Delivery and duration

The programme is delivered over 13 months of study, commencing September 2015. 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 will 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. Detailed programme of studies of 2015/6 is available at the Faculty of Laws webpage.

 Ocean Governance

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University of Malta, Valletta Campus
St Paul Street VLT 1216
Tel: +356 2340 7501/2
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