Marine Affairs
Xiamen University
Basic Information
Degree: Master
Starting Date:
Please be subject to the starting date on admission letter you got, since the starting date may change.
Sep 14 , 2023
Duration: 2 Years
Teaching Language: English
Tuition Fees: RMB 45,000 per Year
Application Deadline:
The deadline means the date of Beijing time. You are suggested to submit your application 3 or 5 days before the actual deadline so that you can have time for necessary changes on documents.
Mar 31 , 2023
Application Fee:
The application fee charged by the university, CUCAS only collect on their behalf.
USD 82 (Check Policy)
Service Fee:
For the service CUCAS provide to you. If you get a scholarship while applying as a self-financed applicant, you need to pay another scholarship service fee of 200 USD.
USD 54 (Check Policy)
Special Requirements
Program Description

Core course descriptions

* Marine Science and Ocean Uses

Introduction to basic marine processes, selected ocean uses and their policy issues. The course focuses on the interplay of public policy and marine science with an emphasis on implications for policy, such as resources and energy extraction. Students will gain a basic understanding of the topics covered in the main sub-field of oceanography, an understanding of the scientific methodology and knowledge of how oceanographic information is applied in representative public debates.

* Marine Resources Economics

The principles and application of economics to the management of marine resources, and conflicts and problems which arise in the exploitation of marine environments. Particular attention is paid to marine and coastal resources valuation, bio-economic models, environmental issues, marine resource damage assessment, and the management of renewable and non-renewable resources.

After completion of this course, students will understand the causes of the many problems associated with renewable resource exploitation and the multiple uses of the marine environment. They will appreciate the role of economic analysis in framing methods for resolving these problems, and be able to appraise critically practical policy experiences at national and global levels.

* International Ocean Law

This course will examine the principles of international law as they relate to ocean management problems: jurisdiction in zones, such as territorial seas, exclusion zones and the high seas, as well as the problems posed by zonal approaches to ocean-use management.

The course will provide the student with a solid grounding in:
1) the manner in which international ocean law is formulated and developed, and how the international legal system functions.
2) the role of international law as a significant tool for ocean use management;
3) the characteristics and nature of different offshore legal zones as well as the rights and obligations of states in those zones.

* Marine Affairs

This course consists of an interdisciplinary seminar conducted by the Marine Affairs programme faculty supplemented by guest speakers from research institutions, industry and government. It focuses on problems of marine resources development and management at the local, regional, national and international policy level.

The course will introduce many topics in ocean and coastal related fields and challenge students to consider techniques for systematic analysis and decision-making. Through this course, students will broaden their topical knowledge, and develop their understanding of analytical approaches.


Entry Requirements

1. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens generally under the age of 45 (as of September 1, 2022), be mentally and pysically healthy, and possess a valid regular passport.

Note: Foreign citizens of Chinese origin, including former Chinese citizens who have obtained foreign citizenship, as well as the non-Chinese descendants of present or former Chinese citizens, will be subject to a preliminary review of citizenship status by XMU during the admission stage, and to verification of citizenship by the entry and exit administration department of China's public security authorities. Applicants who fail to pass the preliminary review or verification of citizenship will be deemed to have voluntarily relinquished their eligibility for admission, as well as the subsequent academic registration that they may obtain.

2. Applicants should be a graduating student of a bachelor's degree program or hold a bachelor's degree or above.

3. Applicants should present a TOEFL iBT certificate with a score of 80 or above, or an IELTS (academic) certificate with an overall score of 6.0 or above. XMU's DI Code for TOEFL is C310. Applicants who have taken all courses in English during their previous degree studies are exempt from this requirement, but a medium-of-instruction certificate from the high shool should be furnished. Native English speakers are exempt from this requirement.

Fee Structure

Tuition Fee
Master RMB 45,000 pre year
RMB 90,000 in total (About $ 18,368)
Accommodation Fee
Siming Campus International Students Apartment
Double Room RMB 25 to RMB 100  (More Details)
Quad room RMB 8 to RMB 50  (More Details)
Single Room RMB 25 to RMB 100  (More Details)
Xiang’an Campus International Students Apartment
Double Room RMB 2,000 to RMB 4,000  (More Details)
Other Fees
Application Fee:
The application fee charged by the university, CUCAS only collect on their behalf.
RMB 400
Service Fee:
For the service CUCAS provide to you. If you get a scholarship while applying as a self-financed applicant, you need to pay another scholarship service fee of 200 USD.
USD 54 (Check Policy)
Living Expense RMB 2,000 to RMB 2,600

Application Materials

"*" means necessary documents that you must provide in your application.

*1. Application Form

It should be completed in Chinese or English and then printed out after successful online application.

*2. Bachelor’s degree certificate or Certificate of Expected Graduation, bearing the stamp of the university.

(1) Bachelor’s degree certificates should be certified by the educational authorities of the issuing country, or via the online service system ( operated by the Overseas Education Service Center of China’s Ministry of Education.
(2) Graduating students of bachelor’s degree programs should provide a Certificate of Expected Graduation. They should obtain their bachelor’s degree certificate before their entry to XMU in September 2022.
(3) No certification is required for degree certificates obtained in the Chinese Mainland (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan).
(4) The originals of the degree certificates and certification documents should be made available for verification upon enrolment at XMU.

*3. Academic transcripts for bachelor's degree studies, bearing the stamp of the University.

(1) Graduating students of bachelor’s degree programs should provide their academic transcripts for each year of undergraduate studies to date.
(2) Bachelor’s degree holders should submit a complete set of academic transcripts for bachelor’s degree studies.
(3) The results report of internationally accepted or standardized tests, e.g., GRE/GMAT/LSAT. XMU’s DI Code for GRE is 4692.

*4. Study or research plan

The Plan should be no less than 1,000 words, written in English when applying for English-medium programs.
Applicants for School of Economics, Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics, or Gregory and Paula Chow Center for Economics Research, please refer to(Writing Guidance)SOP.pdf.

You can download a template or sample from here.

*5. Two Letters of Recommendation signed by professors or associate professors, written in Chinese or English.

*6. A photocopy of English Proficiency Certificate

A TOEFL certificate with 80 points or above, or an IELTS certificate with grade 6.0 or above, or other certificate of English proficiency from an accredited test.

*7. A photocopy of your valid passport

The passport should be valid through October 31, 2022

*8. CV, completed in Chinese or English.

*9. Physical Examination Record for Inbound Travellers

Completed in Chinese or English, bearing the official stamp of the hospital. Physical examination results are valid for 6 months.

You can download a template or sample from here.

*10. Financial Support Guarantee Statement

Completed in Chinese or English, certifying that the applicant has sufficient funds to cover his or her tuition, accommodation, living expenses and international travels during his or her study in China. Only the applicant himself/herself or his/her family can act as a financial sponsor. The Statement should be accompanied by a copy of the financial sponsor’s valid passport or identification certificate. Applicants for scholarships are not exempt from this requirement.

You can download a template or sample from here.

11. Other materials

Such as abstracts of published papers, academic activities, merit or internship certificates, may be submitted in the “Supporting Materials” section in online application as well.

*12. Certificate of No Criminal Record

The applicants shall submit a valid Certificate of No Criminal Record issued by the local police, usually within 6 months before the date of submission of the application.

*13. Birth certificate

*14. Parents’ identity documents

15. Supporting Documents: Certificate of Good Conduct

Provided by your current/previous school/company in Chinese/English to improve your success rate.

You can download a template or sample from here.

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