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Who is it for?

You are a business-focused individual with a high-performing career in global shipping and its associated industries as your ultimate goal. Equally at home with practical subjects and academic theory, you thrive on solving tough challenges under time constraints. You want to acquire or sharpen the skills necessary to operate at an executive level in areas ranging from shipping, supply chain and commodities, to finance, investment, trading, banking and related sectors and industries.

Objectives

The course is offered through the Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance. The Centre is widely recognised and valued by practitioners and academics.

Since its launch in 1983, its three primary aims remain the same:

  • Offer high quality teaching in its three interlinked disciplines of shipping, trade and finance
  • Produce high quality research in these areas
  • Create a forum for international dialogue between academia, industry and government and to link decision makers.

The combination of the three disciplines of shipping, trade and finance was pioneering at the time but also remains current and relevant in today’s economic and financial environment. This multi-disciplinary approach ensures that you are equipped with competitive skills and knowledge not only in the core area of shipping but also in the areas of commodity trade, ship finance, banking and investment.

What will you learn

  • Acquire a comprehensive grasp of the interlocking disciplines of shipping, trade and finance
  • Develop your range of hard and soft skills as an international decision maker
  • Develop your understanding of a wide range of economic issues that affect the shipping industry and all who work within it
  • Network with your peers and business leaders from the global business community
  • Gain a highly valuable international perspective on the challenges facing executives in shipping, finance, banking and international trade
  • Acquire a flexible qualification suitable for a wide range of roles in global shipping, commodity trade, investment and finance, from operations to strategy.

Assessment

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • eight core courses (5 - 25 credits each) and five electives (10 credits each)
  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits) or
  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination.

Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Induction Weeks

The course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused mainly on:

  • An introduction to the Cass Careers offering with a focus on key skills and attributes that employers are looking for.  The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.
  • a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Career pathways

The wide curriculum of the MSc STF provides a range of employment opportunities for our graduates. Many hold key positions and have eminent careers in over 70 countries in fields including:

  • investment banking and shipping finance
  • commodity trading
  • chartering
  • shipping management
  • logistics and supply chain
  • management consultancy
  • manufacturing
  • stockbroking
  • governmental positions

Visit the Shipping, Trade and Finance (MSc) page on the Cass Business School website for more details!

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