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Got a passion for shipping? Hoping to advance your career in the maritime industry? Southampton Solent University’s MBA International Maritime Management programme will help you to develop your industry awareness, focusing on management practices, day-to-day operations and the international markets that drive this exciting industry.

- Students study a traditional MBA curriculum alongside advanced maritime management skills.
- The course is taught by academic staff from a wide range of industry backgrounds. Their expertise includes port and ship operations, ship finance, maritime law, chartering, general management and logistics.
- Southampton Solent University is ideally positioned in the heart of the UK’s shipping capital.- Students are invited to join our Maritime Society for regular social events, guest speakers and volunteering opportunities.
- Southampton Solent’s strong links with industry help ensure that students examine real-life scenarios and case studies, grounding the learning experience firmly in a maritime context.
- Southampton Solent University is a leading contributor of maritime industry research.
- Maritime management students will undertake a major research project. This is an excellent opportunity to specialise knowledge and prepare for careers after graduation.
- Students will have the chance to visit the Port of Southampton and other relevant maritime organisations.

The industry -

Shipping is a key link in the global supply chain and accounts for over 95 per cent of all imports and exports. With the growing demand of a global population, levels of international trade have dramatically increased over the last four decades. In the UK alone, this translates to a contribution of around £31 billion for the UK economy and the maritime industry is responsible for one in every 50 jobs. With the world shipping fleet growing at just under 4 per cent per year and anticipated annual growth in seaborne trade demand currently sitting at 3-4 per cent, opportunities in this industry continue to be as diverse and numerous as the cargo it carries.

The programme -

This interdisciplinary course combines traditional MBA content with elements that are unique to the world of shipping and maritime business. Students study all aspects of the maritime industry, exploring the global business environment and developing a greater understanding of the complex interactions between shipping companies, port authorities, businesses and governments.

Business modules cover a range of topics including advanced strategic planning, international marketing and scalable project management methodologies. Students will then apply this newly gained knowledge to a group consultancy project, working in teams to solve real workplace issues.
Maritime units look at global supply chain and logistics management, using this as a context from which to explore fundamental principles of international trade; investment risk; finance and maritime law.

Students will also enhance their research and analytical skills on specialist research units. These units prepare students for a major research project, where they will carry out original research into a specific area of the maritime industry. This project is a good opportunity to specialise knowledge, with many graduates using their research as a springboard for future careers.

Course Content

Teaching, learning and assessment -

The course’s taught content is delivered through a combination of workshops, seminars, case studies, problem-solving sessions, group projects and work based assignments. Students will also have the opportunity to work alongside relevant maritime organisations, developing solutions for real business problems.

Work experience -

Students develop their business and management skills to the highest standard with a curriculum that emphasises real world learning. Students are also encouraged to attend optional events including research seminars, open lectures and visits to industry-related sites.

Full time students are able to take part in activity weeks, undertaking group learning projects and self-directed activities related to the coursework.

Our facilities -

Our maritime systems laboratories have state-of-the-art IT systems to manage maritime resources and data. This includes geographic information systems (GIS).

Students also benefit from access to our 24-hour library, modern IT facilities and a range of expert learning and employability support services.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, case studies, suggested reading and peer/tutor interaction.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

If you are a junior manager and have some experience of the shipping industry, this master’s course is ideally suited to build upon your existing skills and knowledge. Students graduate with the industry specific knowledge and problem solving experience required to work towards senior management roles.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

- Project management
- Ship and shipping company management
- Marine accident investigation
- Business development
- Voyage operations management
- Port management
- Marine client management
- Chartering
- Vessel operations

Links with industry -

Southampton Solent University is only a short distance from the Port of Southampton, the UK’s second busiest commercial shipping port. Being in the heart of such an important area for UK shipping helps students to see the real-world applications of theories learnt in the classroom.

Maritime courses at Southampton Solent University are taught by a team with extensive industry experience and a wide range of industry contacts.

Transferable skills -

Students develop a range of transferable skills including critical thinking, problem-solving, negotiation, teamwork and presentation.

Further study -

Further study opportunities are available through a developing PhD programme within the school.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £7,000 per year

International full-time fees £12,020 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £3,500 per year

International part-time fees £6,010 per year

Other costs -

Optional Trip to Rotterdam: £275 plus lunch and dinner expenses

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Visit the MBA International Maritime Management page on the Southampton Solent University website for more details!





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