Maritime Studies (Ph.D)

Maritime Studies (Ph.D)
Skills and Interests

You will conduct and share original research to improve approaches to safety and survival for the global maritime industries.

Work Environment

Academic institution, 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

Program Length:

Four years, including courses, a comprehensive exam and thesis


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Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  February 1
Winter Admission: June 1

For More Information:

2021-2022 Graduate Viewbook

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy in Maritime Studies is offered to full-time and part-time students. This program is aimed at those who want to participate in the development of new maritime studies knowledge in the area of safety and survival.

Researchers will be equipped with a national and internationally demanded skill set that focuses on statistics and research design, quantitative analysis, science communication and knowledge in the human factors that impact on safety and survival in maritime environments.

Program Structure

The program involves coursework aimed at developing competencies in fundamental research skills and communication so students will have the methodological tools to conduct and disseminate their research findings. In addition, students will be exposed to the field more broadly through an introduction to maritime safety and survival research.

Specific content mastery related to each individual’s research topic will be acquired in collaboration with the student’s supervisor via a research apprenticeship that will result in a doctoral dissertation. That is, while working on research projects alongside their supervisors, research colleagues, including other trainees, students will be exposed to current knowledge in the area. Of the courses offered by the School of Maritime Studies, two are online courses and two are accelerated in-class courses (six weeks, with a two-week residency requirement).

Admission Requirements

Admission is limited and competitive and is normally restricted to applicants holding a Master’s degree or its equivalent with relevant background and core knowledge in, but not limited to, emergency management, engineering, human kinetics, maritime studies or psychology. Applicants are normally expected to have a B in all course work completed for the Master’s degree.

What Students Say

"The Doctor of Philosophy in Maritime Studies program is an ideal fit for a person like me who seeks to understand the practical application of scientific discoveries. Solving complex problems often requires that I have an in-depth understanding of the human factors that contribute to success or failure in a range of extreme or remote environments. The program allows me to combine all of my previous experience and education and ask pertinent scientific questions that can be used by frontline responders."

- John MacDonald
Ph.D Student