Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Maritime Business

UCAS tariff 104 - 120
UCAS course code N108
Institution code P60
Duration 3 years (+ optional placement)
Course type Full-time
Location Plymouth

From shipbroking, and the transport of goods, to salvage rights and piracy, 90% of world trade is carried by sea. On the BSc (Hons) Maritime Business course you’ll learn about the commercial, economic and operational aspects of the maritime industry, while gaining a grounding in the varied and fascinating legal issues that arise in the sector.

Our course has established a strong reputation within the industry and is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. We have an exciting active alumni network through the Plymouth Nautical Degree Association (PYNDA), where you’ll meet other students and graduates in the maritime field and make useful contacts.

Maritime Business

Careers with this subject

Our graduates have found opportunities around the world, including as shipbrokers, port managers, ship managers, supply chain managers, vessel operators to name but a few.

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.

PYNDA

Alumni association for Plymouth's maritime graduates

PYNDA is a thriving group of alumni who have studied marine and maritime degrees at University of Plymouth. PYNDA boasts a membership of around 400 alumni who are in regular contact with the University, and each other, through networking opportunities, communications and international social events.

Our network reaches far and wide across the sector, with PYNDA members occupying all levels within the maritime industries - from new entrants to influential business leaders.

Make connections with PYNDA


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.

Discover our careers service

Key features

  • Benefit from the strong reputation our course has around the world for the quality of our students. When you graduate you'll be sought after and ready for work or further study in your chosen maritime area.
  • Our optional placement year and integrated CV building options throughout the course prepares you for graduate success.
  • Get ahead with a course that’s accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. The University also has links with many other professional bodies including the Nautical Institute, the Institute of Export, the International Association of Maritime Economists, Sea Vision UK and the International Association of Maritime Universities.
  • See things from different perspectives – the wide ranging experience of the international shipping and logistics staff and the nature of the subject attracts a plethora of international students. This creates plenty of opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you develop your knowledge and understanding of the maritime business environment, with emphasis on the internal and external business environment, the business of shipping, and logistics.

    Core modules
    • HRL4002 Business and Management Internal Setting

      This modules encompasses the internal aspects, functions and processes of organisations, including their diverse nature, purposes, structures, size/scale, governance, operations and management, together with the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between different organisations.

    • MAR4001 Introduction to Shipping Business and Law

      This module introduces you to the core vocabulary, practices and laws of the international commercial shipping industry. You will consider the ship as a vehicle for carrying cargo and the factors that influence its performance as a business investment, as well as an introduction to English and international commercial law.

    • MAR4002 Transport and Logistics

      This module introduces you to concepts relevant to the study of logistics within the context of supply chain management. You will also consider elements of freight transport systems.

    • STO4001 Business and Management External Environment

      This module introduces students to essential understanding and competencies in the dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, including the management of risk and business resilience.

  • Year 2
  • Building on the knowledge and skills developed in the first year, the focus of the second year turns to maritime management, economics and international trade. You have the choice of an elective module where you can specialise in areas such maritime law, logistics or port management.

    Core modules
    • ACF5005 Challenge Module

      Through this module you can select from a choice of topics related to the big challenges business and society are facing today. These might be drawn from the UN Sustainable Development Goals or a country’s industrial strategy.

    • MAR5001 Maritime Economics and International Trade

      The flows of goods by sea is the essence of international trade and maritime economics and geography constitutes the infrastructure that underpins it. This module will provide you with a sound understanding of maritime economic concepts and factors, and of the geographic environment in which ships function. These interrelated concepts are applied to the management of shipping and maritime business and you will examine how world trade is organised and what commercial practices support the business of international trade.

    • MAR5008 Maritime Management and Operations

      This module provides the technical expertise and regulatory knowledge that is needed for the commercial management of international freight by sea. It includes managing ships as a vehicle for cargo, arranging and concluding maritime contracts for bulk cargoes, and the legal and technical requirements for the safe loading, carriage, and unloading of the full range of maritime cargo types.

    • PBS500CPD Careers and Professional Development

      This module is aimed at enhancing students employability skills and knowledge especially those who will be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their degree. It is designed to build on skills learned in Stage 1 and helps students in their search for a placement, and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    Optional modules
    • DEAS200 Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Second Year Students

      The short, not for credit module will teach academic skills (including, but not limited to, time management, groupwork, information literacy and some basic critical thinking) to second year IDES. It is based in the middle of the first term.

    • MAR5002 Carriage of Goods and Passengers by Sea

      In this module, you will explore the law relating to freight and passenger contracts by sea.

    • MAR5003 International Logistics Management

      In this module you will examine the key elements within logistics management and explore the latest industrial and technological developments in the context of globalisation.

