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. Did you know that 90% of world trade is carried by sea? Learn about the commercial, economic and operational aspects of the maritime industry, while gaining a grounding in the varied legal issues that arise in the sector. Our course has established a strong reputation within the industry, and you are 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

Our graduates have excellent career prospects: shipbrokers (matching ships with cargoes, or buyers and sellers of ships), port managers, logistics officers, cargo planning and supply chain managers, to name a few.

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

  • Deepen your knowledge of the industry with field trips to ports and the City of London.
  • Benefit from teaching by academic staff with relevant industrial and academic backgrounds including sea- and shore-based experience.
  • Take advantage of our programme of visiting speakers to gain insider knowledge and important networking contacts.
  • Join our active alumni association, the Plymouth Nautical Degree Association (PYNDA).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you get an introduction to the maritime business environment with modules in economics, logistics, shipping, law and international trade procedures. Develop key business and learning skills.
    Core modules
    • ECN1013 Introduction to Business Economics

      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.

    • ENT101 Entrepreneurial Thought and Action

      The module will provide participants with an introduction to the theme of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action, allowing students to explore theory associated with Entrepreneurship before putting it into action through a practical exercise. It will develop a range of academic and professional skills around this theme including: consulting, research; feedback and reflection; professional presentation skills; team working, leadership and project management.

    • 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.

    • PBSCDP100 Career Development Programme 1

      The module will make use of practical evaluation tools, exposure to role models and information sources, and will focus on self awareness, esteem and aspiration, opportunity awareness, and career adaptability. The concepts of the resilient and thriving individual and competent and confident professional will be introduced and provide context to career development and facilitating improved student competitiveness in the labour market.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you cover further business functions and gain more in-depth operational knowledge of maritime business. The focus is on maritime commercial practice, operations and management, shipping markets, shipping geography, and economics and financial accounting. You will begin to specialise in maritime law.
    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.

    • 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.

  • 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
    • 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.

    • EPIE301 The Placement Project

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

  • Final year
  • The final year is designed to enhance your awareness of the maritime and logistics business by developing an understanding at a strategic level. You 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.

    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.

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 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

96 - 112

  • A levels: 96-112 points including a minimum of 2 A levels. This course considers general studies.
  • BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: MMM–DMM in any subject.
  • Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.
  • IB: 26 - 28 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level. English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4 Standard Level = 5.
  • 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.

English language requirements

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,000 £13,400
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
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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 Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of 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.

Assessment breakdown: 30% exams, 70% coursework

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 the University of Plymouth 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

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

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

Graduate profile - Faris 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

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

Scholarships and funding

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

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