Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Maritime Law with Foundation Year

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.

The course starts with a foundation year 0, specifically designed to introduce and develop essential skills for success in higher education, including critical thinking and research skills, and the knowledge and understanding of key facets of business, accounting and economics.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2019

If you haven’t applied to the University of Plymouth for September 2019 entry, prior to the UCAS deadline, there may still be vacancies on your chosen course.

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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 0
  • In this year, you’ll experience a supportive environment to assist in the transition to successful study in higher education. You will learn about academic writing, critical thinking skills and begin to develop your research skills, as well as develop your knowledge and understanding through an introduction to key aspects of business, accounting and economics. You’ll also have the opportunity to do independent research into an area of your studies that interests you, with a supervisor to guide and support you through the process.


    Core modules
    • ECN001 An Introduction to Economics

      This module provides an introduction to the key theories and concepts of modern economics, and essential mathematical modelling and statistical analysis skills in order to explore contemporary economic issues.

    • STO001 Introduction to Academic Writing

      The module will provide participants with an introduction to the themes of Being Enterprising, Education for Sustainable Development (EfSD) the international context, and governance/ citizenship and within this thematic context will develop a range of academic and professional skills including: researching (multimedia); critical thinking, academic writing; feedback and reflection. The module will provide a thorough underpinning to working and learning in a higher education context and will provide opportunities for reflecting on formative and summative feedback.

    • STO002 Introduction to Business and Accounting

      The module will introduce the components, functions & context of a business including contemporary organisational constructs. Participants will explore the impact of different models on purpose, values, stakeholders & reporting. Globalisation, sustainability, ethics and entrepreneurship are core themes. Accounting principles including cash-flow, income statements & balance sheets will be introduced & the relationship between management theories accounting explored.

    • STO003 Research Skills

      The module will enable students to experience research skills at an introductory level and to develop a range of academic and professional skills within the area of research. Students will work as part of small teams within research topics that will develop their understanding the importance of effective collaboration to deliver sound outputs. The module also aims to bring students mathematics ability to the required level for undergraduate level.

    • STO004 Supervised Research Project

      The student integrates subject specific knowledge and skills to develop a specialist area of knowledge in depth and - with supervision from a subject specialist - conducts their own research investigation and reports their findings.

  • Year 1
  • In your first year you will 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
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

32 - 80

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: Pass PPP-MMP 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.

International Baccalaureate: 24-25 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level. English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4, Standard Level = 5.

ITELTS: If overseas and not studying English within IB – Must have IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all elements.

New Irish Highers: From 2017 32-80 points.

Access courses: Pass Access Course (any subject) plus GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4 or above or equivalent.

City and Guilds Level 3: We will accept with a minimum of Merit overall alongside a good GCSE profile, including English and Maths grade C / 4.

Cyprus Apolytirion: 15/20 to 16/20 overall to include a pass in Maths and IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all elements.

GCSE’s or equivalent: Maths and English at Grade C/4 or City and Guilds; Key Skills Level 2 will be considered on an individual basis.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU To be confirmed £9,250
International To be confirmed £13,400
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. 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.

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

  • @ Year 0 - 86% coursework, 14% exams
  • @ Year 1-final year - 30% exams, 70% coursework

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