Welcome to SEA-EU DOC

Project Summary

With the deficit of academic permanent employment contracts in Europe and the growing employment risks in this sector, more doctorate holders are turning to jobs outside academia. Preparing the students for a broad range of career options matching the reality of the labour market falls on the responsibility of universities. 

Building on the existing “European University of the Seas”, this project focuses on:
– Giving visibility to the diversity of career paths for doctorate holders;
– Identifying skills that students can transfer to any work context;
– Advancing training quality to fit the current employment opportunities;
– Creating a European network to strengthen links with the private sector.

News and Updates

Building the Blue Doctoral Community of Tomorrow

On the 6 December 2021, various University of Malta staff members met… Read more.

Calls with PhD ‘Blue’ Graduates

The University of Malta has formed an alliance with the Universities of Split, Western Brittany, Kiel, Gdansk and Cadiz….. Read more.

Fostering the Career Development of Doctoral Students

A number of doctoral students conducting research at the University of… Read more.

Is there Life After my PhD Thesis?

Are you reading for a PhD with a maritime theme? Do you stop to think what you intend to do after you complete your…. Read more.

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Intellectual Outputs

Marine Doctorates
Intellectual Output

Profiling non-academic employment of marine sciences doctorate holders through a series of interviews.

Industrial Needs
Intellectual Output

“The skill matching challenge”: Aligning doctoral students skills with employers’ and entrepreneurs’ expectations in the non-academic sector.

Alumni Network
Intellectual Output

Building the blue doctoral community of tomorrow by setting up an online platform to foster networking.

Training Activities and Multiplier Events


Four training activities will take place to help doctoral students in the transition from their studies to the labour market. Since the saturation of academia and skill mismatches of doctorate holders are a common issue across European countries, the topics will range from career development to problem-solving and entrepreneurship readiness.

Seven multiplier events will also occur at different stages to capitalise on the tangible and intangible results achieved throughout the project. Their purpose is to bring together major players from education and industry to showcase, disseminate and reflect upon the outcomes with policymakers, entrepreneurs and other competent authorities. Moreover, it will be a good opportunity for stakeholders to network and share knowledge.