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Maritime Security (PGDip)
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Maritime Security (PGDip)

Coventry University
Coventry, Great Britain
 1142 Points
1 Year, 4 Months

Program Description

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 are shaped by current research-active staff and real-world events. 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.

Entry Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree
Degree from State Technical Institute
English Level

Information about requirements:

  • 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.).
  • Detailed personal statement
  • Reference letter from a current/ former tutor and/ or line manager

More requirements:

  • Academic transcripts

Other accepted English qualifications and information:

  • SELT
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.


Privatisation of International Security

This module provides specialist study on the privatisation of International Security with a specific focus on the maritime domain. It offers 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.

Complexity in Protective Security and Resilience

This module is designed to critically explore the complex issues impacting on protective security approaches in urban, maritime and aviation contexts. It is designed 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 utilises 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 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 examines the complex interactions of natural resources, environment, conflict, development and peace on land and at sea. It looks at key theories and concepts in the area such as ‘resource curse,’ ‘extractivism,’ ‘environmental justice’ and ‘political ecology.’

It also encourages you to analyse specific conflicts and to identify challenges 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.


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

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