Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Logistics

Would you like to make tough decisions on the speed, costs, flexibility and safety of moving goods around the globe? Shipping experts are in great demand. This three year degree in maritime business with logistics will help prepare you for work in a global industry which is challenging, exciting and dynamic. While technological innovation is used to establish operational advantage, this is a people industry and the success of a company depends upon the skills and knowledge of those employed.

The University has a tradition of maritime education stretching back to the mid-nineteenth century. You’ll study a maritime subject in a city with a famous maritime history. This course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Care of Shutterstock - Cargo ships entering one of the busiest ports in the world, Singapore.

It's not too late to apply for 2018

Don’t worry if you’ve missed the UCAS January deadline. 

If you want to study with us in September 2018, contact us for advice about available spaces on this course.

Get in touch with our friendly admissions team on +44 (0)1752 585858 or email us at

The final deadline for UCAS applications is 30 June 2018.

Careers with this subject

Advice from graduate Faizal Jumadi:

"It is always important to have an open mind and an open heart. Opportunities will always present themselves to you; just don’t be afraid to take them and change your plans."

Read more from Faizal in his case study.

Key features

  • Focus on commercial, economic, operational and legal subjects, required for a full appreciation of the activities of international shipping and its related industries.
  • Benefit from teaching by academic staff with relevant industrial and academic backgrounds including sea and shore-based experience.
  • Join our active alumni association, the Plymouth Nautical Degree Association (PYNDA), where you’ll meet other students and graduates in the maritime field and make useful contacts.
  • Distinguish yourself professionally with a degree accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
  • Increase your employability with an optional one year industrial placement. 
  • Study a maritime subject in a city with a famous maritime history. The University has a tradition of maritime education stretching back to the mid-nineteenth century.
  • Immerse yourself in the industry with field trips to regulatory organisations, shipbrokers and ports.
  • Take advantage of our programme of visiting speakers, and gain insider knowledge and important networking contacts.
  • 89 per cent of students were satisfied overall and 89 per cent were in work/study six months after finishing. (source: 2017 NSS and 2016 DLHE survey results available on Unistats*).

Course details

  • Year 1
  • The first year introduces you to study and business skills. You’ll learn about the basics of economics, law and international trade processes and gain a comprehensive overview of the shipping industry and logistics. You’ll be introduced to the maritime business environment and to your specialist area of interest. There is the opportunity to take an optional module of your choice to add to your studies.
    Core modules
    • ECN1009A Economics for Business

      This module provides an introduction to economics in a business context. It explores some basic concepts and techniques involved in economic analysis at an introductory level, and considers the relevance of economics and the economic environment, to business decision-making.

    • MAR104 Introducing Maritime Business, Maritime Law and Logistics

      This module is concerned with the development of key business and learning skills and knowledge to assist the student with their transition to a maritime business programme at higher education level. It introduces the student to the fundamental concepts of international shipping, maritime law and international logistics.

    • MAR105 International Trade and Commercial Law

      This module introduces students to the organisation of world trade and the principles and law of successful international trade.

    • MAR106 Principles of Logistics and Freight Transport

      The module introduces concepts relevant to the study of logistics within the context of supply chain management and considers elements of freight transport systems.

    • MAR108 Shipping Fundamentals

      This module provides an overview of the commercial shipping industry. It includes an introduction to key aspects of maritime regulation, business, trade, and important maritime organisations. Students will gain an understanding of the features of the ship as vehicle for carrying cargo, and factors that influence its performance as a business investment. Ship management and operational issues are considered.

    Optional modules
    • ELC1001PP Professional Communication Skills

      Students will explore a range of different genres of the English language, develop their understanding of the appropriate use of English in a variety of academic, work and social situations and improve their written and spoken communication skills.

