Operation and Management of Maritime Systems

With beginning of the winter semester 2008/2009 the new fundamental Master’s degree course “Operation and Management of Maritime Systems” began at the Department of Maritime Studies in Rostock-Warnemünde. It does not require an final degree with maritime background. The lectures are provided in English language.

The Master's degree course "Operation and Management of Maritime Systems" consists of nine compulsory modules and eight elective modules (from which two have to be chosen). The contents of the compulsory modules are especially orientated towards the priorities of safe and effective operation, legal and economical aspects as well as softskills. The elective modules offer the possibility to acquire special knowledge in the nautical, technical or economical field.

The Master degree is a second university degree and offers also for graduates of technical colleges the possibility for further doctoral degree.

Additional  advantages of the Master's final degree are clear to see. The graduate gains a better overview of the universal picture in terms of maritime systems due to the Master's degree course in Rostock-Warnemünde. Thereby the personal market value as well as the application advantage in terms of job advertisement can increase – compared with those of graduates of a Bachelor's degree course.

For the consecutive Master's degree course no tuition fees are charged. It is an application-orientated full-time presence-course of studies with a duration of studies of three semesters. The lectures are provided in English language. The Master's degree course concludes with the degree “Master of Science (M.Sc.)”.

Please note the information on the page "Closing date for application".

Job profile

The job description and the areas of profession in maritime economy are subject to the change of the time like everything else. The knowledge provided in the Master’s degree course “Operation and Management of Maritime Systems” prepares the graduate excellent for starting work life in leadership positions, where advanced knowledge, lateral economic thinking and soft skills are essential.

Studying the Master’s degree course “Operation and Management of Maritime Systems” in Warnemünde means to prepare specific for a career in the maritime industry.

The professional areas of the Master’s degree course’s graduates are to be found in the marine and port sector (for example shipping companies, port operation companies and maritime service providers), in the maritime industry (for example shipyards, component suppliers and in the field of offshore business), in the maritime orientated training and further education and in the field of senior services in public administration.

The future area of profession might be in management, in the strategic level of decision-making preparations or in the specific operational service.


PM 01
Safety, Security and Ecology in Maritime Systems

PM 02
Technical Aspects and Simulation of Maritime Systems

PM 03
Human Resources/Organisational Management

PM 04
Maritime Business Communication

PM 05
Maritime Management/Port Operations

PM 06
Management and Business Simulation

WPM 01
Maritime Law

WPM 02
Integrated Manoeuvring/Propulsion and Navigation Systems

WPM 03
Operation, Monitoring & Maintenance of Technical Systems

WPM 04
Operational & Strategic Management in Shipbuilding

PM 07

PM =    Compulsory module
WPM = Elective module

Two elective modules have to be chosen out of the four. The elective modules give the possibility to deepen and to complement the curriculum to the individual focus. An elective module will be on if at least five students have chosen this module.

In case of questions regarding the course of study and the content of your studies, please contact Professor Omar.

Study objectives

The objective of the Master programme is the graduation with the academic degree Master. The studies of the consecutive Master programme “Operation and Management of Maritime Systems” concludes with the degree “Master of Science (M.Sc.)”.

The goal is to qualify graduates:

     > have a broad scientific base and specialist knowledge necessary for the transition to professional practice,

     > have analytical, networked thinking skills in the development of solutions to technical, economic and organizational problems,

     > are able to cooperate with professional colleagues and other professionals in the maritime sector, to seek solutions in the critical discourse, to work in a team and to convincingly represent their work to the outside world

     > are able to act methodically and independently, socially responsible and environmentally conscious.

The course of study aims to prepare for executive functions in the area of maritime systems in a professional, application-oriented and methodical way. Building on a first qualifying degree in an either economic or engineering course of study knowledge and ability for the management of maritime systems are deepened.

The main focus is on safe and efficient management of these systems, the economical, logistical and legal frameworks and connections as well as the area of soft skills.

Based on the managers tasks of a maritime company or a company related to the maritime industry you are given the ability to apply scientific methods and ways of working – next to the necessary special knowledge for your transition to professional life. Correspondingly the education is focused on independent scientific work.

The students are expected to be able to creatively develop alternative actions by themselves or in teams and to choose the optimal action alternative under consideration of the company’s targets and enforce those - based on their own analysis. The training needed therefore is made on the one hand in laboratory and simulator tutorials and on the other hand by processing case studies and complex projects in small groups.

The concept of the studies represents high demands on the students in terms of motivation, initiative and independence. Especially during processing case studies in small groups the students are placed in unusual situations to get used open and creatively to new conditions. At the same time social skills and communicative competences are encouraged.

At the end of studies the students should oversee the connections between their subject areas during studies and be able to analyze specific circumstances in a pragmatic and independent way and to evaluate solutions scientifically sound and to enforce those.

Student advisory service


Master of Science

Beginning of the course

Each winter semester

Duration of studies

3 semesters