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BSc (Hons) Marine Operations Management

About this course

Boost your career opportunities

Developed by seafarers for seafarers, our BSc honours degree is tailor-made for officers who wish to embrace a new career path, enhance existing qualifications and gain a competitive edge in their career progression.

The benefits to you

  • Achieve a relevant higher qualification attractive to seagoing and shoreside job opportunities.
  • Develop your technical, personal and managerial qualities for career progression.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of companies' commercial management practice.
  • Flexible delivery - 15 weeks' residential study, followed by 12 months' distance learning.
  • Delivered by an internationally recognised, world-class maritime education and training establishment.
This course draws upon the exciting and challenging area of shipping management. It is tailor-made for those seafarers who decide to embrace a new career path, enhancing the qualifications which they have gained, with the quality of excellence of an honours degree but without the three years of academic study that is necessary for such a degree on a traditional university course. 

Course aims

The course aims to provide an education that will enable graduating students to respond to varied employment opportunities, both at sea and ashore. 
  • Build upon students' nautical knowledge and experience, providing a sound understanding of the principles of management and their application in the core functional areas of the commercial maritime industry (law, resource management, international trade and safety management).
  • Develop students' skills of managing time and resources effectively whilst working independently or as part of a team. 
  • Develop a broadly-thinking individual, capable of effective problem-solving and confident decision-making.
  • Develop technical, personal and managerial qualities required of a ship's officer and a senior maritime manager ashore.
  • Provide a flexible, supportive and structured programme of study that enables serving ships’ officers to achieve a relevant higher qualification alongside their professional award.
  • Facilitate students to apply theoretical perspectives and knowledge gained from study to workplace issues, problems and contexts.

Course content

Core units

Work-based Project - 40 credits
This is the headline unit in the course. The Project is an opportunity for students to demonstrate sustained, independent academic study within the context of their professional workplace and draw upon their experience and aspirations.  It is the platform on which students exhibit the knowledge, skills and intellectual maturity acquired during the course.

Maritime and Commercial Law - 20 credits
This unit is designed to give students an understanding of the application of the United Kingdom and international legislation to ensure the safety of life at sea; the protection of the marine environment and the carriage of goods at sea. It also includes the use of commercial law and practices and its application to shipboard practices.

Maritime Issues in the Contemporary World - 20 credits
This unit is designed to challenge students to carry forward their understanding of the ship management function in the context of the many external issues affecting maritime business organisations in today’s globalised trading environment. The unit delivers an understanding of how the result of the risks and opportunities in maritime business can be fully applied in the management scenario.

Optional units

Safety Management – 20 credits
This unit introduces students to the principles of international and national policy related to safety and security within the maritime sector. The International Maritime Organisation’s main task has been to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for international shipping. Its mandate for the safety of life and seaworthiness has widened to embrace the global priority of environmental protection, as well as legal matters, technical co-operation, and issues that enhance best practice in maritime safety.

Financial Management – 20 credits
The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the principles of international trade and economics and to provide them with an understanding of financial issues in the context of the maritime sector. This unit will utilise a combination of independent study, tutorials and interactive discussion and role-play exercises.

Study location

From August 2017, this course will be delivered from Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton. 

Directions to Solent University's East Park Terrace campus

How to apply

For further information about this course and to apply, please visit the BSc (Hons) Marine Operations Management course page on the Solent University website. 

Got a question about the course?

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Course information

Training towards

BSc (Hons) Marine Operations Management

Teaching methods

Students study a total of five units. The course is delivered via blended learning commencing with a 15 week period of attendance at Solent University. 

Students will then complete the course via distance learning over a period of up to 12 months, supported by your supervisor and course leader.

Career opportunities

Career progression in seagoing and shore-based roles.

Entry level

Candidates should hold either a foundation degree in Marine Operations, or a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Nautical Science with at least 12 months' industrial experience after attaining the HND.

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