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MSc International Maritime Studies - Shipping and Logistics (Part Time)

The programme offers intellectually challenging courses with a diversity of learning experiences that aim to provide you with the skills and knowledge to operate competently within these developing areas

This course is part of the taught MSc programme in International Maritime Studies (IMS) which is designed to provide a period of intensive study in a specialist maritime area.

In the current market place a shipping manager is required to be familiar with all aspects of international supply chain management. The shipping industry is evolving towards an integrated multimodal door-to-door logistics service.

The MSc International Maritime Studies - Shipping and Logistics degree is designed to enable you to have a detailed knowledge and understanding of both the operations and strategies of shipping as a single transport mode within the context of international multimodal logistics.

For more detailed course information, see the IMS programme overview|.

Course content

Maritime Business Law

This unit will enhance the student’s learning experience and stimulate learning outcomes by  challenging the student to explore issues in  Maritime Law from the mature outlook of the Post Graduate level. Now their conceptions of the maritime world have changed with their studies – as a result they see that world differently, so that they are able to evaluate a specific issue for themselves, and form a personal view about its validity. This will be particularly valuable insofar as the unit takes forward elements of the content introduced in  the International Maritime Law unit, so the two units complement each other.

The unit presents challenging issues, in areas which are not only those established as  important to a well-developed masters’ student’s appreciation of shipping and commercial  law but, also, address current contentious and evolving areas.

Management of Shipping Operations

This unit provides you with an understanding of the total management issues required in managing a shipping operation both on-board ship and ashore. The inter-relationship of different management functions throughout the shipping operation, and how ship and shore are linked is studied to promote an understanding of how this will enhance the commercial, safety and environmental protection aims of the maritime venture. These issues are all examined in relation to the requirements of current international maritime legislation.

Maritime Business and IT Strategy

This unit blends the complementary subjects of strategic management and Information and Communication Technology (I&CT) strategy in the context of maritime enterprises and organisations. The unit recognises the increasing role of Information Technology in the strategic development of the maritime enterprise and considers appropriate methods for developing strategies in this context. Enterprise processes are recognised as an important approach providing the means to integrate the areas of business and technology strategy with strategic business improvement. The implementation of strategic change in the enterprise allows consideration of marketing management, project management and the human issues related to major enterprise change.

Maritime Transport and Logistics

This unit focuses on the commercial and logistics environment within which maritime transport operates, in particular organisations which own, operate or manage shipping. Senior managers need to understand the economic and logistics demands which drive this competitive and volatile industry. The unit analyses the commercial operation of ships in the bulk and liner shipping freight markets and the way in which maritime transport integrates in global supply chains.

Project Proposal

This unit develops the research and academic study skills relevant to being successful at Masters Level in Higher Education. More specifically it introduces students to the research process and details the theoretical underpinning philosophies of research along with the methodological options for both data gathering and data analysis. The intent of the unit is to enable students to produce a realistic and achievable research proposal that they can then implement in order to produce a Masters Level project.


Maritime professionals need to develop and demonstrate competence in identifying, investigating and analysing problems associated with their existing, or potential, areas of responsibility. They need to be able to communicate the findings effectively and to influence others, as well as lead changes in policy or practices. This unit develops these skills, from identifying an area for research, through planning and implementing a programme of research, to analysing, evaluating, interpreting and communicating the findings. These skills are applied to an area relevant to the programme of study and in an area of personal interest to the student. The unit also provides the opportunity to carry out research and further development in an area relevant to a student’s future career.

Key career skills

Communication, problem solving, working to deadlines, teamwork and presentation.

Solent's special features

The Msc International Maritime Studies programme is validated by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), London. Depending on the choice of pathway, successful completion of the MSc will provide up to four exemptions from the Institute's professional examinations.

How to Book

Please contact the course administrator if you require more information about this course:

Course Administrator
Telephone: +44 (0)1489 556239
E-mail: wsa@solent.ac.uk|

Course codes



2 Years

Modes of study


Each taught unit is assessed by a combination of presentations, written coursework and/or an examination. The exact combination of assessments, and their timing, depends on the subject nature of each unit.

Entry level

For all IMS courses, the normal academic entry requirement is a minimum of a lower second (2.2) Honours degree (or equivalent) in any one of the following:

  • Maritime-related Studies;
  • Environmental Science;
  • Engineering;
  • Management;
  • Transport;
  • Economics;
  • Geography;
  • Business; Law. 

Please note that this list is not exclusive. 

Alternatively, a Higher National Diploma (Merit or Distinction award) or ordinary degree in a maritime-related subject combined with an appropriate track record of achievement in a professional context, such as at a senior managerial level, may be sufficient.


In the case of professional mariners, the entry requirements are as follows:

  • Deck Officer: Master's (Unlimited) Certificate + at least two years' experience as Chief Officer.


  • Ship Engineer: Chief Engineer (Class 1) Certificate + at least two years' as Chief Engineer.

International students are required to show evidence of their English level as part of their entry requirements. See English entry requirements|

Career opportunities

The course aim to produce graduates who are both technically competent and capable of management at project level and above.

Career paths include

  • project managers within relevant maritime organisations and business, 
  • research and development professionals, 
  • managers involved in the development of policies and, 
  • managers involved in the implementation of policies


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