    • FREX100PP French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in French, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of French, negotiate everyday needs in France / a French speaking country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • MAR1000PP Sea Power and Maritime Trading Empires

      The module explains historical method; offers a structured outline of the development of the ship; considers the development of maritime empires; illustrates the importance of sea power and considers the growth and decline of selected maritime organisations.

    • OS106PP Our Ocean Planet

      In this module students will explore important topical issues associated with our ocean planet. Students will have a creative opportunity to work in teams on a topic of their choice using a project based learning approach. They will develop a variety of communication skills in order to present their ideas in a medium of their team's choice.

    • SPNX100PP Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in Spanish, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of Spanish, negotiate everyday needs in Spain / a Spanish speaking country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

  • Year 2
  • The second year covers further business functions and provides you with operational knowledge appropriate to the maritime and logistics business. You’ll examine marketing, operations, shipping markets, maritime management, shipping geography and management finance. You’ll develop an understanding of all the elements of managing an organisation’s workforce. You’ll further develop your understanding of the logistics systems.
    Core modules
    • EPIE200 Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students 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.

    • MAR207 Maritime Geography and Economics

      This module provides 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 businesses.

    • MAR209 Financial Accounting and Managerial Decision Making

      This module provides an overview of the role of financial and management accounting and managerial decision making within the business environment, including decision making theories and models.

    • MAR210 Maritime Management and Markets

      This module examines various economic concepts and practices applied in maritime management. This includes the study of the regulatory environment for shipping and management companies, voyage estimation, current shipping markets, and environmental issues.

    • MAR212 Maritime Operations

      This module examines port and ship operations, including general, unitised, dry bulk and liquid bulk cargoes together with associated containment and handling systems. The commercial context of export cargoes and the international conventions, codes and regulations that enable commercially effective and safe management of maritime operations, are covered.

    • MKT215 Marketing Fundamentals

      Aimed at Business students this module examines the philosophy and functional activities that comprise the business area known as Marketing. It considers the application of this concept across a range of organisations and markets, focusing on achieving competitive advantage through the development of a marketing mix based around customer centrality.

    • STO209 International Logistics and Supply Chain Operations

      This module deals with issues in the Global Supply Chain, this would typically involve, logistics, customer service, inventory management, transportation, materials handling, management of logistical information, inbound logistics and purchasing, the global logistics environment, supply chain strategy(ies), performance measurement.

  • Optional placement year
  • During the third year, you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional industrial placement year. You’ll benefit from the support of a dedicated team in finding a placement suitable for you.
    Core modules
    • EPIE300 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 undertake a study placement at an approved partner institution.

    • EPIE301 The Placement Project

      This module requires students to produce a project relating to their placement experience.

  • Year 4
  • The final year is designed to enhance your awareness of the maritime and logistics business by developing an understanding at a strategic level. You’ll broaden your studies with shipping policy, governance and strategic management, and shipping finance. You’ll also write an honours project on a maritime theme of your choice.
    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.

    • 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.

    • MAR327 Strategic Management and Governance

      This module examines the principles, theories and practice of strategic management, and is designed to develop the knowledge of students concerning the significance and nature of policy in the Maritime sector and governance issues which are central to political relationships. It develops an awareness of the capital markets and sources of finance for the maritime industry.

    • MAR328 Project Dissertation

      The module is designed to produce a dissertation on a relevant industrial theme (Maximum 10,000 words)

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 5066

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


  • A levels: including a minimum of two A levels. Excluding general studies.
  • BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in any subject.
  • Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.
  • IB: 28 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level.
  • GCSE: all applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above. 
  • 14-19 Diplomas: accepted - please enquire.

Other combinations and non-A level qualifications considered.

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.

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.

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

Learn more about foundation years with the Faculty of Business.

English language requirements

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
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. Please note that fees are subject to Government approval, reviewed on an annual basis 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

Assessment breakdown: exams 30%, coursework 70%

Maritime degrees with Plymouth – our graduates are highly sought after in the maritime and shipping industry

At Gibson Shipbrokers we generally find that graduates who join us with a maritime business degree from Plymouth are nine to ten months ahead in their career progression than their counterparts with other degrees.

