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MBA International Maritime Management

Solent University
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
15,000 GBP excl. VAT

Program description

MBA International Maritime Management

Got a passion for shipping? Hoping to advance your career in the maritime industry? Solent University’s MBA International Maritime Management programme will help you to develop your industry awareness, focusing on management practices, day-to-day operations and the international markets that drive this exciting industry.

The course combines traditional MBA content with focused elements unique to the world of shipping and maritime business. Throughout your studies, you’ll develop a greater understanding of the diverse and multi-faceted maritime industry, along with the complex interactions that occur on a global level between the numerous organisations, such as shipping companies, port authorities, businesses and governments.

In keeping with an MBA programme, you'll study key management-related areas such as human resource management, data analysis and finance and business risk, building upon your existing knowledge. These core management modules are combined with specialist maritime studies including international maritime law, maritime operations and transport and economics of international trade and shipping.

You’ll also enhance your research and analytical skills on a specialist research unit. The unit prepares students for a major research project, where you'll carry out original research into a specific area of the maritime industry. This project is a good opportunity to develop specialist knowledge, with many graduates using their research as a springboard for future careers.

The course is designed to help you develop a wide range of employability skills, and you’ll be encouraged to participate in extra curricula activities such as attending the Schools research seminars series, open lectures and visits to industry-related sites.

Students are taught by an international team of academics and industry professionals highly experienced in both business and the maritime industry.

What does this course lead to?

If you are a junior manager and have some experience of the shipping industry, this master’s course is ideally suited to build upon your existing skills and knowledge. Students graduate with the industry specific knowledge and problem solving experience required to work towards senior management roles.

Who is this course for?

This programme aims to develop and enhance the skills and knowledge of junior managers who have some experience of the maritime and shipping industry, in order to help them achieve their full potential and to become future leaders of the industry.

Admission requirements

Ideally a minimum of 2 years’ management experience, a significant proportion of which should be in the maritime sector. However exceptions may be made at the discretion of the programme leader.

  • If your first language is not English, you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 writing), or equivalent
  • A UK first degree at 2:1 or overseas equivalent or a good recognised professional qualification
  • A candidate without a good first degree or equivalent may be accepted onto the programme with a minimum of 4 years’ management experience, at the discretion of the programme leader 

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking
  • 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 Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

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Program content

Core units:

Human Resource Management and Leadership
A successful leader needs to develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership. These include critical thinking and decision-making skills, HR management techniques, team working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility.

Research and Project Proposal
This unit develops the students’ research and academic study skills and introduces them to the research process. It details the theoretical underpinning philosophies of research along with the methodological options for both data gathering and data analysis. It focuses on the identification and preparation for a discipline-specific research project.

Maritime Operations and Transport  
Maritime transport is driven by supply and demand of both natural resources and manufactured goods which in turn dictate the trade routes utilised and the markets within which they operate. In order to facilitate this trade there are a wide range of vessel types with specialist operational and regulatory requirements. This unit is aimed at delivering a highly intensive programme of study that will review specific requirements for these different vessels and the factors that influence the trade routes and drive the markets. Sustainability and protection of the marine environment will also be addressed

Information and Data Analytics
Understanding the strategic importance of information technology to support the successful management of an organisation and its day to day decision making is vital. 

The aim is for students to be statistically aware by concentrating on the conceptual and practical application of statistics rather than the theoretical and numerical underpinnings

Management of Strategy and Organisational Change
Examine advanced strategic concepts within an international corporate context focusing on maritime organisations. Develop the ability to recognise the increasing competitiveness and volatility in an ever changing global business environment whilst seeking to critically assess these challenges to make well-reasoned decisions contributing to the success of organisations.

International Marketing
The unit considers the issues of strategic International Marketing within the complex environment that enterprises operate, where opportunities and constraints are continually developing and changing. The emphasis will be on business-to-business marketing strategies and on how these can create competitive advantage for a shipping business.

Economics of International Trade and Shipping
Students will appreciate and comprehend the fundamental principles of international trade and establish the transferable skills and the problem-solving techniques that they will need if they are to give appropriate advice or recommendations on practical commercial problems.

Finance and Business Risk
This unit requires students to critically reflect on the relevance and integration of finance theories, in terms of how they can be applied to contemporary real world issues. Examples and cases from international financial markets and corporations will be used to develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of complex financial relationships within the wider maritime business environment.

International Maritime Law
This unit provides the opportunity for the student to critically evaluate the development, aims and applications of International Maritime Law. Special attention is given to problem-solving through the use of a negotiating exercise. The unit investigates the allocation of rights and duties concerning the exploitation of natural resources in the marine environment, and international and European regulation of shipping and the marine environment.

Independent Maritime Business Research Project
The unit provides the opportunity to develop and carry out research applied to an area relevant to the programme of study and in an area of personal interest to the student and which is also relevant to a student’s future career

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

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SO14 0YN Southhampton
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