Master in International Maritime Law & Logistics

This degree will qualify you to master groundbreaking logistics challenges and legal issues. Learn to navigate through the new laws that govern the sea and maritime operations. They are designed to protect the environment and maintain human rights in the societies and communities involved while creating new ways for people to earn a living. Acquire experience in analyzing the legal issues that arise at sea and along the world’s coastlines. Find out how to organize logistics operations based on your knowledge of the legal issues. You will have the skill set necessary for assessing the financial implications of legal decisions in logistics. And you will experience how this fastpaced field has become a building block of modern society.

  • Learn about customs, port organization and operations, international treaties and their effect on operations at sea.
  • Learn to deal with the challenges of moving goods and people including in situations of humanitarian relief
  • Help organize shipping routes, taking the legal implications of human rights laws into consideration and have the answer when cargo is damaged or lost.

Our collaborative international maritime law and logistics degree program is one of a kind. By joining IMLI and KLU to participate in this unique educational opportunity now, you’ll enter the elevator on the ground floor – and be the first in the job market with a skill set that governments, NGOs and industry are seeking worldwide.

About the Universities

Program overview

Date: 1st October 2018 – 31st July 2020

Target group

  • Fresh graduates in law, logistics or neighboring disciplines with the interest in a career in a new emerging area and planning to pursue their education abroad at two prestigious institutions.
  • Governmental officers
  • Executives/young professionals

Structure, content and admission

The two institutions of higher learning are joining forces to offer collectively a two-year, full-time Master of Science degree combining International Maritime Law and Maritime and Humanitarian Logistics. With this partnership program the institutions are responding to the call of governments and representatives of industry around the world who need persons educated in international legal matters pertaining to the sea but also need to understand the complex industrial use of the sea for services and for the transportation of goods.

Course structure

This prestigious English language program is divided in two parts: international maritime law courses taught primarily at IMLI, and logistics and leadership courses taught primarily at KLU. In this regard, students will spend the first academic year studying in Malta and the second in Hamburg. The first summer includes a dissertation project, the second a thesis. The curriculum also contains integrative material linking the legal and logistics aspects of the subjects and faculty of the two institutions.

How to apply

Students will be required to hold a Bachelor’s degree

  • in Business, Economics or Law or a relevant field from a recognized university.
  • Graduates of other fields, such as Industrial Engineering, with significant components in economics and/or business, are also eligible.
  • To demonstrate your English proficieny, you can prove TOEFL (iBT: 90) or IELTS (band 6.5). The TOEFL, IELTS or an equivalent certificate must not be older than 2 years at the time of submitting the application. In case of admission, please note that you will need an official score report (hardcopy) for the enrolment. Therefore, please name KLU when registering for a test, if possible (TOEFL institutional code is 7373).

Furthermore, successful applicants need to be eligible for a student visa in the European Union if they are not a citizen of an EU country. Note that while the universities may offer assistance in applying for the visa, it remains the responsibility of the student to obtain the visa. Not obtaining a visa is not a reason for tuition fee re-imbursement.

  • Start of application period: November 1st, 2017
  • Recommended application deadline, non-EU applicants: March 31, 2018
  • Application deadline: June 30, 2018

We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible.

Non-EU applicants please note: The visa process takes up to two months, starting on the date of acceptance by KLU. Please keep in mind that there are a lot of other organizational matters to deal with when planning your study abroad. We recommend non-EU applicants to apply before March 31, 2018.

Admission will start on November 1st every year. Please contact us by email for further information.

Tuition fees

The program is a two-year program and tuition fees amount to € 18,500 per year.

Participants who pay in full the tuition fees for both years before the beginning of the program will benefit from a € 2,000 rebate on the total. Your tuition fees cover tuition and services, including most course materials, on-campus IT services, and access to the library. The tuition fees do not include travel or living expenses.

We require an application fee of €100 for non-EU applicants. Your application will only be processed once we have received this. We will consider your application as soon as we have received all the required documents and will notify you of the board of admission's decision promptly (6-8 weeks).

Academic Directors

International Maritime Law Institute

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Prof. David Joseph Attard


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Dr. Norman Martinez

Senior Lecturer

Kühne Logistics University

Prof. Michele Acciaro, PhD

Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics

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Prof. Maria Besiou, PhD

Professor of Humanitarian Logistics

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Meet us

You are welcome to schedule a personal appointment. We would be happy to show you around and answer all your questions. Please call us at +49 40 328 707-160.