Patrick Allen, Director of EA Gibson Shipbrokers, one of the largest ship broking companies in London.

EA Gibson Shipbrokers Ltd website

Sergei Ilyin - graduate quote

I want to thank all of my amazing lecturers for ‘dipping’ me in the sea of maritime knowledge. Plymouth is one of the best places in Europe to study maritime business, and a great place to live your student life.

BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Logistics graduate.

Joshua Choo - BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Logistics graduate

University served as a platform for me to explore different sectors of the maritime industry and to articulate my interest, which I built upon throughout my studies, through my final year dissertation.
Find out more about Joshua

Jai Yan Lim - BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Logistics graduate

I chose Plymouth University as it has a reputation as one of the leading institutions in the maritime field. The degree is highly recognised amongst employers and offers quality teaching, lecturers, and a vibrant social life.
Find out more about Jai Yan

Faizal Jumadi - BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Logistics graduate

Faizal Jumadi secured his job as a Junior Broker just two weeks after returning to Singapore.

Find out more about Faizal

Scholarships and funding

As an international student at Plymouth, a variety of funding options are available to support you during your studies.

Funding for international students

Plymouth Business School partnership with CMI

Chartered Management Institute membership for Plymouth Business School students

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership, constantly being at the forefront of all aspects of management training and thinking.

Plymouth Business School engage in a partnership with Chartered Management Institute to offer its students free CMI membership enabling them to use ManagementDirect - the online multi-media knowledge base providing instant answers to every managerial challenge you can think of.

Find out more about our partnership and how to join CMI

Our student network is your business network for the future

It’s our students that make us different. Prepare to join a very active community of engaged students. In partnership with our people they are the driving force behind Plymouth University’s internationally recognised focus on social enterprise and sustainability, as well as one of the best students' unions in the UK.

Be part of it now, find out more about the Faculty of Business.

Faculty of Business Potential High Achievers Scheme

We recognise that our students are the future business leaders of the world. We know that our applicants will thrive in this environment, and we want to ensure our best applicants believe in this.

We will be contacting applicants who are not only on course to achieve top marks but who have an outstanding personal statement. 

As recognition of the potential we think an applicant has we will then change their offer to unconditional. Your place at Plymouth University will then be confirmed and you can go ahead and make arrangements for your accommodation and move to Plymouth in September.

Find out all the details

Sarah Tuck, Lecturer in maritime business

I went to sea as a teenager and spent 12 years as a Deck Officer with BP and on coastal ships. Once I’d qualified as a Master Mariner I came ashore and joined the Royal Naval Reserve (Naval Control of Shipping Branch).

Sarah’s teaching and research still takes her all over the world as she continues to pursue her love of ships, ports and the business of shipping.


Join the active alumni association, the Plymouth Nautical Degree Association (PYNDA ) who meet regularly to form a network of students with maritime qualifications.

PYNDA offers alumni the chance to connect through networking events and regular news updates.

Learn more about PYNDA and connect with other graduates

Maritime careers

Our maritime courses are well respected in the industry and we’ll equip you with the knowledge and the specialist skills to excel in this sector.

Whatever your aspirations, we’ll make sure you get all the academic support you need to succeed, and excel, in your chosen career.

Find out where a maritime degree could take you

Management, Government and Law Foundation Route

Worried about not meeting the entry requirements? You may be eligible for entry onto the foundation route for this degree or any other degree within the Faculty of Business.

Find out more about the foundation route.

International study pathways with Plymouth University International College

Plymouth University International College (PUIC) offer university foundation, first year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within the Faculty of Business. With 96 per cent of all students progressing on to their chosen Plymouth University degree, the PUIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

Find out more about your study opportunities with PUIC


*These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Unistats is updated annually in September.