On this page a list of practical training opportunities for MSP planners is presented, to increase awareness of capacity development offerings. The list includes courses available both in-person in Europe, as well as online. It is targeted at planners and professionals working in MSP or related fields. Formal education programmes are also included in this list, as well as training opportunities that are only available on demand.



Training Opportunities for Professionals

Marine Data Management Workshops

August 2017 - March 2018 (several dates available)
Plymouth, Edinburgh & London (UK)

MEDIN have announced another series of their very popular and well-received workshops on marine data management, for the coming year. There are upcoming workshops still available in August 2017, November 2017 and January and March 2018. These workshops are designed to help individuals and organisations make their marine data holdings discoverable and re-usable by future users.

The workshops are modular, with a morning session on MEDIN Data Guidelines and an afternoon session on the MEDIN Discovery Metadata Standard and tools. MEDIN are happy for users to attend either the full day or just the morning or afternoon session, as best suits individual needs. MEDIN aim to personalise each workshop, with the Guidelines to be covered varying between attendees, depending on their individual data requirements.  One session may therefore cover Data Guidelines ranging from bathymetry to biodiversity and/or geophysics, depending on who attends. MEDIN will contact registered attendees in advance of the workshops to identify which guidelines suit their data.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Maritime Management

September 2017 - July 2018
World Maritime University (SE)

Managers in today’s extremely competitive maritime industry need to cope with ongoing technical, regulatory and commercial developments. They must also be able to anticipate future developments and act proactively. It is essential that they have up-to-date skills and comprehensive knowledge if they want to retain their competitive edge.

This Postgraduate Diploma has been designed to provide a “boot camp” for managers. Drawing on the strengths and expertise of WMU and DNV GL, it addresses current topics of critical importance in the maritime industry with a blended learning approach to operational, commercial and technical issues. The programme lets you choose the method of delivery that best meets your needs: classroom learning, distance learning or a blend of the two. Classroom learning takes place in Singapore at DNV GL's Maritime Academy Singapore, while distance learning is via the latest e-learning systems and can be completed from any location globally. The Postgraduate Diploma is offered by the World Maritime University (WMU), founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, and by DNV GL, the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society.

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EcoAqua 3rd Summer School Marine / Maritime Spatial Planning

4 - 8 September 2017
Madeira (PT)

The course follows an holistic approach to MSP, addressing stakeholder involvement, maritime sector needs, marine environment conservation, national and international legal aspects and applicable data management. The target audience are early-stage reearchers and professionals interested in Blue Growth, Bioeconomy, Coastal Tourism, Sustainable Aquaculture, Marine Conservation, the application of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive and related European Directives.

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Blue Growth Summerschool

11 - 22 September 2017
University of Ghent (BE)

The maritime module covers blue energy and coastal engineering. The marine modules covers aquaculture, oceans and human health and the use of marine space. Students are allowed to attend a single module however attending the entire programme allows a submersion in the cross-disciplinary philosophy of Blue Growth. In every module lectures explicitly cross over: e.g. the maritime module includes lectures on environmental impact while in the marine module, lectures and an interactive session are provided on the topic of offshore multi-use platforms looking beyond mere biotic and abiotic monitoring and experiments seeking innovative ways to integrate marine and maritime functionalities and applications e.g. blue energy. Besides scientific lectures the programme will include interactive, hands-on sessions:

Practical sessions

  • Wave energy and coastal engineering
  • Spatial positioning - on the beach in Ostend
  • Design of a multi-use platform
  • Aquaculture and wind energy

Business development insights

  • Aquaculture, wind and wave energy

Field trips to

  • Harbour of Ostend: Renewable Energy Base
  • Offshore windmill farm
  • Visit to the Flanders Marine Institute including the Marine Station


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18-22 September 2017
Zaragoza (ES)

The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (CIHEAM) is organising a four-day advanced course exploring the environmental effects of aquaculture. From the knowledge of the aquaculture environment interactions and
progress at different scales, this course intends to provide participants with solid arguments for the establishment of robust monitoring programmes allowing for rational decision making. By the end of the course the participants will:

  • Be aware of the environmental impacts associated with marine and freshwater aquaculture systems in relation to present and future legislation in Mediterranean countries, and their adherence to the Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture (EAA) concept.
  • Be familiar with the concepts of why monitoring is important for statutory environmental regulation, for on-farm environmental management, and for environmental research for future aquaculture development, and to understand the cost-benefits of different monitoring approaches.
  • Be able to apply standard and new methods for monitoring aquatic environments for aquaculture management.
  • Gain experience in taking the environmental samples and subsequent lab analysis of data necessary for effective monitoring and accurate interpretation of the results.
  • Understand the application of monitoring to real situations across different aquaculture production systems.
  • Be able to debate the pros and cons of different environmental monitoring approaches with aquaculture managers and environmental regulators and policy makers alike.

