Five year anniversary of vital maritime security research at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Tuesday 20 June 2017

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The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) is celebrating five years of research into the developing arena of maritime security.  This research specialism has grown in scope and importance during this period with an evolving understanding of the interrelated issues that affect all aspects of the maritime domain.

To celebrate the five year anniversary of the Centre's research in this field the centre is offering five special bursaries to study on our postgraduate courses in Maritime Security from September.

The postgraduate qualifications in Maritime Security range from Postgraduate Certificate to Masters level, with programmes lasting from 8 to 24 months.  These blended learning courses are predominantly delivered online enabling experienced professionals to continue in their careers whilst gaining valuable skills and insight and also support recent graduates preparing to progress into a position in Maritime Security.

These bursaries highlight the strong connection between the work of our research active staff in this field, the current and pressing events and situations that they are investigating and our courses, which are informed and developed in line with this vibrant and specialised knowledge base.

As emphasised by Ioannis Chapsos, Course Director for our Maritime Postgraduate Programme; “We are very excited to be able to offer these special bursaries to be able to join courses this year.  Our team are extremely proud of the work that we have achieved in the last five years in the Maritime domain and we are very keen to share our skills and expertise with a diverse and talented cohort of students.”

These opportunities are open to all students and decisions will be based on the calibre of the applications received.  Three MA Maritime Security bursaries are available worth a 1/3 tuition fee reduction; whilst there are two PG Cert Maritime Security bursaries amounting to a 50% fee reduction.

CTPSR works with key organisations in the sector on understanding and responding to some of the most pressing challenges such as piracy, trafficking, illegal fishing and port security. Co-operation with organisations such as the International Organization of Migration Indonesia, The Royal Navy and The Nautical Institute evidence the expertise and professional status of the Centre’s Maritime Security team.

The significance of this work has been further exemplified by the publication of a key international report in collaboration with the IOM Indonesia and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.  This research exposed the extent of human trafficking in the illegal fishing industry in Indonesia, where thousands of victims were enslaved by criminal networks on board fishing vessels.

The importance of the Centre’s work was shown by this endorsement from Mrs Susi Pudjiastuti, the Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries as:“…the first and only comprehensive and critical report which depicts the human trafficking and forced labour in the fishing industry situation in Indonesia.” She stressed that it could “...become a reference for cross-sectoral stakeholders in developing systems and regulations, in order to prevent and eradicate human trafficking in the fishing industry.”

To find out more and apply now for one of these bursaries for our Maritime Security postgraduate courses visit or contact

All applications must be received by 28 July 2017 and all applicants for the funding must also complete an application form for the appropriate course.