Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) International Supply Chain and Shipping Management

International shipping is a vital industry. Responsible for moving 90 per cent of world trade, it keeps economies buoyant and offers a challenging and dynamic environment for management professionals. Our career focused, one-year top-up degree will help you navigate the complexities of the supply chain and logistics industry. You’ll cover environmental issues and the latest regulations and governance, and develop a range of business and management skills to help you launch your logistics career.

You will also benefit from our International Shipping & Logistics Group’s associations with a number of commercial and international maritime. You’ll Immerse yourself in the industry through regular field trips to regulatory organisations, shipbrokers and ports. Take advantage of our programme of visiting speakers, and gain insider knowledge and important networking contacts.

Key features

  • Bridge the gap from your previous academic qualifications or work experience and acquire the specialist knowledge that will help you to join this rapidly growing industry. This one year, full-time course is an additional top-up degree.
  • Benefit from our International Shipping & Logistics Group’s associations with a number of commercial and international maritime organisations including the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and The Nautical Institute.
  • Develop the critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills that enable professional international shipping managers to succeed.
  • Learn to view the supply chain and logistics industry with a distinctly contemporary eye – sustainability and environmental issues are embedded in all our modules, increasing your employability and better preparing you for the challenges that climate change presents the industry.
  • Examine the latest regulatory and governance in ports, shipping and supply chains – so you’ll graduate with a solid grounding in both the practicalities and the legalities of international shipping.
  • Benefit from studying a shipping-related course in a city with a rich maritime tradition and history.
  • Immerse yourself in the industry through regular field trips to regulatory organisations, shipbrokers and ports. Take advantage of our programme of visiting speakers, and gain insider knowledge and important networking contacts.




Course details

  • Course overview
  • You’ll study a range of topics affecting this global industry and develop the management and business skills it demands. Deepening your understanding of international shipping and supply chain management through a variety of modules, you’ll engage with current environmental and ethical debates, technological developments and government legislation, all of which impacts a manager’s responsibilities and decisions. You’ll also learn to interpret and evaluate data used in international logistics.
    Core modules
    • MAR322 Research Skills for International Business

      This module introduces students to the research processes and sources of data used in international logistics and related fields. It develops skills in interpreting, evaluating and presenting information in this complex international environment.

    • MAR323 International Logistics Management

      This module assesses the key elements within logistics management and identifies the latest industrial and technological developments in the context of globalisation.

    • MAR324 International Shipping

      The module provides a practical knowledge of the activities and responsibilities related to the management and operation of ships in an international environment.

    • MAR325 International Supply Chain Management

      This module provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of international supply chain management and the complexities involved in managing, planning and coordinating international supply chains.

    • MAR326 Ports and Intermodalism

      The module considers national policies, governance and operations associated with port and intermodal activities set within the context of a globalised industry. It invites an understanding of ports and terminals and their development.

    • STO306 Current Issues in Management

      This module exposes students to current debates within the field of business and management. The content will be fluid as it will draw on contemporary case studies, technological innovation, government legislation and philosophical, ethical or environmental debates.

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

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

BSc Maritime Business 17 18 3776

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

An equivalent to year two of a British degree (completion of a three-year Chinese Diploma) in a relevant subject.

English language requirements IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

English language requirements

Please contact the Admissions Team.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £12,250 £13,000
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (International) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

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.



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Careers

The shipping, transport and logistics sector is growing. It’s a truly global industry that plays a vital role in world trade, moving products across the planet. Managing supply chains presents many challenges – so skilled professionals are in high demand.

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