The primary aim of the MSc in International Shipping and Finance (ISF) is to address the educational needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capital intensive shipping industry, by bridging the gap between academic theory and business practice.
The programme is designed to provide a unique educational experience that combines research-led, technically advanced teaching by world-renowned academic faculty and senior industry practitioners. The shipping industry itself is highly involved in shaping its structure and contributing to its delivery as well as the career development of its participants. The delivery of this programme is based on a practice centred, hands-on approach. The ultimate objective is to ensure that graduates are equipped with the knowledge, technical expertise and skills required by major employers in the sector.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of how the shipping and financial markets interact and complement each other. You will specialise in the analysis of shipping markets and cycles, maritime trade patterns and commodities carried by sea, chartering and ship-broking practices, maritime logistics systems, legal aspects in shipping, the selection of alternative shipping finance and investment methods as well as the development, implementation and appraisal of shipping related risk management strategies. You will also gain exposure to securities trading, corporate transactions, valuation, investment strategies and quantitative techniques.
Students on the MSc ISF programme also benefit from our partnership with Spinnaker Global as well as memberships of Maritime London and the Baltic Exchange offering them the opportunity to register as associate members during their study.
October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term
January: Part 1 Exams
January-April: Part 2 Spring Term
May – June: Part 2 Exams
June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3
August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines
Part 1 compulsory modules
Part 2 compulsory modules
At ICMA centre
Part 2 optional modules (at ICMA centre)
Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 40 (20) credits from the following modules:
Part 3 optional modules
Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:
Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.
The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.
After completion of the programme you will be well equipped with the knowledge for a successful career in the shipping/ transportation industries, as well as in the wider finance sector.
On average more than 90% of our graduates are in work or further education 6 months after graduation.
Indicative career paths for our graduates are ship-owning and transportation companies, ship-broking/chartering firms, shipping divisions of investment banks, shipping analysis/consulting firms, ship-finance arrangers, port operators, and shipping-related investment funds, among others. The wide curriculum of the programme will also enable you to consider careers in the global investment banking and securities markets.
Internship opportunities with leading companies in the shipping industry are available to outstanding MSc ISF graduates. A number of companies have joined our work placement scheme and offer work experience placements to some of our excellent graduates (subject to successful interviews and work permits where applicable). Additional placement and full time opportunities in the shipping industry are also made available to our students on an ad-hoc basis .
Career Advisory Partnership
Along with a full range of career advisory and professional development services available to our students from our dedicated Henley Careers team, students will also benefit from our partnership with Spinnaker Global, the leading shipping recruitment consultancy. As part of our collaboration Spinnaker provides career advice and support to our students and promotes their profiles internationally for internship and full time opportunities.
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) Professional Qualification
The programme is accredited by ICS and our students are eligible for 3 exam exemptions from the ICS qualification, which is the maximum number of exemptions offered by the institute. The 3 exemptions offered are for the ICS modules:
Our successful graduates have to take only 4 out of the 7 ICS exams to qualify for the ICS membership.
ICMA Fixed Income Certificate
To obtain the requisite knowledge to pass the rigorous FIC exam, students are required to take the ICMA Centre Fixed Income Cash and Derivatives Markets module at Part 2. In order to receive the FIC certificate, students will need to register and pass the FIC exam through ICMA.
In 2014 about a third of all the goods and services produced were traded internationally (WTO International Trade Statistics 2015). International trade is a powerful driver for growth and rising living standards, especially in the developing world, whilst representing a significant part of GDP in most developed countries.
On this programme you will learn how international trade and logistics affect our lives and world prosperity.
International trade is the exchange of capital, goods and services across international borders. Countries specialise in exporting those products and services which they can produce most efficiently and import those where they are less efficient.
Logistics is about managing the activities along a supply chain, from procuring materials to delivering finished goods that satisfy customer orders. Effective logistics and supply chain management are therefore the key enablers of international trade.
The MSc International Trade & Logistics (accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) links these two elements of business and provides an introduction to the management and operational knowledge necessary to trade successfully in international markets. The programme is designed for wide range of participants looking to take on senior roles in organisations which trade internationally.
On the MSc International Trade and Logistics course you will study the compulsory modules listed below and then complete a major independent project. We offer our students the opportunity to choose a project that best suits their career aspirations. As such, students can opt to take the Dissertation, or the Synoptic Research Project, or the Work Based Project module.
Capstone Module Choice
You will choose one of the following capstone modules that best suits your academic interests or professional development requirements.
Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments.
Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or come from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.
Assessment methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations and practical exercises. The majority of assessments are based on individual assignments, but there is some assessed group work.
At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.
We're investing over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Business School.
Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:
Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.
We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.
This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.
Field trips are optional and incur a cost.
The course is delivered over two 12-week semesters. During your third semester you will be working on your Capstone Module.
The course focuses on managing international organisations in a rapidly changing, global, business environment. It is for those who have previously studied a business-related subject and/or have business work experience.
We equip you with the necessary skills to work at a managerial level in an international organisation and to work effectively in more than one country. You have the opportunity to develop cultural intelligence and work in multicultural teams. This course has a diverse mix of cultures with students from China, Russia, Indian subcontinent, Africa, SE Asia and the EU.
Your studies involve a mixture of knowledge-based learning such as understanding the dynamics of business in different parts of the world and skills-based learning including work experience. Both are underpinned by rigorous application of current academic theory.
The work experience part of the course includes • business simulations • an international consultancy project • visits to companies and organisations • guest speakers. These opportunities give you the chance to develop your practical skills in a real world setting.
Previous consultancy clients have included • the BBC Worldwide • Marshall Aerospace • Sheffield Forgemasters Ltd • British Telecom • Stanley Hand Tools.
Your dissertation, which is a major project, is usually on an issue of strategic importance geared to your interest. It can be based on a live issue identified by an international company.
We are one of just nine UK business schools to secure EPAS accreditation for masters-level courses, which means you can be confident that this degree is of a high standard compared to other courses around the world. Our International Business Management MSc is accredited by the Brussels-based European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). Its EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS) award recognises the academic rigour, employability, internationalisation and research that underpins the course. The continuous improvement that EPAS requires means that you will benefit from international partnerships, and more opportunities to work study and aboard.
September start – typically 12 months
January start – typically 15 months but you can complete it in 12 months
Work experience route:
September start – typically 18-24 months
Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma
You will also study:
This module is designed to provide postgraduate students of international business and with a useful and practical introduction to research methods, which allows you to develop the necessary research and academic study skills and also select the appropriate method required to undertake your Masters dissertation.
This module enables you to develop a deeper insight in a chosen area of study within the field of international business. You demonstrate critical thinking, originality and independence of enquiry to produce a comprehensive piece of original research within an appropriate area.
You complete a range of assignments during and at the end of each semester.
Graduates from this course have an impressive record of securing employment with well-known multinationals and international SMEs.
Companies include • Phoenix Precision technology, Taiwan • IQPC, Singapore • UBIFrance • Sika Ltd, China • Sheffield Forgemasters International, UK • ARGOS logistics, Shanghai • Nissan, UK • Brunei Shell petroleum, Brunei • Pryas Consulting, India • GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, Netherlands.
Successful graduates work in business areas such as • business development • marketing • human resource management • project management • consultancy • trade
Some students return home to apply their expertise in family firms, A small number of the highest academic achievers may continue their education through PhD study.
With any international trade there is a need to ensure that all formalities are dealt with effectively and risks are managed as much as they can be. International Commercial Law is for you if you want to support and protect business in terms of all areas of trade, different business interpretations in each country and jurisdiction, intellectual property law protection, world trade production and logistics planning, oil and gas and arbitration. Within international property law you also learn about trade mark and brand protection, and cultural property issues as an optional course. You can work in a wide variety of careers in private business within energy, retail, manufacturing, IT and technology, and many other business sectors reliant on international trade to grow their business. You will be responsible for drafting and negotiating contracts within business operations, goods and services and you will have a deep understanding about business. You may also be required to go overseas and work long hours at times when you are busy. This is an area of law with immense variety in it and diversity.
The programme at Aberdeen in International Commercial Law gives you the opportunity to study intellectual property of brands, products and trade, commercial arbitration and international aspects to energy law to a degree of detail.
Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship
Oil and Gas Law
International Commercial Arbitration (on Campus)
International Commercial Arbitration in the Asia Pacific (on Campus
Private International Law: Jurisdiction in Business Transactions
International Intellectual Property Law
World Trade Organisations: Gatt
Cultural Property Issues: Law, Art, and Museums
Choice of Law for Business
Corporate Environment Liability
European Economic Law
Trade Marks and Brand Development
International Investment Arbitration in the Energy Sector
International Trade and Finance Law
Carriage of Goods by Sea
Master of Law Dissertation
Commercialising Innovation and Law
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