Maritime careers

Do you want to become a shipbroker, a port or operations manager, a maritime consultant or a maritime lawyer? Whatever your aspirations, we’ll make sure you get all the academic support you need to succeed, and excel, in your chosen career.

Our maritime courses have established a strong reputation in the maritime and related industries for the quality of our students and the relevance of the course content to the industrial world. The present demand for good graduates is high.

The maritime sector

Around 90 per cent of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry [source: ICS shipping]. The maritime sector in the UK is big - the largest in Europe, in fact. And with a turnover of £40 billion per year, it’s twice the size of our aerospace or agricultural sectors.

Hundreds of thousands of people are employed in the UK maritime industry in a variety of roles. The job you want is out there, and we’ll make sure you develop the personal and professional skills to beat the competition. A maritime degree will equip you with the knowledge and the specialist skills to get ahead in this industry.

Where could it lead?

Plymouth maritime graduates are highly skilled and highly employable. You’ll find them working as:

  • shipbrokers
  • insurance officers
  • contracts managers
  • port managers
  • ship operations managers
  • marine consultants
  • claims managers
  • marine analysts
  • marine journalists
  • trainee maritime lawyers.

Become more employable

Continually developing your skills whilst you are at University of Plymouth will only make you more employable. There are many types of activities you can get involved with which will improve your CV, such as business challenges, volunteering projects and relevant work experience. To demonstrate your motivation and enthusiasm for this sector, engaging with professional organisations and employers will help you when you come to apply for graduate positions. If the course offers an optional placement year, we recommend it highly, but you can also try to secure short-term placements during the summer holidays by making the most of the networking opportunities available to you while you’re studying.

Skills you’ll develop during this course include:

  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • data analysis
  • communication
  • interpreting and presenting.

Further study

Graduate study allows you to continue to explore the subject, sharpening your skills further and specialising in an area that matches your chosen career path. We offer masters degrees in MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management, MSc International Shipping and MSc International Procurement and Supply Chain Management.

Visit the careers and employability pages for more information on careers in this area.