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MSc International Shipping and Logistics

Course Description


Over 90 per cent of the world’s goods are transported by sea, making shipping and shipping logistics a vital part of world trade. Southampton Solent University’s international shipping and logistics master’s degree will help you develop the key skills and knowledge required to tap into this exciting, global industry.

- Students are taught by a team of experienced professionals from a wide range of backgrounds within the maritime and logistics industries.
- The course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and is validated 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 shipping and logistics master’s programme have had the opportunity to experience the maritime industry first-hand during visits to external organisations.
- 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 -

Shipping managers in the current marketplace need to understand all aspects of international supply chain management. As the shipping industry evolves towards an integrated, multimodal, door-to-door logistics approach, such knowledge becomes increasingly important.

Southampton Solent’s intellectually challenging international shipping and logistics master’s degree is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge sought after by employers within this dynamic industry. The units studied during the course aim to enable students to develop a detailed understanding of the operations and strategies of shipping as a single transport mode within the context of international multimodal logistics.

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 students to graduate with the necessary knowledge and work-based skills that will enhance their career prospects.

To complement their studies, past students have had the opportunity to visit key maritime organisations, such as the ports of Southampton, Antwerp and Rotterdam, the International Maritime Organization and the Baltic Exchange. Some of these visits were funded outside of the course fees.

An important element of the course is the accreditation by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS). 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).

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. These units include:

Core units
- Maritime Management
- International Maritime Law
- Maritime Operations and Transport
- Project Management Methodology
- Research Methods and Proposal
- Supply Chain Management
- Operational Risk Management


- 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:

There are opportunities to visit external organisations and facilities to see the practical application of learning from the course. Some of these are funded outside of the course fees.


Assessment may include presentations, written coursework and/or an examination. The exact mix depends on the unit. You’ll also complete a 15,000- to 20,000-word research dissertation on a relevant topic.

Our facilities -

Our maritime systems laboratories have state-of-the-art IT systems to manage maritime resources and data, including 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 mix of theoretical and practical skills, our graduates are well equipped for careers in maritime business, logistics and/or supply chain management, either in the UK or internationally.

Links with industry -

You’ll be taught by a highly skilled team with wide-ranging experience in the maritime industry. You’ll also benefit from our first-rate facilities in and around Southampton.

The course has been designed in conjunction with industry professionals to ensure that you gain the necessary skills for career success.

Transferable skills -

You’ll develop a range of transferable skills, encompassing critical thinking, problem-solving, negotiation, working to deadlines, 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

Do you see yourself working in the fast-paced world of global shipping? With its strong links to industry and emphasis on building a mix of theoretical and practical skills, Southampton Solent’s international shipping and logistics master’s degree will help equip you for a career in maritime logistics or supply chain management, either in the UK or internationally.

Visit the MSc International Shipping and Logistics page on the Southampton Solent University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Boris Veselinov Penev, Student

3768.jpg The shipping and logistics program at Southampton Solent University was an outstanding experience in my life. The in-depth courses on all important maritime areas and segments, combined with the vast amount of information available through the University’s library and the brilliant dedicated teaching staff were a great source of knowledge for me and my classmates. The accreditations of the University’s maritime programs and the connections Southampton Solent University have within the sea transport industry will help anyone pursuing career in shipping. If I had to choose an international maritime course again, Southampton Solent University was going to be my first choice!


Entry Requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in maritime studies or shipping. We also welcome applications from those with a non-maritime background, who have studied subjects such as business, economics or law. More Information: View Website

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