Maritime Security PgCert, PGDip, MA 2020/21 entry

Course code:

AHT027 (MA)
AHT028 (PgDip)
AHT029 (PgCert)

Study options:

8 months (PG Cert)
16 months (PG Dip)
24 months (MA)

Location:

Location independent

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

£8,700 (MA)
£5,800 (PGDip)
£2,900 (PGCert)

Find out more

Faculty:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Get in touch

Dr Heather Baggaley
Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 247 765 9059


study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHT027 (MA)
AHT028 (PgDip)
AHT029 (PgCert)

Study options:

8 months (PG Cert)
16 months (PG Dip)
24 months (MA)

Location:

Location independent

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

£8,700 (MA)
£5,800 (PGDip)
£2,900 (PGCert)

Find out more

Faculty:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Get in touch

Dr Heather Baggaley
Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 247 765 9059


study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHT027 (MA)

Study options:

8 months (PG Cert)
16 months (PG Dip)
24 months (MA)

Location:

Location independent

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

£8,700 (MA)

Find out more

Faculty:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Get in touch

Dr Heather Baggaley
Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 247 765 9059


study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Maritime Security is one of the most dynamic and expanding sectors in the security industry with an impact on development efforts, insurance, international law, and global shipping. It encompasses the headline issue of piracy alongside other security challenges such as trafficking by sea, illegal fishing and port security.

Our postgraduate programmes in Maritime Security (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA) are shaped by current research-active staff and real world events. Aimed to be delivered in a friendly and supportive learning environment, these highly interactive programmes provide you with the opportunity to understand and analyse current issues and should aim to develop your skills in response.

“This MA – a pioneering programme of study focusing on some of the most pressing and critical challenges in the dynamic field of Maritime Security. Our Centre is at the forefront of this research agenda, using teaching to enhance the knowledge and actions of practitioners around the world.”

Dr Robert McCabe, Current Course Director, MA Maritime Security

The MA is a blended learning course – a mixture of distance and face-to-face study – allowing you the flexibility to integrate your studies with work and personal commitments. We also provide the opportunity to study through our fast-track (APEL*) route which can allow you to gain accreditation for your prior experience and learning, including what you have achieved in your career so far.

Qualifications available:
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Maritime Security (8 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Security (16 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Full Term MA Maritime Security (24 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Maritime Security (16 months by blended/distance-learning Fast-Track MA (APEL*))

*Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is the process by which Coventry University awards credits towards a qualification based on a student’s prior learning and experience in, for example, their career, previous qualifications and other, relevant life experience. For this course, Coventry University is able to award a third of the credits of the qualification based on a student’s reflection on the outcomes of their prior experience and learning, providing a fast-track option and an opportunity to complete a master’s degree in 16 months rather than 2 years. For more information on our APEL route or this course, contact our team on study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk or speak to Heather, our Postgraduate Programmes Manager, on  +44 (0) 2477659059.

What our students say...

The MA in Maritime Security at CTPSR is at the forefront of research in this complex sector. My experience of the MA with Coventry was a very rewarding year and I am delighted to highly recommend the programme to anyone looking to develop their knowledge and enhance their career prospects in this specialised field.

Jordan Wylie, Extreme Adventurer | Charity Ambassador, MA Maritime Security (Alumnus), MA Maritime Security (Alumnus).

Course information

Maritime Security is one of the most dynamic and expanding sectors in the security industry with an impact on development efforts, insurance, international law, and global shipping. It encompasses the headline issue of piracy alongside other security challenges such as trafficking by sea, illegal fishing and port security.

Our postgraduate programmes in Maritime Security (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA) are shaped by our current research-active staff and real world events. Aimed to be delivered in a friendly and supportive learning environment, these unique, highly interactive programmes provide you with the opportunity to understand and analyse current issues and develop your skills in response.

Our Maritime Security programmes is designed for individuals preparing to enter into or further a career in fields relating to Maritime Security (e.g. shipping, the security sector, law, insurance, development, international relations, diplomacy etc.).

Qualifications available:
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Maritime Security (8 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Security (16 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Full Term MA Maritime Security (24 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Fast-Track MA (APEL) Maritime Security (16 months by blended/distance-learning).

