Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Maritime Transport and Logistics

Study shipping policy and logistics in a city immersed in maritime heritage with our one year top-up degree. Whether it’s moving coffee or computers, the global shipping industry is responsible for transporting the vast majority of world trade and provides the lifeblood of global economy. You’ll extend your existing experience or qualifications in the marine sector and graduate primed to study a related masters programme or enter an evolving global industry.

You will get ahead with a course that’s accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. You will benefit from the strong reputation our course has in the maritime and related industries for its relevance to the industrial world, along with the quality of our students. As this is a 'top-up' programme for FdSc graduates only, it is not available during clearing.

Careers with this subject

The shipping, transport and logistics industry is a growing sector that is very important to the UK and global economy. Ship operation companies, port and terminal operators, market analysis agencies and the shipping media all pursue our graduates. These organisations require employees with practical skills, who are efficient and have the ability to think clearly under pressure.

Key features

  • 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.
  • Progress onto a relevant masters programme upon successful completion of this course to solidify your knowledge and skills. You’ll benefit from ten per cent off your postgraduate fees if you advance directly. 
  • 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.
  • Benefit from the strong reputation our course has in the maritime and related industries for its relevance to the industrial world, along with the quality of our students.
  • Learn from academic staff with relevant industrial backgrounds in the maritime and shipping world.
  • 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.
  • 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, which creates plenty of opportunity for knowledge sharing.

Course details

  • Course overview
  • During this one year top-up degree, you’ll be introduced to research processes used in international logistics. Learning the key elements of strategic and logistics management, you’ll identify recent developments in the area. Consider national maritime policies, governance and operations around port and transport activities, all within the context of globalisation. You’ll gain an understanding of the development of ports and terminals.

    Optional modules
    • MAR301 - Carriage of Goods by Sea*
    • HTM202HKU - Marketing Fundamentals*
    • BSO202HKU - Enterprise and Innovation*
    • HRS203HKU - Managing People*

    *For Hong Kong students
    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)

    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 top ups MTL and ISCSM Prog Spec Sep20 Jan21 4977

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

Students are admitted on the basis of one of the following:

  • An equivalent to year two of a British degree in a relevant subject
  • Portfolio accreditation of Accredited Prior Learning (APL) and relevant work experience. 

IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent English qualification, with a minimum of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing sections are also eligible.

English language requirements

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Please contact the Admissions Team for further information. 

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

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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 Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and 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

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.

Student insight - Kanwar Sidhaarth Mankotia

Having graduated from BSc (Hons) Maritime Transport and Logistics and subsequently an MSc International Shipping at Plymouth University, I now work for a Shipping company in London. In the future I hope to pursue an MBA in Shipping and Logistics.

Kanwar used our top-up course as a springboard into the marine industry.


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

Further information about careers in the maritime sector can also be found on the Maritime UK website.