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BSc (Hons) Maritime Transport and International Logistics

Solent University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
12,500 GBP excl. VAT

Program description

BSc (Hons) Maritime Transport and International Logistics

The world is now a truly global community with goods moving great distances in response to consumer supply and demand. There is a high demand for the shipment of key commodities such as iron, steel, coal and cement to meet the needs of industrial growth and infrastructure development. Likewise, raw and unprocessed commodities are transported to countries where they are processed and manufactured into goods which are then shipped around the world.

As nations develop, the shipping and logistics industry will also grow to meet consumers’ needs. To manage the movement of these goods there will be a crucial need for knowledgeable and well trained graduates who not only understand the constraints and demands of the industry, but also have the ability to solve problems and provide creative and appropriate solutions. Solent’s maritime transport and international logistics course is designed to meet this need and the growing demand for specialist knowledge in the field of international logistics.

The course equips students with knowledge and understanding of international logistics and supply chain management across all transport modes. There will be particular emphasis on the maritime industry and how other transport modes integrate with shipping on a global scale.

Students are taught by staff with a wide range of experience and knowledge. Students benefit from the mixture of industry professionals and academics as well as from the international outlook of the team. To help develop a good understanding of the subject, staff place a strong focus on learning through application within the real world, demonstrating theory within practice.

Solent’s annual maritime conference is a highlight of the academic calendar and allows students to network with senior professionals and industry experts to make valuable contacts. It also offers the opportunity to listen to a wide range of industry leaders speaking about current maritime issues, keeping students up-to-date with what is happening in the industry ‘right now’. Speakers at previous conferences have included professionals from organisations such as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, NYK Group Europe Ltd and the Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers.

Students are able to develop their knowledge of maritime transport and its role within international logistics, as well as understand the theory and practice of logistics and supply chain management on a global scale.

What does this course lead to?

Students will gain key knowledge and specific expertise in business, management, law, the supply chain and finance – all of the essential skills required to apply for a range of roles in this major global industry. From shipbrokers and chartering, ship management and operations, port and terminal management to shipping analysts, freight forwarding logistics professionals and supply chain specialists - the opportunities in this industry are as diverse as the cargo it carries.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those interested in pursuing a career in logistics, particularly within the global shipping industry. The course will suit those with a good commercial acumen, as there is a strong business, finance and law aspect to the core units.

Admission requirements

96 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD orequivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Entry to year two may be offered to those with an HND or foundation degree in an appropriate subject.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through theBusiness Foundation Year.

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 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

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Program content

Year one

Core units

  • Research for Business
  • Transport Geography
  • Managing Financial Information
  • Maritime Business
  • Introduction to Law
  • Maritime Operations

Year two

Core units

  • Current Marine Issues
  • Ports and Logistics
  • Management of Marine Organisations
  • Transport Logistics
  • Ship Management and Operations


  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Languages

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units

  • Project*
  • Extended Project*
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Procurement and Strategic Planning
  • International Logistics Operations
  • Economics and Transport Technology


  • Terminal Planning and Development
  • Languages

*one of the option choices must be Project or Extended Project

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Scholarships & funding

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. 

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Solent University

Solent University

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Solent University
E Park Terrace
SO14 0YN Southhampton
United Kingdom

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