Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMLSM520
Course Unit DetailsMA/LLM Maritime Law and Shipping Management (Master's Dissertation) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated30
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and focus on specific research questions and aims which have theoretical or applied interest.
  2. Develop, present and execute the method of approach to provide answers to the above questions.
  3. Acquire in depth knowledge in the chosen area of study and show ability to critically discuss the relevant material in a comprehensive literature review.
  4. Review the results of the study drawing incisive conclusions and presenting creative recommendations.
  5. Work successfully alone and demonstrated adequate initiative and time management skills, while making optimum use of supervision.
  6. Make good use of the latest information technology in the process of reviewing the area of study, executing the methodology of research and analyzing the results.
  7. Present and defend a concise project report following the Dissertation Guidelines.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents
The MA Thesis will have the form of an original research project that includes data collection and processing (theoretical, interpretational and applied research).

Although determining the exact length of the dissertation is not possible since the quality evaluation criteria lie within the dissertation content and depth, the expected extend is set around 15,000 words, excluding Tables of Contents, Annexes, Appendixes and References.  
When completed (with the consent of the Thesis Advisor) the Dissertation must be submitted in three copies, 15 days before the examination period of the semester

Recommended and/or required reading:
    No specific textbook required
    Planned learning activities and teaching methodsPreparatory work for the Dissertation begins during the third semester of studies along with the module with the Code Name: Research Methodology. Part of the students’ obligations is to submit a research proposal which will be elaborated and developed into their MSc Dissertation. Students can enroll for their Dissertation after completing 60 ECTS and allocated an Advisor. Regular meetings between the Advisor and student regarding progress on the student’s work will take place during the semester, before final submission.
    Assessment methods and criteria
    Dissertation 100%
    Language of instructionEnglish
    Work placement(s)NO