MSc International Maritime Business

About this course

On this stimulating and intellectually challenging course you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to operate successfully within the maritime industry. The course has a strong business focus and explores the complex factors involved in the management of ships and shipping operations worldwide. You’ll reflect on the latest research in safety and risk management techniques and look at the impact of international legislation on management strategies in the industry.

Course content

You will study six common units and two subject specific units, the indicative units are as follows:

Core units:
  • International Maritime Law
  • Maritime Management
  • Maritime Operations and Transport
  • Project Management Methodology
  • Research Methods
  • International Trade and Commercial Law
  • Finance and Business Risk
  • Project.

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 on your Project unit.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course involves 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. You are taught by both academics and staff with professional experience and backgrounds in the industry. 

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
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.

How to book

Please contact the Southampton Solent University admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5066
Email: admissions@solent.ac.uk

Our office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Course information

Approvals

Accredited by Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), validated by CILT

Assessment

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Entry level

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in maritime studies, shipping, business, economics, law, or a relevant subject.
  • An ordinary degree or HND in a technical or business discipline, combined with appropriate professional experience.
  • Other qualifications may also be considered – contact the School office for further information.
  • If your first language is not English, you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 writing), or equivalent.
  • Part-time study is not available for overseas students requiring a student visa.

English language requirements
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:
  • IELTS minimum 6.5 (6.0 in writing)
  • TOEFL IBT 92 (22 in writing) - TOEFL is only valid for EU students or equivalent.