Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) International Supply Chain and Shipping Management

UCAS course code N856
Institution code P60
Duration 1 year
Course type Full-time
Location Plymouth

International shipping is a vital industry. Whether moving coffee or computers, professional international shipping managers make difficult decisions. The global shipping industry is responsible for the carriage of the vast majority of the world's trade, which provides the lifeblood of the global economy. Our focused top-up degree provides the bridge from your previous academic qualifications or work experience, giving you the skills needed to enter a dynamic, global and growing 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. This course is available with a January or September start.

International Supply Chain and Shipping Management
Careers with this subject

The shipping, transport and logistics industry is a growing sector that is very important to the UK and global economy. Ship operation companies, port and terminal operators, market analysis agencies and the shipping media all pursue our graduates.

Real experience every step of the way

As well as expert-led teaching, all undergraduate modules within Plymouth Business School have integrated CV building activity, for example, through micro-credentialing, problem-based learning, or embedded direct employer activity.

We have ensured every module contains a real world problem-based exercise. We have reached out to employers directly to involve real business in our assessments. You will experience real world employee engagement every month.

We know this is key to student academic and graduate success.

Careers service

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated careers service supporting you from the moment you start your degree, to three years after graduation.

Careers advice is embedded into your academic programme through workshops, events, placements, networks - working with the academic staff teaching on your course. We also offer materials, networks and resources online through our 24/7 portal, and a wide-range of activities, opportunities and support centrally in the Careers Service space within the Student Hub.

We are here to help you to explore, connect and succeed.

Find out more about what you could do with a supply chain management degree

Key features
  • Bridge the gap from your previous academic qualifications or work experience and acquire the specialist knowledge and skills needed to enter a dynamic, global and growing industry.
  • Develop the critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills that enable international shipping managers to succeed in this ever-changing professional work environment.
  • Our career-focused degree helps to navigate the complexities of the industry. Carry out in-depth analysis of the supply chain and logistics industry, and examine the latest regulations and governance in ports, shipping and supply chain, while developing business and management skills.
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. 
    Our career-focused degree helps you navigate the complexities and, carry out in-depth analysis of the supply chain and logistics industry. Examine the latest regulations and governance in ports, shipping and supply chain, while developing business and management skills to launch your career.

    For students starting in January BUSM302 will be taught instead of MAR322.

    BUSM302: Strategic Management: Theory and Practice
    The module introduces key strategic issues and frameworks and develops students’ abilities in applying appropriate analytical techniques used in strategic decision-making.

    Core modules

    • International Supply Chain Management (MAR6004)

      Through this module, you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of international supply chain management and the complexities involved in planning, coordinating and operating various business processes in the management of international supply chains.

    • Shipping and International Trade (MAR6008)

      The module provides a practical knowledge of the business of ship owning and management within the context of international trade and the carriage of freight. It also introduces you to the organisation, institutions and key regulations of maritime activities and international trade.

    • Strategic Maritime Management (MAR6009)

      In this module, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of the strategies, activities and responsibilities related to the management of ships and shipping companies in an international environment.

    • Supply Chain Resilience and Risk Management (MAR6010)

      Supply chain faces a range of risks, many of which threaten not only the achievement of their strategic objectives, but also their future survival. The purpose of this module is to explore these risks and consider the theory and practice that underpins their management. A range of risk and resilience management techniques, strategies and theoretical approaches will be considered, as will the drivers for supply chain management. You will learn how to identify, assess and manage strategic, organisational, environmental and technological risks, as well as threats presented by unpredictable situations.

    • Researching for Business (STO6008)

      This module will empower you to understand the practical relevance of research methods for managing businesses by bringing the theory, philosophy and techniques of research to life. It will provide you with a comprehensive overview of research approaches in business to use when planning or undertaking a qualitative and/or quantitative research report.

    Optional modules

    • Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Final Year Students (DEAS300)

      This module focuses on the study skills required for the study of business in UK HE for international direct entry final year students, it provides generic skills for students who are new to UK HE, such as information literacy, criticality, different types of assessment, assignment briefs, preparation and planning, and marking rubrics.

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 International Supply Chain and Shipping Mgt top up Prog Spec Sep21 FINAL 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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
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

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

English language requirements

Please contact the Admissions Team for further information. 
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2021-2022 2022-2023
Home £9,250 £9,250
International £14,200 £14,600
Part time (Home) £770 £770
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. For more information about fees and funding please visit

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

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

Meet our experts

  • Lecturer in International Logistics
    Programme lead; expertise in humanitarian logistics and supply chain management
  • Lecturer in Maritime Business
    Master Mariner with 12 years industry and naval experience
  • Lecturer in International Supply Chain Management (Education)
    Executive Member of the Logistics Research Network Committee
  • Lecturer in Maritime Regulation and Policy
    Expert in maritime law with comprehensive research interests
  • Lecturer in Operations & Supply Chain Management
    Over 20 years experience in international trade and finance in a global context
  • Associate Head of School for Marketing, Admissions and Recruitment
    Extensive industry experience in seagoing logistics and commercial procurement
  • Lecturer in International Procurement and Supply Chain Management
    Extensive expertise in logistics and low carbon shipping
  • Lecturer in International Shipping and Port Management
    Research expertise in new shipping technology and maritime sustainability

Plymouth Business School

  • ? Committed to social, economic and environmental responsibility
  • ? Supporting the internationally recognised focus on sustainability and social purpose of the University
  • ? Leading business ready graduates onto a successful career and happy life
  • ? Supporting graduates to make informed choices based on current economic and market trends
  • ? Building students resilience and confidence
  • ? Promoting practical skills development