Maritime Management, Policy & History Education at the Greenwich Maritime Institute (GMI)


The University of Greenwich offers the best of both worlds; city and country. As a student you would be on the doorstep of London, but we also offer the cream of Kent - rolling hills, pub-to-pub walks and seaside resorts. The University traces its roots to 1890, and over the years a range of specialist organizations have joined the institution, giving it the diverse strengths it has today in subjects such as architecture, business, computing, engineering and sciences.

The University has three campuses, all housed within buildings of historical importance: Avery Hill and Greenwich in London, and Medway in Kent. The University is proud of its diverse student body. People from more than 140 countries choose to study at Greenwich, part of an international student community of 4,900.

The Greenwich Maritime Institute (GMI) is a part of the University of Greenwich. Established in 1998, it provides a specialist postgraduate and research within the large multi-faculty University of Greenwich. The GMI provides an active centre for studying maritime history and is located in The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, across the road from the National Maritime Museum.

Academic Programs

Masters Programs

  • MBA in Maritime Management (15 months): The MBA in Maritime Management is a joint development by Greenwich Maritime Institute and the University of Greenwich Business School. While retaining the themes and all-inclusiveness of a classic MBA, this programme, which has been developed in consultation with leading figures from the maritime industry, pursues and applies theory an practice with special reference to the maritime sector. Students also study other subjects with particular relevance to Maritime Management which are economics of international shipping, public shipping law and maritime policy. Part-time duration – 30 months.
  • MA International Maritime Policy (1 year): Maritime Policy may be broadly defined as the area of private and public policy concerned with: the economics of maritime transport, ports and terminals; national and international regulation; maritime security and defense; maritime labor; with oceanic law, policy and management; oceanic and coastal zone environmental protection. International and interdisciplinary in approach, this MA in particularly aimed at maritime professionals, in both sea and shore-based, seeking to develop an in depth understanding of current issues and future developments; at public policy professionals looking to acquire maritime experience; and at graduates in maritime studies and public policy areas requiring further specialization and postgraduate qualifications. Part-time duration – 2 years.
  • MA Maritime History (1 year): This MA focuses on maritime history since the late eighteenth century, with an emphasis on developing student skills in historical research. The program is particularly aimed at those with an existing interest in the recent maritime past who are keen to deepen and broaden their knowledge, and to investigate problems through individual research. It is also relevant to those with a first degree in History or a related discipline, who want to develop their maritime history expertise. Part-time duration – 2 years.

Short Programs

  • Methods, Problems & Issues in Maritime Policy (20 credits) - 12 weeks
  • The Maritime Business Environment (10 credits) - 12 weeks
  • British Maritime History: The Merchant Navy (20 credits) - 12 weeks
  • British Maritime History: The Royal Navy (20 credits) - 12 weeks
  • Economics of International Shipping (20 credits) - 14 weeks
  • 20th Century International Maritime History (20 credits) - 14 weeks
  • 20th Century International Naval History (20 credits) - 14 weeks


One hundred years of innovation, strong links to industry and commerce, complemented by research excellence and an international agenda are what make the University of Greenwich a leading modern university. The University has a resource base of highly qualified staff with wide ranging expertise and significant links with business and industry; this, coupled with 25,000 students from a variety of backgrounds and countries provides an imaginative and affluent learning experience for all.

  • Campus: The Greenwich London Campus is on a World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames. The university's largest campus is centered on three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century.
  • Accreditation: University of Greenwich is a public university and UK Border Agency (UKBA) highly trusted student sponsor.
  • Social Facilities: A few minutes' walk from the campus is Cooper Building, which is home to the students' union. Inside, Bar Latitude has bright, modern decor and offers a range of hot and cold food. A pool room and the union shop are also in the building.
  • Careers Guidance and Support: The University will provide you with ongoing careers advice and support, so you can make the transition into employment and fulfill your potential when you graduate.
  • Study Skills Centers: Through the Study Skills Centers, you can improve your reading, research and presentation skills.
  • Federal Student Aid for US students: Financial assistance (William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program) is available for American students studying at an overseas university through the US Government's Department for Education. The University of Greenwich is a participant of this program.
  • Housing: The University offers a guarantee of accommodation to all new students for the September intake, in Halls of Residence or University-approved accommodation. This is provided that the accommodation application is received within the deadline date, and all conditions of offer are met.

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