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Ocean Leadership - Executive master


Duration:3 År
Credits (ECTS):90
Qualification:Master’s degree in Ocean Leadership
Admission requirements:

Applicants must document a completed bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS), or an equivalent qualification.

A minimum of 2 years of leadership experience (at any level) is required, and at least 5 years of work practice following graduation.

Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 1 March
EU/EEA + Swiss applicants: 1 March
Non-EU/EEA applicants: No admission
Application code:Nordic applicants: 6015. EU/EAA and Swiss applicants: 7126.

Programme description

The Ocean Leadership program aims to strengthen strategic competences in leading the development and implementation of integrative sustainability solutions for the ocean.

The program is open to professionals working in any marine or maritime sector, from industry, government, or civil society. Applicants need to have at least 2 years leadership experience, but this can be at any level.

As a transdisciplinary executive master that is targeting multiple sectors, the program will bring together a novel network of established and emerging ocean leaders. Through problem- and solution-based learning, participants will build knowledge, skills and capacities that are directly relevant to their current work environment, ensuring impact and a return on investment for the employer.

The program runs part-time over three years. The first two years are focused on course work, with a combination of face-to-face sessions, digital discussion seminars, and online course modules for independent study. The third year is dedicated to the development of a master’s project on a topic of relevance to the participants’ work environment and mentored by a skilled supervisory team.

Through the course work, participants will develop relevant knowledge and skills across the domains of leadership and sustainability, ocean law and governance, digitalisation and innovation. Emphasis will be placed on developing collaborative, adaptive and transformational styles of leadership; understanding important global sustainability challenges; facilitating creativity and responsibility in blue/green innovation; participating in governance of the sea at local, regional, and international levels; and engaging with digitalisation in ethical and impactful ways.

The Ocean Leadership Executive Master does not provide sufficient credits to pursue a PhD program.

Programme structure

10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. sem. (autumn) SVF-3401 Introduction to Ocean Leadership for Sustainability - 15 stp.
2. sem. (spring) SVF-3402 Critical Global Challenges - 15 stp.
3. sem. (autumn) SVF-3403 Blue Innovation for the Green Shift - 15 stp.
4. sem. (spring) SVF-3404 Ocean Futures - 15 stp.

Learning outcomes

A candidate who has completed their qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence and attitudes:


Upon completing the Ocean Leadership program, participants will have:


Upon completing the Ocean Leadership program, participants will be able to:

General competence and attitudes:

Upon completing the Ocean Leadership program, participant will be able to:

Teaching and assessment

The Ocean Leadership program involves 4 semesters of course work, and 2 semesters of master's project work.

The mandatory courses for this degree are: Introduction to Ocean Leadership for Sustainability, Critical Global Challenges, Blue Innovation for the Green Shift, and Ocean Futures.

The courses are taught through a combination of face-to-face intensive sessions, online modules for independent study, and digital discussion seminars.

For the coursework component, each semester will involve two face-to-face intensive sessions - one at the start and one toward the end of semester. Each of these intensive sessions will run for 4.5 days and will be held in Tromsø (or another European location of significance for ocean science, industry, or governance).

In addition to the face-to-face intensives, each course will have online modules that participants complete independently. The materials in these modules can contain a mix of readings, videos (e.g., short lectures, instructional films, interviews, or inspirational talks), websites, podcasts, activities and/or quizzes. Short digital discussion seminars will also be held to discuss course materials (particularly in the context of participants’ own working environment), and/or provide feedback on assignments in development.

The master's project component of the program will be undertaken independently under the guidance of a skilled supervisory team but will also include a small number of online discussion seminars to provide additional contact and guidance within the group.

Each course description specifies the means that will be used to assess its stated learning objectives, which may include written assignments, project-based tasks, group work, and/or presentations in various formats.

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