Given the United Kingdom's long-standing association with the sea and historical reputation as a naval power, it is no surprise that several universities in the U.K. continue to offer maritime courses. Maritime universities support the maritime industry within the U.K. by offering training and opportunities for research connected to fields such as shipping and oil refinery, as well as helping to prepare students interested in a career based at sea.
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Warsash Maritime Academy
This academy is a faculty of Southampton Solent University and is well-positioned to offer extensive facilities, including engine room and bridge simulators and a model ship handling simulator designed to offer a first-hand experience of the kind of situations faced by those at sea. The academy also boasts one of the U.K.'s largest nautical libraries.
In terms of courses, Warsash offers internationally recognised courses for those wishing to become naval officers, such as chief engineers. Example courses include Merchant Vessel Operations and Officer Cadet Training programs. In addition, shorter, specialised courses in areas such as fire fighting are also part of the academy's repertoire.
Warsash Maritime Academy Newtown Road Warsash Southampton Hampshire SO31 9ZL 011-44-1489-576161 warsashacademy.co.uk
Greenwich Maritime Institute
This institute, known as the GMI, is part of the University of Greenwich and is located, aptly, in a historical part of London, at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. The GMI specialises in research as well as postgraduate study, with typical degrees offered including qualifications in International Maritime Policy and Maritime Management. Within these degrees, areas covered include maritime labour, maritime transport economics and coastal environment protection.
The institute looks to offer information about the maritime sector and to continuously conduct research to explore maritime issues. With regard to its students, it aims to offer an academic environment as well as an opportunity to develop the skills needed by a mariner in today's world.
University of Greenwich Old Royal Naval College Park Row Greenwich London SE10 9LS 011-44-2083-318000 www.gre.ac.uk>
Liverpool Maritime Academy
This academy is part of Liverpool John Moores University, with courses offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in addition to professional training courses and a historical location at Merseyside. The range of courses available covers the maritime sector, in terms of hands-on maritime work and in terms of research, through courses such as Nautical Science and Port Management.
By studying for a qualification from this academy, many young people go on to careers in roles such as marine pilots and senior navigation officers; the academy is able to use its considerable ship-handling training facilities to prepare students for a life at sea but in a safe environment. The academy also uses its simulation facilities to research areas such as the development of new ports. The academy has a dedicated research centre, which specialises in areas such as offshore safety analysis and electronic charts.
Liverpool John Moores University Roscoe Court 4 Rodney Street Liverpool L1 2TZ 011-44-1512-315090 http://www.livjm.ac.uk/ENG/90878.htm>
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