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Course content

This course is practically oriented and draws heavily on the research and consultancy of expert faculty.

Overview

The MSc in Maritime Policy and Shipping Management programme is practically-oriented and it draws heavily on the research and consultancy of the staff, reflecting our leading international position in the field of maritime affairs.

The programme has been developed largely for students who wish to enhance their careers in international management and policy-making in a maritime context, either in practice or in academia. In the taught stage, you will study a combination of core and optional modules covering shipping operations, management, and policy formulation. Opportunities to consider shipping within wider logistics systems are also provided.

The dissertation stage allows you to further develop an area of special interest in the maritime field, enabling you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have gained during the taught modules.

The programme equips you to go into the private or public sectors including the business environment, government or academia.

Distinctive features

  • The programme offers a multi-disciplinary approach to examining the maritime industry, the policy environment within which it operates, and the management of shipping operations.
  • With a variety of options, there are opportunities to specialise in subject areas that are of particular relevance and interest to you.
  • You will be taught by leading academics in the field of maritime affairs with an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.
  • You will have the chance to acquire high-quality practical skills and to develop innovative ideas.
  • You will be part of a community at Cardiff Business School which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
  • You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014), and the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB International.

Learning and assessment

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to up-to-date real-life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking. Reflecting the Business School’s wider strategy, Public Value is embedded within our teaching. The range of available options encourages a multi-disciplinary approach to be taken.

Many teaching and learning resources will be provided electronically through Learning Central. In order to successfully complete the course, you will need to work during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly give an overview of a particular aspect of the module content. You will have opportunities to ask questions and be reflective in lectures. Classes and workshops provide you with the opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate understanding of the topic.

In addition to timetabled classes, guest presentations by practitioners will also be available, enabling students to relate the knowledge provided by the lecturers to real-world examples.

Career prospects

The programme provides a wide range of professional skills and can lead to a wide variety of job opportunities. Many of our graduates find employment nationally and internationally, in ship operating/management companies, protection and indemnity clubs, industry associations and policy organisations. Recent graduates have found employment with Shipping Lines, Port Authorities, Vessel Traffic Management Organisations, the International Maritime Organisation, and in Risk Management Companies


Visit the Maritime Policy and Shipping Management - MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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