Master of Science in Maritime Studies (Safety: The Human Element)

Master of Science in Maritime Studies (Safety: The Human Element)
Skills and Interests

You’re driven to protect the safety and survival of those working in the maritime sectors with strong evidence-based research and applied industry experience.

Work Environment

Academic institutions, researcher in marine-based industries, marine transport, firefighting, search and rescue, government, regulatory agencies, non-governmental organizations, or consulting.

Program Location:

Online or Marine Institute Campus, Ridge Road (St. John's)

Program Length:

15 credit hours + thesis


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Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  February 1
Winter Admission: June 1

For More Information:

Master of Science in Maritime Studies (Safety: The Human Element) brochure

Program Description

The degree of Master of Science in Maritime Studies (Safety: The Human Element) is a research-focused Master’s degree and is aimed at students who have demonstrated commitment and passion for safety and survival.

The program focuses on skills training that will empower students to conduct publication-quality research in safety and survival aspects of maritime studies. Students in the program will complete courses in maritime safety and survival research, statistics and research design, science communication for maritime studies, and human factors, and complete a thesis of original research.

Program Structure

Students will complete 12 credit hours of core course work to develop proficiencies in quantitative techniques, study design, and science communication that are necessary to be effective at research in maritime studies and safety and survival. An additional three (3) credit hours of course work relevant to the student’s research area and chosen in consultation with the supervisor is also required. Students must also complete a thesis composed of at least one manuscript of original research.

Admission Requirements

Admission is limited and competitive.

To be considered for admission an applicant will normally hold at least a high second class Honours Degree (from areas such as, but not limited to, emergency management, engineering, kinesiology, maritime studies, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology), or an M.D. Degree, or the equivalent of either, both in achievement and depth of study, from an institution of recognized standing.

The applicant will be able to demonstrate a commitment and passion for safety and survival. Experience in research programs, marine-based industries (e.g., fisheries, oil and gas), marine transport, firefighting, search and rescue, military, regulatory agencies or government departments, non-governmental organizations, consulting activities, or other relevant activities is considered an asset.

Please refer to the Memorial University Calendar for descriptions and regulations for this program.

What Faculty Says

"The field of maritime safety and survival is critical to the health and lives of workers in the maritime context, as well as to the protection of assets. There are numerous industry and regulatory bodies that standardize the safety requirements and training required to work on the ocean. Graduates of the SMS programs will contribute to the evidence base upon which these safety and training decisions are being made."

-Dr. Heather Carnahan