MSc International Shipping and Logistics

About this course

This intellectually challenging course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to operate successfully within this dynamic industry.

You’ll gain a detailed understanding of the operations and strategies of shipping as a single transport mode within the context of international multimodal logistics.

Course content

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

  • International Maritime Law
  • Maritime Management
  • Maritime Operations and Transport
  • Economics of International Trade and Shipping
  • Research Methods
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Operational Risk Management
  • 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 for your Project unit.

Teaching and learning

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. Their wide-ranging expertise covers:

  • logistics and supply chain management
  • business and strategic management
  • port and ship operations
  • maritime safety
  • sustainable shipping
  • risk management.

How to book

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

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5066

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

Course information


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


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.

Career opportunities

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.

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

Entry level

  • 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.
  • An ordinary degree or HND in a technical or business discipline, combined with appropriate professional experience.
  • Equivalent qualifications may also be considered – contact the schools 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.

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