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: Part-time, Full-time
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Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 24 months
Part-time variant: Flexible

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In the current marketplace, shipping managers need to understand all aspects of international supply chain management. This is increasingly important as the shipping industry evolves towards an integrated multimodal door-to-door logistics approach.

On this master’s course, you’ll gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of the operations and strategies of shipping as a single transport mode within the context of international multimodal logistics.

This course is part of the taught MSc programme in International Maritime Studies. The programme offers intellectually challenging courses that will equip you with the skills and knowledge to operate successfully within the maritime industry.

Why Solent?

  • You’ll benefit from Southampton's position as a major centre in the UK and European shipping sector, with opportunities to visit the Port of Southampton and local organisations.
  • You’ll put theory into practice with activities involving the Warsash Maritime Academy and wider industry.
  • The MSc International Maritime Studies programme is validated by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers; depending on your chosen pathway, the MSc will provide exemptions from some of the institute's professional examinations.


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.


  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in maritime studies, environmental science or management, shipping, geography, business or law, or in any appropriate subject.
  • An ordinary degree or HND in a technical or business discipline, combined with appropriate professional experience.
  • Equivalent qualifications may also be considered – contact the faculty office for further information.
  • Part-time study is not available for overseas students requiring a student visa.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 (6.0 in writing)
  • TOEFL IBT 92 (22 in writing)
  • PTE Academic 61 (56 in writing)
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme and an international foundation programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

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.



This course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

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