“This MA is the only one of its kind in the world – a pioneering programme of study focusing on some of the most pressing and critical challenges in the dynamic field of Maritime Security. Our Centre is at the forefront of this research agenda, using teaching to enhance the knowledge and actions of practitioners around the world.”

Dr Robert McCabe, Current Course Director, MA Maritime Security

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

This programme is studied in three stages:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 Masters level credits);
  • Postgraduate Diploma level (120 Masters level credits);
  • Masters (180 Masters level credits)

Students start with the Postgraduate Certificate stage, then they move on to the Postgraduate Diploma and finish with the Master’s degree, with the option to stop, pause or progress at each stage. Each stage must be successfully completed before progessing on to the next.

Year One comprises the three modules of the Postgraduate Certificate stage and one module of the Postgraduate Diploma stage.

At the beginning of the year, you will have the opportunity to attend a short residential workshop focusing on the modules studied in the first semester – Peace, Conflict and Security in the 21st Century and Introduction to Maritime Security: Theory, Concepts and Key Perspectives. A second workshop is offered at the beginning of the Postgraduate Diploma stage focusing on the Privatisation of International Security module. Whilst not mandatory, attendance at the workshops is strongly advised as they provide a chance to hone your practical skills, network with professionals from across our postgraduate courses and meet our wider Centre team including current leading academics and our PhD community.

Modules

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

    Our Postgraduate Certificate stage aims to focus on the key concepts and theories which underpin current maritime security and explores a range of contemporary maritime security challenges such as piracy and illegal fishing. You will be asked to study three modules:

    • Peace, Conflict and Security in the 21st Century: This module aims to develop the student’s critical understanding of the key concepts of peace, conflict and security and examines their application to contemporary problems. Students should be presented with insights from a range of disciplines on both the causes and consequences of conflict and the practices which aim to address the problem of violence in all its forms.
    • Introduction to Maritime Security - Theory, Concepts and Key Perspectives: The central aim of this module is to provide students with a specialist study in the discipline of Maritime Security within the context of International Security. The module will aim to present various International Relations approaches to security and explore ways in which maritime security is situated within this context, including how a variety of state and non-state stakeholders interact in the maritime domain. Emphasis should be placed on the interconnectivity between the land and sea while also encouraging a critical approach towards research including analysing traditional and contemporary approaches to maritime security. In addition, this module will aim to encourage you to critically assess cutting edge approaches and theories relating to maritime security policy, governance and law and consider how these concepts translate into practice.
    • Maritime Security in the 21st Century - Challenges and Responses: The central aim of the module is to provide specialist study in the discipline of maritime security. It will offer students the opportunity to better understandcontemporary maritime security challenges such as piracy, illegal fishing, cyber threats, etc. and the respective responses delivered by a variety of state and non-state actors. The module will also aim to explore the typology of maritime security challenges, utilising case studies of the existing ‘hot spots’ at the global level aiming to highlight that local distinctiveness is a critical factor for the transferability of responses.

  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) - Part 1

    At the Postgraduate Diploma stage, students study three modules. The first of these, in Year One, is:

    • Privatisation of International Security: The central aims of the module are to provide specialist study on the privatisation of International Security with a specific focus on the maritime domain. It will offer students the opportunity to better understand the push-pull factors which led to the privatisation of security and highlight the allocation of security provision tasks to the private industry, which were hitherto perceived as a state obligation and monopoly. The module will explore potential differences between land based and maritime companies, in terms of governance, their securitised space of action and typology of business tasks.

     

Overview

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) – Part 2

The Postgraduate Diploma stage continues in Year Two with two further modules:

  • Complexity in Protective Security and Resilience
  • Environment, Conflict, and Sustainability
Masters (MA)

The final stage of the MA is a dissertation on a subject of your choice, supervised by a subject expert from the Centre, for Trust, Peace and Social Relations.

A final workshop is offered at the beginning of the Research Design in CTPSR module, to provide training in research methods and should help you to prepare for your dissertation.

