Plymouth Business School

MSc International Shipping

Join a programme that combines over 40 years of international industry experience with a strong focus on commercial aspects of shipping, logistics and ports. Build industry connections through the visiting speakers' programme and stand out to employers with a qualification accredited by the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport and recognised by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and The Nautical Institute.

Stand out to employers with an accredited qualification

Our shipping masters degrees are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and recognised by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and The Nautical Institute.

Careers with this subject

Our graduates are highly employable and currently working globally in various companies as procurement managers, procurement consultants, sourcing analysts, sourcing strategies and supplier managers.

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Key features

  • Stand out to employers with a postgraduate qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and recognised by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and The Nautical Institute.
  • Gain the specialist skills you need to enter senior management positions in the maritime industry and related fields.
  • Designed to appeal to those already in the workplace, our programme allows you to take the opportunity to enhance your professional competence by building on your existing experiences through a structured programme of study.
  • Graduate and join our fleet of successful alumni, highly regarded in their industry for possessing the critical skills required to discuss a range of solutions for serious management problems in international shipping and port management.
  • Broaden your horizons by joining a programme with a truly international focus. In any given year our students might hail from over 20 different countries, enhancing one another’s academic experiences and providing excellent opportunities for international networking.
  • Benefit from the breadth of knowledge of our multicultural and international staff with expertise in their respective areas and a wealth of industry liaison experience.
  • Position yourself at the leading-edge of the industry thanks to our research-informed programme of study – our staff undertake substantial research in the areas of international shipping, international logistics and supply chain management.
  • Harness the latest technologies to enhance your learning experience – our expertise in simulation-based technology will allow you to enter the work place up to speed with the most contemporary techniques.
  • Build the industry knowledge to transition smoothly into the workplace thanks to regular visits to companies, trade exhibitions, seminars, workshops and industry conferences.
  • Plot your own course through your studies - our programme offers a learner-centred approach that is responsive to your needs. If you wish, you can choose to complete your studies in three consecutive years.
  • Develop a wide-reaching network of industry contacts thanks to our programme of visiting expert industry speakers providing specialist knowledge and insights as well as opportunities to seek internship, consultancy, or research experience.
  • Access the benefits offered by our extensive alumni association – PYNDA. PYNDA members now occupy all levels within the maritime industries and joining the association will allow you to develop contacts and source opportunities via your fellow alums.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • The MSc International Shipping programme caters to the commercial needs of the specialist segments of the maritime industry. Our programme reflects a demand for the professionals with the knowledge, technical capacity and skills demanded in senior management positions in various industries. Students and professionals have the opportunity to pursue a postgraduate programme in international shipping in sufficient depth to merit masters degree, postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate awards.

    The programme is designed to appeal to students and professionals seeking to gain the specialist skills required to enter into middle or senior management positions in maritime related industries.

    International Shipping also offers an opportunity to enhance the professional competence of individuals who are already experienced and who wish to build on that experience through a structured programme of study. Our programme is delivered by research intensive staff with extensive industry experience and continuous engagement with the industry.

    Core modules
    • MAR701 Research Skills and Economics for International Supply Chains

      This module develops the skills you require to carry out international supply chain research including communication, writing and oral presentation, and promotes critical awareness of economic and other business contexts.

    • MAR702 Maritime Finance and Business Modelling

      You'll explore the role of business finance in maritime industries including interpretation of traditional accounts and analysis of corporate performance and approaches to investment appraisal. You'll have the opportunity to develop your hands-on skills for decision making, based on an integrated approach to quantitative decision methods using spread sheets.

    • MAR703 International Trade, Procurement, Logistics and Shipping

      In this module students analyse the international procurement, logistics and shipping of goods, the principles, processes, and strategies of international trade and the legal concepts by which they are regulated.

    • MAR704 Logistics, Supply Chains, Systems and Methods

      Equip yourself to be able to structure complex logistical and supply chain problems using operational tools. You'll also explore a conceptual model for dissertations.

    • MAR710 Research Project

      In the Project/Dissertation you will be expected to research a topic or problem related to your award title on the basis of relevant literature and appropriate empirical work. You may choose to participate in either an established research area or follow a line of work based of your own interest.

    Optional modules
    • MAR705 Shipping Finance, Management and Law

      You'll debate the advanced principles and applications of finance, management and law relating to the operation of ships.

    • MAR706 Port Policy and Management

      This module will play a central role in your examination of the significance of port policy and the management of ports in the modern supply chain management system and logistics framework.

    • MAR711 Maritime Security

      The module explores maritime security, including a role-playing simulation, including operational environment, problem, operational approach, and command sub-teams. Following a series of briefings, the design team will re-run the response to a previous case or respond to a notional scenario. Cases selected may encompass such things as a sudden flow of migrants at sea; resource and territorial disputes; challenges to the freedom of navigation; and managing the threat of (cyber) terrorism, piracy, and/or smuggling.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc International Shipping Logistics Procurement Supply Chain Management Programme Specification Oct19 2372

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

UK/EU

A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

International

Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes. Tell me more about scholarships and bursaries.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,500 £8,800
International £14,400 £14,800
Part time (Home/EU) £500 £500
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

PYNDA

Plymouth Nautical Degree Association

PYNDA is a thriving group of alumni who have studied marine and maritime degrees at University of Plymouth - and all its previous incarnations. We continue to be closely involved with the University and are keen to welcome new members.

PYNDA membership offers:

  • Networking events
  • Socials
  • Conferences
  • Support and advice
Discover PYNDA


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Let our graduates inspire you

The future of maritime education

The University of Plymouth in conjunction with Maritime UK as part of the ‘40 years of MSc International Shipping’ celebration hosted an event which was part of the prestigious London International Shipping Week. The event ‘The future of Maritime Education’ included discussions with a panel of leading maritime figures:

  • Richard Clayton, Chief correspondent, Lloyd’s List
  • Cara Carter, Operations and QA Director, Halcyon Recruitment
  • Syamantak Bhattacharya, Dean of Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering
  • Ross McKissock, London Container Terminal Asset Manager, Port of Tilbury
  • Katharina Stanzel, Managing Director, Intertanko

Dr Stavros Karamperidis hosted and chaired the event which generated a lively discussion among the participants and the panel. Dr Karamperidis also had the opportunity to demonstrate the maritime business teaching and research at Plymouth Business School, promoting our long maritime heritage and catching up with various industry leading graduates.

Maritime Masters Finalist Georgios Koligianni

Georgios has been selected as a finalist for the best masters student project selected by industry experts for the best UK Maritime Masters dissertation.

"After spending countless hours tackling my research topic named “A critical analysis of the maritime cyber-security, possible countermeasures that could be adopted from the financial and the military sector” my dissertation was shortlisted in the top five among all the maritime UK universities. I was honoured to present my findings during the Maritime Masters Finalists Reception event, which was attended by Maritime UK Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.”

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr Stavros Karamperidis who brainstormed ideas about the challenging issue of cyber-security in the maritime domain and helped me significantly in my research as no one else in my previous academic studies. I should also mention my special recognition to the academics and practitioners who participated in the interviews and the survey and helped me to investigate my research questions thoroughly."

Georgios Koligianni

Meet your lecturers

Research at the University of Plymouth

iSPER's Maritime and Logistics, Business and Policy Group (MLBP) aims to promote excellent research into business and policy issues in maritime business and logistics. MLBP spans the fields of international shipping, international logistics, international supply chain management, international procurement and international trade and port management. Geographically, the maritime scope of MLBP engages complex multifaceted business and policy issues located between interfluves and ocean trenches.

Find out more about MLBP