M.Sc. International Maritime Studies - Shipping and Logistics

Southampton Solent University

Application deadline: Applications can be made at any time
Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,890 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 11,670 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This course is part of the taught MSc programme in International Maritime Studies (IMS) which is designed to provide a period of intensive study in a specialist maritime area.

The programme offers intellectually challenging courses with a diversity of learning experiences that aim to provide you with the skills and knowledge to operate competently within the maritime industry.

In the current marketplace, a shipping manager is required to be familiar
with all aspects of international supply chain management. The shipping industry is evolving towards an integrated multimodal door-to-door logistics service.

The MSc in Shipping and Logistics is designed to enable you to have a detailed knowledge and understanding of both the operations and strategies of shipping as a single transport mode within the context of international multimodal logistics.


You will study five core units in periods 1 and 2 (October to May), followed by the project in period 3 (June to September).

Management of Shipping Operations: This unit provides an understanding of the management issues required in running a shipping operation both on-board ship and ashore. You will study the inter-relationship of different management functions throughout the shipping operation, looking at how ship and shore are linked to enhance the commercial, safety and environmental protection aims of the maritime venture. You will also examine the requirements of current international maritime legislation.

Maritime Business and IT Strategy: This unit blends the complementary subjects of strategic management and IT strategy. You will consider the role of IT in the strategic development of the maritime enterprise and processes that integrate the areas of business and technology with business improvement. The unit also considers marketing management, project management and the human issues related to major enterprise change.

Maritime Business Law: You will explore issues in maritime law
from the mature outlook of the postgraduate student. As a result of your studies, you will be able to evaluate specific issues individually and form a personal view about their validity. You will consider challenging issues in areas which are already established as important to a
well-developed appreciation of shipping and commercial law, as well as address fast-evolving and contentious areas.

Maritime Transport and Logistics: This unit focuses on the commercial and logistics environment in which maritime transport operates, in particular organisations which own, operate or manage shipping. Senior managers need to understand the economic and logistical demands which drive this competitive and volatile industry. You will analyse the commercial operation of ships in the bulk and liner shipping freight markets and the role of maritime transport in global supply chains.

Project Proposal: The aim of this unit is to progress your research and academic skills, enabling you to produce a realistic and achievable research proposal for the masters-level project. It introduces you to the research process and details the underpinning philosophies of research, together with the methodological options for both data gathering and data analysis.
Project: Maritime professionals need to be skilled in identifying and analysing problems so that they can lead changes in policy or practices. For this unit you will develop those skills by identifying, planning and implementing a programme of research, and analysing, evaluating, interpreting and communicating the findings. You will apply these skills to an area of personal interest that is relevant to your future career.

Each taught unit is assessed by a combination of presentations, written coursework and/or an examination. The exact combination of assessments, and their timing, depends on the content of each unit. Students are required to complete a 20,000-word research dissertation on a relevant topic.


For entry to a postgraduate degree course, students should hold a good honours degree or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirement
Applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not received their higher education in English, will be required to produce evidence of their English language proficiency.

As a general guide you should have achieved a minimum IELTS score of 6.50, a TOEFL score of 600, or suitable equivalent. However, you should be aware that this is a minimum requirement. Some courses require a higher level of proficiency.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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