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Copernicus Training Black Sea Monitoring and Forecasting Center

7 - 9 September
Constanta, Romania

Organized in the frame of the PROMARE Symposium.

The international ocean institute training programme on regional ocean governance for the mediterranean, black, baltic and caspian seas

5 November - 8 December 2017
International Ocean Institute (MT)

The Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas are characterised by a common feature of being geographically enclosed or semi-enclosed basins, subject to intense anthropogenic pressures while providing important resources on which major economic activities of international, regional and national importance rely. The regional seas connect the riparian countries and are also part subject to the countries within the national maritime zones. These seas have fragile coastal and marine ecosystems, with the activities and maritime policies of states affecting the quality of the marine environment of other regional states within the same basin. These regional seas exhibit different levels of experience in regional cooperation, sustainable development of the resources and services of the ocean, and this diversity and wealth of experience provides an opportunity for comparative learning.  

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Research Data Management Training Course

4 - 8 December
Oostende, Belgium

Research Data Management (RDM) covers the planning, creating, storing, organizing, accessing, sharing, describing, publishing and curating of data. RDM is mandated by many funding agencies and increasingly by governments to provide access to funded research results. This course will cover several topics related to data management, and is targeted towards data managers and researchers from Europe.

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Ocean Governance: Policy, Law & Management

May 2018 - July 2018
International Ocean Institute Canada

This two-month programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management emphasises the importance of viewing the ocean as a system with varied users and multiple, often competing and conflicting, uses. It also aims to increase awareness of the fact that ocean management requires broad interdisciplinary skills, new institutional and legal infrastructures, and new forms of intergovernmental and non-governmental organisation and cooperation at the local, national and international levels. Training consists of over 200 hours in the classroom, and includes lectures, interactive discussions, field trips, simulations and exercises, individual participant presentations, and an international round table.

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Formal education programmes

MSc/Postgraduate programme in Maritime Affairs - specialization in Ocean Sustainability, Governance & Management

September 2017 - November 2018
World Maritime University (SE)

WMU offers a postgraduate programme in Maritime Affairs, leading to a Master of Science or a Postgraduate Diploma, in the following specializations:

  • Maritime Education & Training
  • Maritime Energy Management - New in 2016 
  • Maritime Law & Policy
  • Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration
  • Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management  - New in 2016
  • Port Management
  • Shipping Management & Logistics 

All WMU programmes of study are designed to respond to the current needs of the maritime industry through a balance of academic study and practical experience. Emphasizing the practical application of knowledge, WMU programmes provide a unique insight into the range of maritime endeavors. 

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Marine planning and management master

September 2017 - September 2018
University of Liverpool (UK)

This multidisciplinary programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to take up the exciting job opportunities arising from the recent adoption of marine spatial planning and related developments in marine conservation and the maritime industries. The programme leads to the award of a Master of Science degree.  It is a full-time, one-year course, though it is also possible to study part-time over two years, combining studies with other responsibilities.  This is the first programme of its kind to be accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a specialist Masters course.  Gaining the degree is a step towards professional membership of the Institute.

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Marine Systems & Policies master

September 2017 - September 2018
University of Edinburgh (UK)

This programme is unique in Europe and beyond. It embraces a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the roles of humans and their connection to marine ecosystems for survival and prosperity. This MSc approaches marine systems as an integrated socio-ecological system through focusing on three spheres of marine systems:

  • Marine natural systems – exploring diverse scales and functions of key marine biomes, habitats and species, spanning islands, coasts, estuaries, continental shelves, polar seas and global oceans.
  • Marine policy systems – examining different approaches to marine spatial planning and governance of marine ecosystems and services, through formal policies, laws and informal customs and practices.
  • Marine built systems – exploring ‘blue growth’ opportunities e.g. the ingenuity and impact of human built environments in marine settings, from reshaping coastlines for cities, travel and trade, to the urbanisation of ocean environments through innovations in energy infrastructure.

The masters programme can also be followed over the course of two or three years.

