Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies

Postgraduate Diploma In Maritime Studies

The Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) offers a specialised Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies with a strong focus on Shipping Law, Maritime Economics and Customs and Excise.
The Programme is recommended for professionals in the Shipping Industry, including professionals consulting in International Trade Departments in Law and Accounting Firms, customs and excise professionals, and various public sector professionals involved in transport.

The Programme requires completion of eight modules, two of which are compulsory, i.e. Analysis of Sea Freight Markets and International Business Transactions in Shipping.

The balance of the required modules may be selected from a number of electives from a broad spread of modules in Shipping Law, Maritime & Port Economics and Customs and Excise. Students may select freely across elective modules.

To accommodate individuals who are in employment or outside the Durban area, students are generally required to attend a weekend lecture bundle generally consisting of a Friday evening and a full Saturday. Lectures are delivered by UKZN academics and shipping experts.

Working students are advised not to take more than two modules per semester. The duration of the Programme is one year full-time and two years part-time.

To be considered for the Programme the applicant should have a recognised undergraduate degree in Commerce, Law, Engineering or Science or an equivalent certificate of competence from a recognised maritime agency, such as full membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
  • 31 October for the first semester of the following year
  • 30 June for the second semester of the current year

Applications for Masters and PhD study by research are welcome. Prospective students may contact the Unit for further information.