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Global Shipping Management, MSc Postgraduate prospectus

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The MSc Global Shipping Management programme provides a unique opportunity to address the academic and educational needs of the rapidly growing and competitive global shipping industry. This postgraduate degree programme addresses the key challenges of the shipping industry through the combination of theoretical maritime and shipping management topics with the emerging industry trends; applying the learning within the shipping, maritime and port industry sectors.

This programme provides a global perspective and also maintains a high quality of delivery from experts, from both industry and academia. The programme also features software products and computer-based training from market leaders in the appropriate subject areas.


The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide students with an enhanced knowledge base of current and reflective practice necessary to initiate or further a career in global shipping management
  • To develop an advanced insight into the global shipping management commercial environment and requirements
  • To develop critical insight of management issues relating to the shipping business.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

An undergraduate degree in a business, law, science or technology discipline with at least a second-class award.

OR Merchant Marine or Royal Navy Officer qualifications (or overseas equivalent) with relevant sea-experience and/or equivalent shore based work experience will be considered.

  • Students with appropriate professional and vocational experience may be considered for the programme subject to demonstrating the potential to succeed in the programme.
  • Particular attention is paid to the level of relationship of each individual candidate with the shipping industry
  • Overseas qualifications will be considered on an individual basis
  • Full-time or part-time admission with advanced standing will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

Extra information


Assessment methods include examinations, coursework and a project.

Professional recognition

Accreditation will be sought for the programme. It is strongly anticipated that this programme will have a minimum of two accrediting professional bodies.


Our career-focused, one-year postgraduate degree will help you navigate the complexities of the global shipping industry. You will study environmental issues and the latest regulations and governance, and develop a range of business and management skills that will help you launch your career in this large and dynamic field.

Specialised equipment

Students will have access to existing online resources such as Moodle, library online resources, IEEEXplore, databases, Web of Knowledge and Scopus.

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