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  • Initial training - Continuing education
  • 1 year
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • AIMS

    The maritime world is a closed world, with a very specific culture, customs and language. A specialised training is therefore essential for anyone considering a career in this very special professional sector. The objective of the diploma is to contribute to the training of high-level multi-skilled executives, capable of meeting the current and future needs of professionals in the maritime and port sector in France and abroad. In particular, the following are targeted management, operations, sales, marketing, legal, compliance, quality, security, finance and HR departments of maritime companies;HR of companies in the maritime and port sector (shipowners, freight forwarders, logisticians, ship brokers, seaports, port services, offshore services and operating companies, shipbuilders, marine surveyors, marine insurers and P&I clubs, banks, shippers, maritime affairs directorate, international organisations . .

    Ported by the Groupement Interdisciplinaire de Formation Thématique (GIFT) Mer et Activités maritime, the DESU Interdisciplinaire Activités Maritimes et Portuaires fulfils the common ambition of Aix-Marseille Université; and the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille to provide the maritime centre of Marseille and more widely the Mediterranean with a truly multidisciplinary training offer (law, economics, management, geography, planning, engineering, marine sciences), adapted to the needs of companies in the maritime sector.

    The training is built around thematic seminars (modules) of one week each (24 courses over 4 consecutive days) covering all maritime and port activities (maritime and port management, shipping, logistics, etc.);Each session will have a multidisciplinary approach, combining prospective thinking and professional practice. Each seminar will involve a large panel of academic and professional experts (at least 500/0 of professionals), in the form of short interventions, the objective being to offer a complete panoramic view on each theme, with the point of view of all the disciplines and actors concerned.

    The training will be addressed to a wide range of stakeholders, from the public and the private sector, and will be based on a multidisciplinary approach.

    The course is aimed at French and foreign professionals wishing to update, deepen or diversify their fields of competence, as well as at students in initial training (particularly those enrolled in one of the GIFT Mer et activit;GIFT Mer et activités maritimes), as a complement to their classic mono-disciplinary university courses, with a dual perspective of opening up to multidisciplinarity, professionalisation and, for some, maritimisation ».

    The very modular organisation of the training allows it to be followed in parallel with a full-time professional activity as well as with another diploma: possibility to follow the diploma over three years, seminars held over four consecutive days, possibility to follow the seminars in short training, capitalisation of the seminars followed in short training.


    Advised prerequisites: International outlook, Maturität necessary for professional integration as an executive (in initial training), recognised executive experience (in continuing training).



    Initial training: Master l, diploma from an engineering school or a business school, any diploma with 4 years of higher education. The training is also accessible to students holding a professional Licence specialising in the maritime field or in a related field (transport, logistics, international trade, planning, etc.).

    Continuing education: after analysis of the file, professionals with at least a university degree or equivalent, and justifying experience in management can, after an interview, be admitted to the course.


    Total number of teaching weeks : 16

    Timing of the teaching period:

    Indicative start date of teaching : September

    Indicative end date of teaching : September

    Language of instruction: French

    Language of instruction: French

    Language of instruction: French

    Language of instruction: French


    The knowledge to be acquired corresponds to the different teaching modules provided in the diploma.

    The graduate masters :

    the strategic issues of maritime and port activities
    the challenges and applications of digitalization in the maritime and port field
    the issues related to multi-modality and the logistics chain in both port and maritime activities
    environmental issues raised by maritime and port activities.

    Graduates of the Maritime Activities program also master

    the organization and strategy of shipowners
    company structures and the various forms of alliances between companies in the maritime sector.
    the operational dimension of maritime transport
    the organization and challenges of maritime activities other than shipping: cruising, boating and yachting, marine energies and offshore activities
    the practical aspects of maritime law
    commercial, technical and legal aspects of maritime insurance.
    The managerial, legal and technical aspects of maritime safety and security requirements.

    Graduates of the Port Activities program will master :

    port organization, strategy and finance
    the organization and coordination of port operations (terminals, ship services and other services)
    the conditions for the development of major economic activities in port areas
    practical aspects of port law


    The graduate has acquired the skills necessary to :

    work in a group and lead a project involving a plurality of actors and disciplines (design, steering, implementation and management, evaluation and dissemination)
    participate in the definition and implementation of the strategy of a maritime or port activity
    adapt to different national and international socio-professional and intercultural contexts
    negotiate, manage exchanges, communicate, inform oneself
    master the environment, the actors, the regulations, the technologies, the economic variables
    understand and follow the evolution of one's sector of activity (monitoring, innovation and benchmarking, strategies of the players)
    anticipate developments (foresight)
    organize and synthesize the technical, economic, financial and legal information needed to make decisions