Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Maritime Law

Get to know the exciting and often hidden business of world shipping. From shipbroking, and the transport of goods, to salvage rights and piracy. 90 per cent of world trade is carried by sea and 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, you’ll be highly sought after when you graduate.

You will take advantage of our programme of visiting speakers, and gain insider knowledge and important networking contacts. You will deepen your knowledge of the industry with field trips to ports and the City of London. You will increase your employability with an optional one year industrial placement. The course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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Careers with this subject

Advice from graduate Faris Bin Ahmad Fauzi:

"Regardless of the programme you are pursuing, make sure that you have a keen interest in what you do. A strong personal interest in a particular field is the best motivator in good times and hard times, and will keep you afloat in ‘rough seas.’ Motivation is important not only in your pursuit of knowledge but also in your career and personal endeavours too."

Read more from Faris Bin Ahmad Fauzi in his case study.

Key features

  • We’re very proud of our National Student Survey (NSS) 2017 return showing overall satisfaction for over 93 per cent of our students.*
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Increase your employability with an optional one year industrial placement.
  • Learn from academic staff with relevant industrial backgrounds in the maritime and shipping world. The Centre for Maritime Logistics, Economics and Finance is an active research community hosting regular seminars and discussions.
  • 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.
  • Study maritime business and law in a city with a rich maritime history. The University has a tradition of maritime education stretching back to the mid-nineteenth century.
  • See things from different perspectives - the wide ranging experience of the international shipping and logistics staff and the nature of the subject attracts a high number of international students. This creates plenty of opportunity for knowledge sharing.
  • Deepen your knowledge of the industry with field trips to ports and the City of London. Take advantage of our programme of visiting speakers, and gain insider knowledge and important networking contacts.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll get an introduction to the maritime business environment with modules in economics, logistics, shipping, law and international trade procedures. You'll work with your personal tutor on developing key business and learning skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose an optional module, including language options.
    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
  • In your second year, you’ll cover further business functions and gain more in-depth operational knowledge of the maritime and logistics business. The focus will be on maritime commercial practice, operations and management, shipping markets, shipping geography and economics and financial accounting. If you intend to choose the placement year you’ll get a chance to showcase your skills and employment history.
    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.

    • MAR211 Maritime Commercial Practice, Law and Regulation

      The module provides a practical knowledge of the responsibilities and liabilities of management concerned with the operation of ships and carriage of goods and passengers by sea.

    • 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.

    • MKT214 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.

  • Placement year
  • You’ll have the opportunity to take an optional paid 48 week work placement that offers invaluable practical work experience. We recommend it because it will enhance your final year of study and you're be more likely to gain employment with your placement company after you graduate.
    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.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll enhance your knowledge of the maritime and logistics business by developing an understanding of management and finance at a strategic level, along with shipping policy and governance. You’ll study maritime law, focusing on admiralty law and the legal aspects of the carriage of goods. You'll also undertake a final year dissertation on a topic of your choice with the guidance of your personal supervisor.
    Core modules
    • MAR321 Carriage of Goods by Sea

      The study of the law relating to charterparties and bill of lading contracts, and liability for pollution.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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)

    • MAR329 Marine Insurance and Admiralty Law

      The study of the law relating to Marine Insurance, including General Average and Admiralty Law.

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 5067

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

112

  • 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 To be confirmed
International £12,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School 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.



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

Graduate profile - Faris Bin Ahmad Fauzi

Studying in Plymouth has given me a European perspective of the global maritime industry, thus broadening my horizon and given me a truly international outlook.

Find out more about Faris' story

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.

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.

Alumni

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

People

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