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Coastal and Marine Resource Management Master

September 2017 - September 2018
University of Portsmouth (UK)

On this course you will investigate solutions for conserving our coastal zones, seas and oceans through the development of a coordinated strategy to distribute environmental, socio-cultural and institutional resources. It is a dynamic process and you will possess a genuine desire to ensure the long-term sustainability of the world’s coast lines. On this course you can:

  • Benefit from a wealth of coastal and marine environments on your doorstep – internationally important wildlife, urban development, maritime heritage and the busiest waterway in Britain
  • Complement your studies with case study analysis, lectures from guest speakers and fieldtrip opportunities
  • Learn alongside students from diverse international backgrounds and politico-economic cultures

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Marine Planning for Sustainable Development master

September 2017 - September 2018
Herriot Watt University (UK)

Marine planning, including spatial planning, is a fast developing discipline of global interest with excellent employment prospects. Ambition to create jobs and growth in the ‘Blue Economy’ is made real by new technologies giving access to the wealth of resources in the oceans and seas. New approaches are needed to govern the interactions among marine industries while maintaining the aspiration for healthy seas and the conservation of ecosystems. Adaptation to the effects of climate change adds to the importance of marine planning as an essential tool in marine management. The MSc in Marine Planning for Sustainable Development is based at the Orkney Campus but is available also at the Edinburgh Campus. Orkney is a global centre for marine energy research and development. A unique concentration of marine expertise and activity provides students with unparalleled access to key participants in the sustainable development and planning of marine industries.

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Marine Resource Management master

September 2017 - September 2018
Herriot Watt University (UK)

Traditional and emerging maritime industries place increasing pressure on marine ecosystems and challenge the use of space in our oceans and seas. The ambition for the ‘Blue Economy’ is high with the aim to create jobs and economic growth. New industries such as offshore oil and gas, aquaculture, renewable energy (wind, wave and tide), seabed mining and biotechnologies add to the traditional activities of shipping and fisheries. At the same time we struggle to assess and learn more about the marine ecosystem and how it works. Ecosystem based management and marine protected areas (MPAs) are just two of the important responses to the increasing pressures. This programme follows a multidiscipline approach to management encompassing the technical, economic and social effects of marine resource exploitation. Orkney is at the heart of marine resources that support whole communities and beyond. Graduates will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the marine and coastal environments and the communities that depend on them. Employment prospects include posts with industry, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, conservation bodies, research institutions and academia.

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Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management master

September 2017 - September 2019
Norwegian Univerisity of Science and Technology (NO), Polytechnic University of Catalunya (ES), Technical University of Delft (NL),  City University London (UK), University of Southampton, (UK)

The Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM), is a two-year English taught international Master's programme. The programme is offered by a consortium of five recognised European universities. All participating universities have long-standing relations with the industry, public works administrations and research and education institutes.  During the programme, students study in two or three different countries depending on the individual track of study. The students will familiarise themselves with key issues involved in providing sustainable, environmentally friendly, legally and economically acceptable solutions to a variety of challenges related to the CoMEM field.

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Coastal and marine management master

September 2017 - September 2019
University Centre of the Westfjords (NO), University of Akureyr (NO)

Coastal and Marine Management is an international, multidisciplinary master’s program in natural resource management. The program is especially built on the principle and practice of biology, sociology, economics and business studies. By the end of the program students understand the innumerable and valuable resources of the coast and oceans, understand their significance, and have versed themselves in methods and skills to manage the sustainable utilisation of these resources. The language of teaching and general communication is English. The program is offered by the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður in co-operation with the University of Akureyri. Teaching takes place in Ísafjörður.

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Erasmus Mundus Master in Water and Coastal Management

September 2017 - September 2019
University of Cadíz (ES), University of Bologna (IT)

The aim of the Erasmus Mundus Master in Water and Coastal Management (WACOMA) is the integration of social and natural sciences for proper water and coastal management. After finishing this programme, the students will have acquired the necessary knowledge to become highly qualified managers and researchers for Integrated Coastal Zone Management. Admission Period: from May till September every year. The Msc WACOMA is a 24 month programme (120 ECTS credits).

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September 2017 - September 2019
World Maritime University (SE), International Maritime Law Institute (MT)

During the first year of the M.Phil. programme, students will attend ocean policy courses offered at WMU with a particular focus on sustainability, governance and management. The second year of studies will be completed at IMLI with courses focusing on international maritime law,
including law of the sea, shipping law, marine environmental law, and maritime security law. Completion of the programme will require a successful dissertation on a suitable topic, reflecting the needs of students’ home countries.

