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National System of the Education and MET

Academic MET

1 Hochschule Bremen (University of Applied Sciences), Centre of Maritime Studies

Approximately 8 000 students enroll in 70 degree courses in areas such as engineering, natural sciences, economics and social sciences; about two-thirds are required to complete semesters of study or praxis abroad. Foundational degree courses immediately follow secondary education and offer the initial Bachelor degree while post-graduate opportunities for further study offer the more in-depth and expanded qualification of Master degree.


 2 Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences - Technology, Business and Design

Faculty of Engineering:

Engineering sciences deal with research, technical development, design engineering as well as production engineering in various fields of application.  

On the one hand, we house the traditional engineering sciences such as Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. In addition, modern lines of development, for instance Multimedia Engineering or Process and Environmental Engineering have also established themselves in our Faculty.
Our Faculty also includes Maritime Studies, but this department is located in Warnemünde.

The Faculty is divided in accordance with its profile into the Departments of Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Mechanical, Process and Environmental Engineering as well as Maritime Studies.

Wismar Business School:

Wismar Business School offers a broad range of business degree courses, most of which are also available as distance study courses. These include Business Administration, Business Information Technology, Commercial Law, Tax and Business Consulting as well as Digital Logistics and Management. 

The practice-oriented, interdisciplinary approach adopted by the University regularly results in the achievement of top places in university rankings. 
The basic philosophy behind the activities of the University of Wismar is characterised by entrepreneurialism across many faculties.

Design Faculty:

Architecture, Interior Design, Architectural Lighting Design, Visual Communication and Media Design, Product Design as well as Jewellery Design are among the focal courses of study offered by the Faculty. 

Since bringing the existing degree courses together under one faculty roof in 2007, an integral perception of design, art and architecture is represented without relinquishing the autonomy and quality of each course.
One focal point of the training lies in the draft and project assignment to be completed by each student individually. The students receive intensive support and guidance from the tutors, some of which is on a one-to-one basis.

A further quality feature of the course is to be found in the broad spectrum of subjects in design, art, handicrafts and technology as well as in scientific disciplines.  Many of the lectures offered in the various degree courses are open to students from the other respective courses of study in design. In addition to this opportunity granted to students to attend such interdisciplinary teaching sessions, these efforts are also expressed in joint projects, such as the annual exhibition DIA, the Faculty Year Book, the series of lectures entitled DIAlog and the touring exhibition DIA.


 3 Jade University of Applied Sciences Wilhelmshaven Oldenburg Elsfleth, Department of Maritime Studies, Elsfleth





International Logistics Management (ILM) is a course offering an academic foundation with a practically oriented focus, leading to a Bachelor of Science qualifying you to work in the international shipping business. ILM is an international course of study with two integrated semesters spent abroad. A “dual qualification” is possible, allowing students to graduate with a joint bachelor degree from both Elsfleth and the University of Applied Science in Vlissingen (Flushing). The normal length of the degree course is seven semesters.

The last of four semesters of basic studies is spent overseas at one of our partner universities (in  Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, South Africa or Hong Kong, for example), and is followed by practical semester (work placement) within a foreign company. The bachelor thesis which completes the course maintains the practical relevance, since it is normally written in co-operation with a company. The interchange of academic and applied ideas is of benefit to both student and company.

The aim of the course is to produce graduates with interdisciplinary managerial competence, able to work at the economic and technical interface within the complex field of the shipping business.


Career prospects

Particular attention is given to ongoing changes in the world economy. Increased productivity in developing national economies; changes in the division of labour, the globalisation of markets, obligatory specialisation on the one hand and an ever-increasing variety of products on the other – all these characterise this radical change in the economy. A particular aspect of this development is “just in time” production”, a system in which the in-house manufacturing depth is reduced while at the same time suppliers deliver single parts to be used in the production process punctually, i.e. just in time. All these factors have led to an increase in transport volumes, but also to smaller batches for delivery, which in turn has led to a disproportionate increase in individual shipments by all carriers and on all modes of transport. This development means that the logistic operations of a company are increasingly seen as key competencies.

Our ILM graduates have found jobs with the following companies:

  • Logistics companies (e.g. Kühne & Nagel, Stute Verkehrs GmbH, Buss Ports + Logistics, EXEL) 

  • Freight forwarding and transport companies (e.g. Hapag Lloyd, Kraftverkehr Nagel, P&O Nedlloyd, Rickmers, Ahrenkiel)

  • The logistics departments of industrial and business corporations (e.g. Tchibo, TotalFinaElf, Philips, Volkswagen)

  • Consultancy firms/financial service providers (e.g. Nordcapital)

  • Transport authorities/associations (e.g. Chamber of Industry and Commerce)

    In view of the continuing above-average growth expected in the international transport business, the career prospects for ILM graduates are excellent.

    The bachelor degree can be followed by a Master’s degree in Maritime Management.




    This practically oriented degree course with an academic base leads to a B.Sc. in Maritime Economics and Logistics. It should appeal to students with an interest in languages, economics, and technology and leads to positions of responsibility in a range of fields at home and abroad.

    The normal length of the degree course is seven semesters (210 ECTS), including a practical semester (work placement) and an internship. A semester at one of our partner universities (New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, South Africa or Hong Kong, for example) can be integrated into the basic studies. The bachelor thesis which completes the course will be written during the second work placement, usually in close co-operation with a company. This is a mutually profitable exchange.

    Persons with a Master’s certificate who completed their degree in Nautical Science in Elsfleth or at an equivalent institution can, after having served as officers at sea, continue their studies with Maritime Management in Elsfleth and finish in three to four semesters.