    • MAR5004 International Supply Chain Management

      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.

    • MAR5005 Marine Insurance and Admiralty Law

      This module focuses on law relating to Marine Insurance and Admiralty Law, including the law of General Average.

    • MAR5006 Ports and Intermodalism

      In this module you will examine national policies, governance and operations associated with port and intermodal activities set within the context of a globalised industry, giving you an understanding of ports and terminals and their development and management.

    • MAR5007 Purchasing and Procurement Processes

      You will use various strategic analysis tools to explore the concept of purchasing strategy within the procurement function. The module also examines the importance of procurement and its integration with other organizational functions and supply chains.

  • Optional placement year
  • During the third year, you have the opportunity to take an optional industrial placement year. You benefit from the support of a dedicated team in finding a placement suitable for you. The placement year is a chance to showcase your skills and employment history.

    Core modules
    • PBS600PLC Placement Year

      The placement year consists of an extended period of appropriate professional experience in a business or organisation. It allows the student to gain relevant experience to consolidate their studies and prepare for final stage study and employment after graduation. Students on BA International Business may also or alternatively undertake a study placement at an approved partner institution.

  • Final year
  • Your final year offers you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of maritime and logistics business by developing an understanding of management and finance at a strategic level, along with shipping policy and governance and the legal aspects of the carriage of goods. You'll also undertake a final year honours project under the guidance of an expert supervisor. 

    Core modules
    • MAR6001 Managerial Accounting and Shipping Finance

      In this module, you will gain a strategic understanding of the industry via an overview of the role of financial and management accounting within the business environment, including capital investment models and sources of finance appropriate in the shipping sector. You will explore decision making theories such as system thinking, game theory and decision trees along with model application to shipping and maritime industry and associated accounting and finance applications.

    • MAR6009 Strategic Maritime Management

      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.

    • MAR6010 Supply Chain Resilience and Risk Management

      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.

    • PBS6000 Honours Project

      The module gives you the opportunity to investigate in-depth a specialist academic or practice-based topic for which you have a passion for knowing more within your field of study.

    • PBS600CPD Continued Careers and Professional Development

      The Continued Career and Professional Development module is a development scheme designed to enhance students’ employability and builds on the stage 2 module. The stage 3 module focuses on providing students with information on graduate options and equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary for articulating and recording achievement and applying for graduate positions. The module also includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop students’ skills and knowledge, with the purpose of filling gaps in their CV’s and enhancing their employability.

    Optional modules
    • DEAS300 Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Final Year Students

      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.

    • MAR6002 Carriage of Goods and Passengers by Sea

      In this module, you will explore the law relating to freight and passenger contracts by sea.

    • MAR6003 International Logistics Management

      In this module you will examine the key elements within logistics management and explore the latest industrial and technological developments in the context of globalisation.

    • MAR6004 International Supply Chain Management

      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.

    • MAR6005 Marine Insurance and Admiralty Law

      This module focuses on law relating to Marine Insurance and Admiralty Law, including the law of General Average.

    • MAR6006 Ports and Intermodalism

      In this module you will examine national policies, governance and operations associated with port and intermodal activities set within the context of a globalised industry, giving you an understanding of ports and terminals and their development and management.

    • MAR6007 Purchasing and Procurement Processes

      You will use various strategic analysis tools to explore the concept of purchasing strategy within the procurement function. The module also examines the importance of procurement and its integration with other organizational functions and supply chains.

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 Programme Specification 7063

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

UCAS tariff

104 - 120

A level: 104-120 points from a minimum of 2 A levels. This course considers general studies.

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in any subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

IB: 26 - 30 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level.
English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4   Standard Level = 5

All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade 4/C or above.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.

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

English language requirements

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
Home £9,250 To be confirmed
International £14,200 To be confirmed
Part time (Home) £770 To be confirmed
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 www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

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 international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

The life and dreams of a dedicated seafarer

Jisoo reflects on his hard work and dedication while studying at Plymouth and how he was able to swap early coursework struggles for award-winning dissertation success, which has led to a career travelling around the world and a dream to create opportunities for those less privileged in the maritime industry.

"Plymouth has provided me with a global-scale network and world class education in the maritime industry."

Read Jisoo's story

Meet our experts

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

Making waves in the port industry

Discover Angelia's journey towards Plymouth and find out how her passion for the port industry grew from studying on the course, while making wonderful memories along the way.

"Study trips inspired me to take up a career in the port industry. This experience, alongside the modules I was taught, gave me sufficient knowledge to join the industry as a fresh graduate."

Read Angelia's story

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