Modules

  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) – Part 2

    • Complexity in Protective Security and Resilience: This module is designed with the aim to critically explore the complex issues impacting on protective security approaches in urban, maritime and aviation contexts. It is designed with the aim to to critically analyse these complexities in the context of threats, governance (jurisdictional/governmental/organisations), geography (location/physicality of sites), and people (public/private) and the interconnections and dependencies that exist between all of these components. The module aims to utilise detailed case studies to stimulate thinking and discussion, and seeks to do so in a manner that allows for interoperability in similar contexts internationally. The module then aims to explores the different theoretical and applied approaches (physical, people, procedural, personal, ad cyber) that policy makers and practitioners can use to understand, counter and mitigate these complexities.
    • Environment, Conflict and Sustainability: This interdisciplinary module aims to examine the complex interactions of natural resources, environment, conflict, development and peace on land and at sea. It aims to look at key theories and concepts in the area such as ‘resource curse,’ ‘extractivism,’ ‘environmental justice’ and ‘political ecology.’ It also encourages studentsto analyse specific conflicts and to identifychallenges and opportunities for equitable natural resource governance towards sustainable peace and development. The module will provide you with an opportunity to use analytical tools from multiple perspectives including politics, sociology, political economy and geography to encourage critical reflection about contemporary debates on resource conflict, natural resource governance and environmental peacebuilding.

  • Masters (MA)

    • Research Design in CTPSR: This module is designed with the aim to enable you to learn how to carefully design and plan your research. You will be asked to identify the appropriate methodology and methods for your chosen project, be taught the difference about distinct types of research questions, and encouraged to gain an understanding of research ethics.
    • Dissertation in CTPSR: This module is designed with the aim to enable you to write an extended piece of written work entailing independent study and the use of appropriate research techniques and source materials – your dissertation. The dissertation may consist of a critical evaluation of literature, of a reassessment of evidence, of an evaluation of particular approaches or techniques, or of a limited piece of original or applied research. The dissertation should build on the foundation provided by the Maritime Security taught modules and may involve either the fuller development of subject matter and techniques encountered in the taught programme or the exploration of new areas and techniques appropriate to the overall programme of study.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • You can complete an MA in 16 months with accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). For those with 5 years+ working experience in a relevant field, you could gain one-third of your Master’s degree credits in recognition of what you’ve already achieved, through our APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) route.
  • Complete a Postgraduate Certificate in 8 months or a Postgraduate Diploma in 16 months. Our course can be studied at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Level, with the opportunity to stop, pause or progress between stages. Whilst most complete a full Master’s degree with us, many students choose to pause after the first or second stage, graduating and continuing their careers with ‘PGCert’ or ‘PGDip’ after their name.
  • Study wherever you are, whilst working. We aim to provide the flexibility of studying online and through short residential workshops where you can have the opportunity to meet, network and be taughtwith peers in a diverse range of roles around the world. Often the biggest barrier to taking a Master’s degree is balancing it with your employment – our blended-learning, part-time courses are designed for busy professionals, which should allow you to work and study.
  • An international network of professionals. Access to a network of practitioners currently working in roles related to peacebuilding internationally, as well as a large team of current researchers and practitioners working in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations.
  • A distinctive, international course led by world-leading experts. A pioneering programme of study delivered by current active international researchers. Our courses aim to be global, from the content of the programme and the staff leading them, to the diverse backgrounds of our participants.
  • Inspired by our city. Our courses are founded in and inspired by the heritage of Coventry, the UK’s City of Peace and Reconciliation. Further, our courses are developed by Coventry University, ranked 15th in the Guardian’s University Guide (2020) and Times Modern University of the Year 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • Practice-focused. A blend of academic knowledge and practical skills aims to enhance your practice and further your career.

Our blended learning Maritime Security courses aims to combine residential workshops in Coventry and interactive online learning, making them ideal for people who need to integrate their studies with family or work commitments.

Online modules are provided through the virtual learning environment (Moodle) to facilitate communication between staff and students, and between students. You will have access to Coventry University’s library, including its digital resources and library support for distance learners.

