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MSc International Maritime Business

Course Description


Keen to learn more about the business of maritime? With a rich blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, Southampton Solent’s international maritime business master’s programme aims to leave graduates well-equipped for careers in ship management or port operations/management, both in the UK and internationally.

- Students are taught by a team of experienced professionals from a wide range of backgrounds within the maritime and related industries.
- The course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and verified by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
- Students study in the heart of Southampton - a major hub in the UK and European maritime and shipping industry.
- Southampton Solent’s China Centre (Maritime) is key to developing strong industry links in China and the Far East.
- The University has strong international partnerships with a number of maritime organisations and other universities.
- Students previously studying on the international maritime business master’s programme have had the opportunity to experience the maritime industry first-hand during port visits to Rotterdam and Southampton.
- Southampton Solent is leading the way in maritime research across a range of important issues.

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 four per cent per year and anticipated annual growth in seaborne trade demand currently sitting at three-four per cent, the employment opportunities within the maritime sector look set to expand.

The programme -

This stimulating and intellectually challenging course helps to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to operate successfully within the international maritime industry.

The course has a strong business focus and explores the complex factors involved in the management of ships and shipping operations worldwide. Students will also reflect on the key aspects of maritime law, operations and risk management techniques and look at the impact of international trade on management strategies in the industry.

An important element of the course is the accreditation by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS). Depending on their chosen pathway, students on this master’s programme may be exempt from some of the Institute’s professional exams. The course is also validated by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Taught by a highly skilled team with wide-ranging experience in the maritime industry, the course has been designed in conjunction with key maritime industry organisations to enable you to graduate with the necessary knowledge and work-based skills that will enhance students’ career prospects.

Recently, Southampton Solent University launched the China Centre (Maritime) with the key aim of growing a number of strong links with industry and with maritime universities in China, allowing the University to be at the forefront of international research and global trade developments.

Course Content

You will study five core units, two option units as well as a project. Indicative units:

Core units:

- Maritime Management
- International Maritime Law
- Maritime Operations and Transport
- International Trade and Commercial Law
- Project Management Methodology
- Finance and Business Risk
- Research Methods and Proposal


- Maritime professionals need to be skilled in identifying and analysing problems to lead changes in policy or practices. You’ll develop these skills by identifying, planning and implementing research in your chosen area, and analysing and communicating the findings.

Programme specification document - http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6152

Teaching, learning and assessment -

The course is taught by a mix of lectures, seminars, simulation and negotiation exercises, problem-based learning and field work.

There is also a strong emphasis on research and you’ll complete a thesis under supervision.

Work experience:

You’ll have opportunities to visit external organisations and facilities to see the practical application of your learning. Some of these are funded outside of the course fees.


Assessment is through a mix of presentations, written coursework, an examination and a negotiation exercise. The exact mix depends on the unit. You’ll also complete a 15,000- to 20,000-word research dissertation.

Our facilities -

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

Study abroad -

We organise an annual international field trip to the Port of Rotterdam.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

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

With a rich blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, our graduates are well equipped for careers in ship management or port operations/management, either in the UK or internationally.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

- General and project management roles within relevant maritime organisations and businesses.
- Ship and shipping company management.
- Marine accident investigation.
- Marine Business Development Manager.
- Voyage Operations Manager.
- Port Development Manager.
- Marine Client Manager.
- Charterer.
- Vessel Operator.

Links with industry -

You will be taught by a highly skilled team with wide-ranging experience in the maritime industry. You’ll also have access to first-rate industry-standard facilities in and around Southampton. We have designed the course in conjunction with maritime industry representatives to ensure that you graduate with the necessary work-based skills to enhance your career prospects.

Transferable skills -

You’ll 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.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates -

Our graduates have pursued a variety of careers in organisations such as:

- BP
- The Baltic Exchange
- Grimaldi Group
- Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
- Rio Tinto
- Royal Caribbean International
- Transport Malta.

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

Next steps

Want to make the most of the employment opportunities the global maritime industry has to offer? With its strong business focus and established international links, Southampton Solent’s international maritime business master’s degree will equip you will the right skills and knowledge to make your mark in this exciting and fast-paced industry.

Visit the MSc International Maritime Business page on the Southampton Solent University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Fabian Nwabueze, Marine business analyst

3767.jpg As an experienced student, I took considerable time to research the strengths of leading maritime universities before embarking on a postgraduate study. Southampton Solent University in conjunction with Warsash Maritime Academy offered such a rich heritage and a global reputation of excellence in the maritime arena that was hard to beat by its competitors. Upon enrolment my expectation of quality was exceeded and I benefited from the University's fully sponsored and paid-up graduate associate's program with a ship-owning company that boosted my career prospects afterwards.


Entry Requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in maritime studies, shipping, business, economics, law, or a relevant subject. More Information: View Website

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