MSc in Marine Engineering and Management

Program Profile

Qualification Awarded

MSc in Marine Engineering and Management

Level Of Qualification

Master’s Degree

Offered by

Interdepartmental: Department of Mechanical Engineering & Department of Maritime Transport and Commerce

Mode of Study

Full Time or Part Time

Approximately 90 per cent of the international trade in goods by volume is currently carried by sea, despite the development of other means of transport. Today’s seas are dotted with oil, cargo and passengers ships that are magnificently huge and complex. Most, if not all countries with strong economies have bustling ports with containers lined up neatly like Lego blocks. Thus, it is imperative that these ships work effectively and without a hitch. Any technical glitch or problems can cause a delay in shipment arrival dates and have an adverse effect on a business’s profit margins. More importantly, it can cost precious lives. The specification in marine engineering does not simply consist of ensuring the safety of the crews and passengers aboard these behemoths (large cruise ships, oil tankers etc), it also involves bringing these technological marvels to life from the drawing board. The important role that marine engineers play ensures that they will always be in demand globally.

Accordingly, the Programme covers all legal subjects that are necessary for a marine engineer at the same time, it prepares students to become ship managers. The proposed Postgraduate Degree aims to develop this combination of essential knowledge and skill-sets, much needed today in marine engineering.

The Programme includes, among others, the subjects of:
Fundamentals of Marine Engineering, Marine Mechanical Systems Construction and Maintenance, Marine Electrical Equipment Construction and Maintenance, Ship Performance at Sea and Maritime Safety, Marine Machinery Monitoring and Maintenance Modelling, Commercial  Management  of  Ships,  International  Maritime Law, Logistics and supply chain management. The aforementioned subjects are at the heart of the Programme and constitute an outstanding curriculum of academic credentials that is useful for any engineer who wishes to specialise in the shipping industry.

A wide range of opportunities, in demanding and challenging posts, is available to prospective graduates. The diversity of the maritime sector and subsector activities (forming the maritime industry), as well as of the world trade and transport includes many hundreds of large, medium and small firms (and many thousands operating internationally) all of them relying in varying degrees upon skilled and versatile professionals. In this context, our Programme has been carefully considered and designed to produce professionally competent and skillful engineers that are able to work at management and executive levels.

Indicatively, the sectors of society and the economy that will benefit from the added value of this Programme’s graduates are:

  • Ship management companies
  • Marine engineering firms
  • Naval forces
  • Offshore oil and gas industries
  • Architectural and boat-building firms
  • Transportation companies
  • Shipyards
  • Ports
  • Scientific services
  • Marine consultancy and survey agencies

It should be noted that the prospects of employment for the graduates of this Programme are excellent as shipping / ship management companies have a high demand for well-educated and trained marine engineers. Cyprus, as an established EU Member, is among the top maritime countries in the world and is already an established maritime and commercial business hub.

The marine engineers are highly favoured for employment in other associated marine industries, such as company superintendents, surveying, insurance and shipbroking. They are also highly favoured for other employment and career paths in industry besides the shipping industry. Amongst many, these include power stations, hospital engineering, and production line engineering.

All those need to be able to draw upon the same pool of well-educated people. It is also worth mentioning that the Programme is unique in Cyprus and one of the few offered worldwide.

The language of instruction is English

Key Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Programme, the students should be able  to:

  • develop engineering solutions to practical marine engineering problems
  • design, select, analyse and install marine propulsion and transmission systems
  • produce mathematical and computer modelling of marine machinery and engineering systems
  • design and analyse control systems for marine machinery
  • use mathematics and physics appropriate to marine technology
  • test design ideas through laboratory work or simulation with technical analysis
  • critically evaluate results
  • integrate and analyse information from a variety of sources concerning marine engineering aspects
  • apply tools and techniques relevant to various aspects of the shipping industry along with broad business skills required in managerial roles within the maritime and associated industries.
  • develop, implement and promote activities relevant to law, shipping business, international trade and shipping management by making good use of the combined knowledge from the aforementioned disciplines and critically assess the situations and phenomena of the shipping industry as educated professionals.
  • demonstrate the appropriate knowledge and application of methods required to proceed to a research degree (MPhil, PhD etc.).


Delivery and Duration

For the successful completion of the Programme, 90 ECTS are required. The program is offered in three semesters and each semester corresponds to 30 ECTS.  

The duration of the MSc Programme will be 14 months (i.e. three semesters) for full time or 36 months (i.e. six semesters) for part time attendance.


Program of Study Recognition

The program has been accredited by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CY.Q.A.A.)


Occupational Profiles of the Graduates

This MSc Programme is one of the few internationally to exclusively co-examine the two fields of management and engineering in shipping and, of course, unique in Cyprus and in the greater Hellenic shipping world. It is a major step towards the provision of an integrated legal, engineering in shipping and trading management education, to provide training of strong shipping executives in Cyprus. It is on these grounds that we believe that this Programme constitutes a strategic upgrade for Cyprus – giving our educational system a leading role in the academic and vocational education of shipping professionals.

This Program of Study offers a wide range of opportunities in demanding and challenging posts available to prospective graduates. The diversity of supporting activities within the highly dynamic legal, shipping and trading industry and its various sectors, consisting of many hundreds of large, medium and small firms, makes this choice possible. The needs of the private and public professional community will be served by comprehensively educating, at a graduate level, those who either already work in trade or its associated shipping business, or those seeking to enter   it.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Programme prepares students as future professionals who can function effectively in the complex business environment of the global marketplace. Graduates of this Programme will have a variety of career options, including high responsibility positions in marine engineering firms, naval forces, offshore oil and gas industries, mineral extraction companies, architectural and boat-building firms, transportation companies, shipyards, ports, scientific services, marine consultancy and survey agencies.

It is also expected that graduates who are already in employment enhance their career prospects and are prepared to face the challenges of a more demanding position. Other graduates will be able, if they so wish, to proceed to obtain professional or further academic qualifications (MPhil, PhD).


Links with Professional Bodies / Industry

The Department of Mechanical Engineering as well as the Department of Maritime Transport and Commerce has strong links with employers and professional bodies. Our students have always been encouraged to work during their studies and many of them do. Our Departments have cultivated extensive links with industry and can assist students in obtaining employment. Notable examples include the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, the Cyprus Union of Ship-owners, the Cyprus Shipping Association, the Cyprus Logistics Association, and CYMEPA. Hitherto major employers for our graduates are all the main Ship Management companies, like Marlow, Columbia and Internship, as well as major Ship Owners like Interorient. The Departments have a proven track record of near complete employment of our graduates, with some impressive young managers on their way to very promising careers in international Shipping Industry companies.

The Department of Maritime Transport and Commerce at FU maintains close links with the Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Our undergraduate Programme secures the maximum number of exemptions to the membership of these organisations.

In the field of Marine Engineering the Department of Maritime Transport and Commerce has established a strong link with the Limassol Branch of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). The IMarEST is an International Institute based in London. Students are encouraged to join this Institute, which is free to students, and gives access to both local and international bursaries and scholarships.

To enhance the understanding of ship stability, a very important element of ship operation, the University staff have designed and built a static ship model test tank, which is probably unique in Cyprus.

Our Departments have established strong links with several local shipping companies and ship repair facilities, such that visits can be arranged to ships, drydock and repair facilities, to enhance the learning experience. This arrangement has already led to several marine engineering students being offered placements for sea-going experience, required to qualify for the issue of professional licences required by International regulations (STCW) and the Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) of Cyprus.