    Our aim is to train interdisciplinary specialists for positions of leadership at the interface between business and technology in the complex area that is the shipping business.


    Career prospects

    International analysis of staffing needs has shown that university graduates with specialist knowledge at the interface between modern technology and management have very good career prospects in this field. Maritime Economics and Port Management are particularly relevant in Germany with its strong orientation towards the export of goods. Growing productivity in growing economies, ever-increasing division of labour, globalisation of markets, obligatory specialisation, and also a growing variety of products, are characteristic factors leading to radical economic change. This in turn leads to increased transport volumes, but also to smaller consignments, and therefore to a disproportionate increase in individual shipments, particularly seaborne ones.

    Our Maritime Economics/Port Management graduates have found employment with the following companies in particular:

  • Shipping companies (e.g. Hamburg Süd, P&O Nedlloyd, Hapag Lloyd, Maersk, Columbia Ship Management, OOCL, E.R. Schifffahrt)

  • Port and warehousing companies (e.g. HHLA, BLG, NTB, Eurogate, LHG)

  • Logistics companies (e.g. IDS, Rhenus, Schenker, Kühne&Nagel, Hellmann, L.I.T., Dachser)

  • Consulting firms (e.g. HPC, Fistec, Logo-Team)

  • Transport and Industrial firms (e.g. Volkswagen, Ford, Lufthansa, Tchibo)

    Since everything points to above-average growth in international transport, our graduates in this field will have excellent career prospects world-wide.

    It is possible to follow the Bachelor qualification with a Master’s degree.




    Nautical science studies are appropriate for young people interested in a future in commanding ships. An aptitude for technology and management and an interest in shipmates from other countries and cultures would be of advantage.

    In addition to nautical subjects, our degree course covers science, law, and economics, leading to an academic qualification as a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in addition to the certificate of competency for navigational officers.


    After the German “Abitur” (general qualification for university entrance) or the “Fachhochschulreife” (qualification for entrance to a university of applied science), or its equivalent, there are various routes to the acquisition of a certificate of competency for international shipping:

  • through training to become a ship’s mechanic or assistant nautical officer, followed by six semesters at a university of applied science

  • through studying for eight semesters, two of which are integrated practical semesters, at a university of applied science

    Interview with Students of Nautical Science (German)


    Nautical science studies cover a wide range of subjects, with particular emphasis on technical aspects. In the first three semesters of the core curriculum the basics of maths, physics, law, English, economics and chemistry will be dealt with, in addition to introductory classes in applied subjects such as classical navigation, ship safety, computer science and employment law.

    Building on these basics, the main studies cover the specific subjects necessary for working as a captain. Among these are the subjects relating to commanding a ship (technical navigation, manoeuvring, meteorology, traffic law, introductory exercises on the ship simulator) and loading cargo (ship stability and strength, loading technology, dangerous goods, shipping law) and subjects such as man management and shipping economics which are aimed at ship operation management.

    Electives are offered in either nautical science/technology or economics/law and here it is possible to concentrate on specific areas. In the final semester, extensive simulator exercises and the bachelor thesis complete the degree course. Training voyages on board the sail-training ship Grossherzogin Elisabeth are an integral part of the course, and take place in the 4th or 7th semesters, offering the opportunity to consolidate theory in practice.


    Career Prospects

    The following areas of operation come within the scope of ships’ officers’ and masters’ competences:

  • ship management, which includes navigation and manoeuvring, using and monitory technical equipment on the bridge

  • cargo operations, including monitoring the ship’s seaworthiness and cargo capability, planning and monitoring of cargo operations, carrying out instructions of ship owner and cargo-interested parties

  • ship operations, including duty of care in relation to crew and passengers, man management, planning and carrying out assignment of labour and training on board ship

    Since everything points to continuing above-average growth in international shipping, and German trained officers enjoy an international reputation for quality, career prospects in this field are excellent. It is possible to follow the Bachelor qualification with a Master's degree.




    This is a three-semester course, two of which are theoretical and one practical. Students can choose between the profiles Economics and Logistics, or Planning and the Environment. It is a full-time, non consecutive course. In the first semester the basics of economics, law, and methodology will be covered. In the second semester studies take on an individual profile as the students become part of a current research project. The Master thesis which completes the course is normally written in cooperation with a company, a mutually beneficial arrangement.


    Career Prospects

    As above-average growth in the field of international transport is expected to continue long term, excellent career opportunities worldwide will be open to Maritime Management graduates. There is already great interest among

  • port and business enterprises

  • maritime service companies

  • logistics departments of industrial and trading companies

  • senior maritime administrators such as the maritime emergency taskforce

    consulting firms




    Key facts

    Certificate: M.Sc. (90 credit points)

    Duration:             9 units (1.5 years full-time)

    Flexibility: individual approach, interruptions possible

    Place of study: wherever you want!

    Language: English

    Attendance:3 times in Elsfleth (Germany), 10 days in total

    Start: every semester (in March and September) from September 2015

    Fees: tuition fees and unit fees


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The significance of ships as a means of transport is growing. Proof of this is also provided on the doorstep of the University itself in Wilhelmshaven, where the JadeWeserPort is currently under construction. That’s why lots of companies and port operators need qualified people with expertise in the economic and technical specifics of port management. The Elsfleth campus is the only place in Germany that trains these specialists. The course is called Maritime Economics and Port Management, and it’s not only shipping lines and port companies that hire our graduates. Global players such as Volkswagen, Ford or Tchibo are also interested in our MEPM students.


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