Photo: Audun Rikardsen

Ocean Leadership - experience-based master

Duration: 3 Years

Campus
Tromsø
Application deadline
1. december
Application
How to apply?

The combined pressures from climate change, pollution, utilization of marine resources and other uses of ocean space challenge the carrying capacity of oceans and coastal areas. While problems are diverse and vary with geography, there are commonalities in the need for addressing challenges in an integrated manner to ensure sustainability and address the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The sustainable use of the oceans requires solutions that transcend scientific disciplines, economic sectors, and levels of governance. Knowledge, skills and competences from a number of areas have to be combined to address the challenges. The digital transformation brings new tools for the effective management and utilization of the oceans.

Ocean Leadership is a multidisciplinary and visionary educational program that provides students with both the understanding of current and future states of the oceans, as well as the leadership tools to address their management.

The target group of the program is people in leadership positions in government agencies, business and civil society engaged in marine or maritime affairs.

Questions about the study
E-post: nfhstudie@hjelp.uit.no

Renland, Maren Waagaard

Rådgiver

  • Telephone: +4777058130
  • Campus: Tromsø

Fern Wickson

Ocean Leadership Program

  • Telephone: +4777646570
  • Campus: Tromsø

The objective of the program is to strengthen students´ strategic competences in identifying and developing integrated solutions for the oceans. Students will engage in problem-based learning, developing leadership skills for dealing with ocean challenges. The potential of the digital revolution is a key feature.

Expertise in designing and implementing integrated ocean solutions is scarce. Capacity building in this respect is critical to address emerging challenges. The program builds such capacities in the students´ workplace, ensuring a return on the investment for the employer.

The program is part-time over three years, with the first two years containing four modules addressing sustainable ocean leadership, oceans in change, blue innovation, and ocean futures respectively. Each of the modules addresses challenges relating to leadership, ocean governance, and digitalization.

The 5-6th semester is devoted to an Ocean leadership master’s thesis (30 ECTS) on a topic of importance to the employer and will take place in the student’s regular work environment. The thesis work will be mentored by a skilled oceans supervisor team.

The program will start in the autumn of 2022, with admissions of Nordic applicants. Later admissions will also be opened for international applicants.  

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence: 

Knowledge: 

  • understanding of the different forms of cross-disciplinary collaboration and the unique opportunities, challenges and requirements associated with them
  • comprehensive knowledge of collaborative and transformational leadership and specialized knowledge of theories and methods in the field of ocean leadership  
  • comprehensive knowledge of the main issues in global debates on ocean governance, particularly within the domain of sustainability of marine resources and food production systems 
  • comprehensive knowledge of key concepts and issues within ICT, including big data, machine learning, AI and ICT security 
  • can apply knowledge to new areas within the field of ocean leadership
  • can analyze relevant issues and challenges in ocean governance on the basis of the interdisciplinary field of ocean leadership

Skills:

  • can analyze and deal critically with different sources of information and use them to structure and formulate strong arguments
  • can analyze existing theories and interpretations in the field and work independently on practical and theoretical problems
  • can use relevant methods within leadership, communication and collaboration for research and scholarly work in an independent manner
  • can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics
  • can cooperate effectively with others, work in teams, and lead interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects

General competence: 

  • can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems
  • can apply the knowledge and skills within the field of ocean leadership in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
  • can communicate effectively about issues and challenges within the field of ocean leadership
  • can analyze and communicate effectively about major challenges in ocean leadership
  • can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics


Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
Semester 1
SVF-3401 Sustainable Ocean Leadership (15 STP/ECTS)
Semester 2
SVF-3402 Oceans in Change - Leadership Challenges (15 STP/ECTS)
Semester 3
SVF- 3403 Blue Innovation (15 STP/ECTS)
Semester 4
SVF- 3404 Ocean Futures (15 STP/ECTS)
Semester 5
SVF- 3409 Master’s Thesis in Ocean Leadership (15 STP/ECTS)
Semester 6
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, preferably within the discipline of the program, such as marine biology, oceanography, digital technologies, international law, and political science. 

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.  

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. 

Additional requirements 
The target group of the program is people in leadership positions in government agencies, business and civil society engaged in marine or maritime affairs. A minimum of 2 years of leadership experience is required, and at least 5 years of relevant work practice following graduation.

Application deadlines:

Capacity: 20 students. Admissions every other year. 

The program is organized with 3 class sessions of 3 days per semester. Students are also expected to work with tasks via a digital platform, in addition to self-study, between sessions.

Each course description specifies the means used to assess its stated learning outcomes, which may include lectures, seminars, group work, project-based tasks, written assignments, group or individual presentations, and oral examinations.  

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