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Marine spatial planning master

September 2017 / January 2018
Ulster University (UK), online

This course introduces participants to the concepts and practices informing the emerging field of marine planning and management. Grounded in an appreciation of sustainable development, it explores the planning, regulation and management of the marine/coastal interface resource from a governance, public policy and transdisciplinary perspective. The course provides participants with a solid appreciation of the complexity of the property rights regime and potential modes of intervention. This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development. The specific objectives of the course are to develop:

  • a thorough understanding of how coasts "work" and inter-relate with the marine environment;
  • the ability to identify, synthesise and analyse the multifarious roles of humans in altering coastal systems and exploiting the marine resource in a sustainable way;
  • a detailed knowledge of integrated coastal zone management approaches and a sound appreciation of emerging marine planning and management initiatives.

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Erasmus mundus master course on maritime spatial planning

October 2017 - September 2019
University of Venice (IT), University of Sevilla (ES), University of the Azores (PT)

The Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning (EMMCMSP) is a two-years advanced professional master program, in which three high-rated European universities participate: Università Iuav di Venezia as coordinator,University of Seville, University of Azores. Students will familiarize themselves with key issues involved in policies formulation and planning strategies for maritime space, to improve the management of resources from an environmental, economic, social and legal perspective within the framework of Maritime policies.

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Master of Arts in Ocean Governance

October 2017 - October 2018
International Ocean Institute & Unversity of Malta (MT)

This postgraduate programme aims to forge a knowledge base that is essentially legal but which also delves into the natural and social sciences to determine how an effective regulatory framework should operate; it serves to further enhance the development of learning and research in the field of marine resource management and maritime security from a multidisciplinary perspective. The programme is delivered annually over 13 months, commencing each October. It is coordinated by the Environmental and Resources Department within the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta, and is supported by the Department of International Law, the Institute of Earth Systems, the Department of Biology (Faculty of Science), the Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy, and the International Ocean Institute.

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Marine Science and Management master

March / July 2018 - September / December 2019
Sydney Institute of Marine Science (AUS), University of Technology Sydney (AUS), Macquarie University (AUS), University of New South Wales (AUS)

The new Sydney Marine Science and Management Program offers a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in a range of marine science and management disciplines including the science and management of coasts, marine ecology and conservation, coral reefs, climate change, oceanography and engineering. The aim of the program is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the multidisciplinary field of marine science.

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Double Degree Master Programme 'Water and Coastal Management'

September 2018 - September 2020
Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg (DE), University of Groningen (NL)

Global changes ask for a comprehensive scientific approach, an international multidisciplinary orientation and require a new mind-set towards water and coastal management problems. In response to these challenges and to provide an inspiring atmosphere for the development of an academic and professional career, the unique Double Degree Master (DDM) program 'Water and Coastal Management', merging the strongest expertise of the two partner-universities, the University of Groningen and Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg, was designed.

Taught by outstanding experts highly conversant with environmental, socio-economic, and spatial sciences, you will be trained to manage the water and coastal resources of future societies in a sustainable way. The University of Oldenburg gives you the opportunity to learn about the marine environment and sustainable management; the University of Groningen offers its outstanding knowledge on spatial science, in particular water management and environmental and infrastructure planning. The ability to integrate both makes the successful student an expert in water and coastal management.

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On Demand Training Opportunities

introduction to marine spatial planning - ocean visions

On Demand

Introduce new professionals interested in MSP to its essential elements. Organized by Ocean Visions Consulting.

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marine spatial planning challenge 2050 sessions

On Demand

The Marine Spatial Planning Challenge 2050 is a computer supported simulation-game that gives maritime spatial planners insight in the diverse challenges of sustainable planning of human activities in the marine and coastal ecosystem.  The objective of the simulation-game is to significantly contribute to policy learning and international planning practices with regard to integrated (eco-based) Marine Spatial Planning. Organized by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (the Netherlands), Rijkswaterstaat, Signature Games.

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Blue Planning in practice

On Demand

The Blue Planning training course aims to strengthen practical planning and implementation informed by decades of practical experiences and learning in the eld. This course therefore provides an introduction to the theory and practical starting points of coastal and marine spatial planning. The course is based on a case method, which conveys teaching messages mainly through interactive practical work by trainees.  

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