Extensive coursework feedback and support from the programme team will be provided. CTPSR also has PGT (Postgraduate Teaching) Ambassadors who provide more general support.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods, which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, tests, essays and project work. They may also include exams, individual assignment or work group elements.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include

What our students say...

I found the programme to be very well-tailored and delivered for the students with respect to widening their scope and knowledge on the maritime domain.

Ahmed Hersi, MA Maritime Security (Alumnus)

Entry Requirements

All applications will be evaluated individually with admissions decisions made by CTPSR. Admission decisions are based on the entry criteria elaborated below and an evaluation of the required application documents. Ordinarily, the minimum entry criteria for each stage (PGCert, PGDip & MA) of the Maritime Security programme are as follows:

Applicants should hold a 2:2 or above degree (or equivalent international grade/qualification), from a recognised University, preferably in a social science subject (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Security Studies, International Relations, Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, etc.).

For non-UK applicants, the entry requirement is English language proficiency at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Where applicants do not hold up-to-date IELTS certification, we will look at whether an applicant has previously studied and successfully completed a Higher Education qualification in English. Where an applicant does not hold such a qualification entry will be at the discretion of the Course Director and subject to a review of documentation and an interview. Please call or email our team if you have questions about this requirement – contact details below.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning:

To be eligible for AP(E)L an applicant must have a minimum of five (5) years evidenced working experience in a o Maritime Security and be operating at the level of mid-management or above at the time of application, or have operated within a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above within 12 months of the time of application. An eligible applicant seeking AP(E)L will be assessed by a portfolio and admissions interview, alongside their capacity to complete the programme successfully.

For further information on eligibility and the application process please email study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk.

*Relevant fields are shipping (industry, insurance, legal services, risk management); security (navies, coastguards, marine police, privately contracted); governmental and non-governmental organisations (foreign policy, international development, environmental, security policy, marine); maritime education (lecturers, teaching, instructors). Other roles and experience outside of these specific fields may be considered. Contact our team if you would like any further information on this on the contact details below.

 

How to Apply

Prior to submitting an application please ensure you have the following supporting documents ready to upload:

*this must be sent directly by the referee to study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk. Please ensure you read the guidance which can be found under the entry requirements section, particularly if you wish to apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL – Please see section ‘Entry Requirements’ above).


For further information:

Dr Heather Baggaley

Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 2477659059

study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

All applications will be evaluated individually with admissions decisions made by CTPSR. Admission decisions are based on the entry criteria elaborated below and an evaluation of the required application documents. Ordinarily, the minimum entry criteria for each stage (PGCert, PGDip & MA) of the Maritime Security programme are as follows:

Applicants should hold a 2:2 or above degree (or equivalent international grade/qualification), from a recognised University, preferably in a social science subject (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Security Studies, International Relations, Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, etc.).

For non-UK applicants, the entry requirement is English language proficiency at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Where applicants do not hold up-to-date IELTS certification, we will look at whether an applicant has previously studied and successfully completed a Higher Education qualification in English. Where an applicant does not hold such a qualification entry will be at the discretion of the Course Director and subject to a review of documentation and an interview. Please call or email our team if you have questions about this requirement – contact details below.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning:

To be eligible for AP(E)L an applicant must have a minimum of five (5) years evidenced working experience in a o Maritime Security and be operating at the level of mid-management or above at the time of application, or have operated within a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above within 12 months of the time of application. An eligible applicant seeking AP(E)L will be assessed by a portfolio and admissions interview, alongside their capacity to complete the programme successfully.

For further information on eligibility and the application process please email study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk.

*Relevant fields are shipping (industry, insurance, legal services, risk management); security (navies, coastguards, marine police, privately contracted); governmental and non-governmental organisations (foreign policy, international development, environmental, security policy, marine); maritime education (lecturers, teaching, instructors). Other roles and experience outside of these specific fields may be considered. Contact our team if you would like any further information on this on the contact details below.

 

How to Apply

Prior to submitting an application please ensure you have the following supporting documents ready to upload:

*this must be sent directly by the referee to study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk. Please ensure you read the guidance which can be found under the entry requirements section, particularly if you wish to apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL – Please see section ‘Entry Requirements’ above).


