Post Graduate Degree: Master of Arts in Ocean Governance

This Master’s degree programme on Ocean Governance being offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute is unique in its approach – it aims to forge a knowledge base that is essentially legal but which also delves into the natural and social sciences to determine how an effective regulatory framework should operate. The Master’s in Ocean Governance serves to further enhance the development of learning and research in the field of marine resource management and maritime security from a multidisciplinary perspective. In this era of globalization and sectoral integration, capacity building in the regulation of ocean governance plays a pivotal role in ensuring safe and healthy oceans for the benefit of humankind and the planet.


The programme is delivered over 13 months of study, commencing each October and the degree is delivered at the Valletta campus of the University of Malta in Malta, Europe. The programme is coordinated by the Environmental and Resources Department within the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta, and is supported by: The Department of International Law (Faculty of Laws), the Institute of Earth Systems, the Department of Biology (Faculty of Science) and the International Ocean Institute. The taught component of the programme is composed of 12 Study Units that address the following topics:

  • The Contemporary Definition of Ocean Governance
  • The Marine Environment: biological patterns, processes & resources
  • Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods
  • Marine Resource Economics & Fundamentals of Sustainability
  • Earth Observation of marine/coastal processes and trends
  • The Law of the Sea
  • International Marine Dispute Settlement
  • Regulating Sustainable Use of the Oceans
  • Regulation & Governance for the Conservation of Living Marine Resources
  • Contemporary Threats to Maritime Security
  • The Human Element of Maritime Crime: Migrant Smuggling, Human Trafficking & Stowaways
  • Ocean Policy Making: a practical exercise coordinated by the IOI that provides learning through the application of tools elaborated upon in the other study units.
  • A research component which comprises the writing of a dissertation (approx. 25,000 words) on a topic related to ocean governance chosen by the student, as approved by the Master’s degree programme Board of Studies.

Each study unit within the taught component has a value of 5 ECTS. The research topic has a value of 30 ECTS. Total credit value of the programme is 90 ECTS. The detailed programme is available at the Faculty of Laws web page.


Admission requirements: The entry requirement for this programme is a first cycle degree in an area of study which the Board of Studies considers as appropriate, provided that the first cycle degree is obtained with a Second Class Honours or better classification, or an equivalent qualification.


Please visit the dedicated University of Malta website for detailed academic information and online applications (


Application for Scholarships for forthcoming MA degrees courses in Ocean Governance 


The International Masters Programmes at the Valletta Campus of the University of Malta offer high quality post-graduate degrees. Participants enrolling in the MA in Ocean Governance are provided with the training and tools that can offer graduates a competitive edge in the market. The tuition fee for this prestigious, full-time, postgraduate programme is 13,500 Euro.


For the coming academic year the University of Malta is pleased to offer a partial scholarship of 4,000 Euros to the first 15 accepted students. The scholarship is open to all applicants who receive a conditional or unconditional offer to study for this course at the University of Malta.


To qualify for this partial scholarship, candidates must not be in receipt of a full scholarship (tuition fees and living costs) from another sponsoring institution or organisation. However, an applicant who holds a partial scholarship from another institution may also be considered for the University of Malta partial scholarship. Students shall be entitled to only one partial scholarship from the University of Malta.


Partial scholarships awarded by the University of Malta will take the form of a reduction in the total tuition fee due for the course


The IOI is committed to furthering education and capacity building in Ocean Governance globally and regionally and in this spirit aims to make available ONE (1) scholarship to cover the tuition fee for a successful candidate to attend the Master of Arts in Ocean Governance at the University of Malta for academic year 2016-17.


The selection of the sponsored student will be made through  application and an interview by a selection panel made up of representatives of the University of Malta and the MAOG teaching faculty. Applicants for this scholarship must be already in possession of a conditional or unconditional offer to study for this course at the University of Malta.


More information and a copy of the course flier may be obtained by contacting ioihq(at) or by clicking on the download link below.


Ocean Governance Flier.pdf
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2016-2017 Scholarship


One scholarship is being offered by the IOI, to cover the tuition fees associated with the Master of Arts Degree in Ocean Governance, commencing in October 2016. This MA degree held at the Valletta Campus of the University in Malta is being offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute as part of the University’s International Collaborative Programmes. 


Further details on the MA in Ocean Governance and the scholarship application form are available at the following links:;


The application deadline was the 27th June 2016.


For more information, please contact IOI HQ on ioihq(at)