For further information:

Dr Heather Baggaley

Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 2477659059

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 or above. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

All applications will be evaluated individually with admissions decisions made by CTPSR. Admission decisions are based on the entry criteria elaborated below and an evaluation of the required application documents. Ordinarily, the minimum entry criteria for each stage (PGCert, PGDip & MA) of the Maritime Security programme are as follows:

Applicants should hold a 2:2 or above degree (or equivalent international grade/qualification), from a recognised University, preferably in a social science subject (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Security Studies, International Relations, Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, etc.).

For non-UK applicants, the entry requirement is English language proficiency at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Where applicants do not hold up-to-date IELTS certification, we will look at whether an applicant has previously studied and successfully completed a Higher Education qualification in English. Where an applicant does not hold such a qualification entry will be at the discretion of the Course Director and subject to a review of documentation and an interview. Please call or email our team if you have questions about this requirement – contact details below.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning:

To be eligible for AP(E)L an applicant must have a minimum of five (5) years evidenced working experience in a o Maritime Security and be operating at the level of mid-management or above at the time of application, or have operated within a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above within 12 months of the time of application. An eligible applicant seeking AP(E)L will be assessed by a portfolio and admissions interview, alongside their capacity to complete the programme successfully.

For further information on eligibility and the application process please email study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk.

*Relevant fields are shipping (industry, insurance, legal services, risk management); security (navies, coastguards, marine police, privately contracted); governmental and non-governmental organisations (foreign policy, international development, environmental, security policy, marine); maritime education (lecturers, teaching, instructors). Other roles and experience outside of these specific fields may be considered. Contact our team if you would like any further information on this on the contact details below.

 

How to Apply

Prior to submitting an application please ensure you have the following supporting documents ready to upload:

*this must be sent directly by the referee to study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk. Please ensure you read the guidance which can be found under the entry requirements section, particularly if you wish to apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL – Please see section ‘Entry Requirements’ above).


For further information:

Dr Heather Baggaley

Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 2477659059

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 or above. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

What our students say...

My experience of the MA with Coventry was a very rewarding year and I am delighted to highly recommend the programme to anyone looking to develop their knowledge and enhance their career prospects in this specialised field.

Ahmed Hersi, MA Maritime Security (Alumnus)

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Fee


September 2020

£8,700 (MA)
£5,800 (PGDip)
£2,900 (PGCert) (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2020

£8,700 (MA)
£5,800 (PGDip)
£2,900 (PGCert) (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2020

£8,700 (MA) (per year)


What our students say...

The MA in Maritime Security at CTPSR is at the forefront of research in this complex sector. My experience of the MA with Coventry was a very rewarding year and I am delighted to highly recommend the programme to anyone looking to develop their knowledge and enhance their career prospects in this specialised field.

Jordan Wylie, Extreme Adventurer | Charity Ambassador, MA Maritime Security (Alumnus), MA Maritime Security (Alumnus).

Career prospects

The MA in Maritime Security is a pioneering course that can offer an unparalleled opportunity to gain a deeper insight through both theoretical and practical perspectives of the present security challenges at sea. The course is currently taught by experts in the field of Maritime Security and is informed by their research. The programme is also evolving alongside these challenges and our teaching aims to reflect that.

The course seeks to create a learning community where ideas can discussed amongst academic staff, alumni, and current students, lasting well beyond the timespan of the academic programme itself.

These are the benefits that the MA in Maritime Security can offer you, and should thus enhance your career prospects in the following ways. If you are already a practitioner, you will be offered the opportunity to broaden your professional network, which should be useful to you in the workplace, whilst also gaining a formal accredited postgraduate qualification, which may be required for further progression in your career.

If you are interested in Maritime Security, this course aims to equip you with the skills commonly needed to work for a broad range of organisations, including international non-government organisations, multinational government organisations like the United Nations, regional communities such as the European Union or the Economic Community of West African states, the shipping industry, oil and gas, think tanks and academia.

What our students say...

I found the programme to be very well-tailored and delivered for the students with respect to widening their scope and knowledge on the maritime domain.

Ahmed Hersi, MA Maritime Security (Alumnus)
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.