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BSc (Hons) Maritime Business

About this course

The maritime industry is one of global significance, generating billions of dollars of revenue annually and offering an ever-growing number of opportunities for professional careers. In order to sustain itself, the industry needs graduates who have developed knowledge, understanding and skills across a number of specialist subject areas.

Studying at Solent University will help you to capitalise on these opportunities and attain the combination of business acumen and maritime expertise that employers in the industry are looking for. The key aim of the maritime and business degree is to build students’ knowledge, understanding and employability skills to prepare them for their future careers.

Recently, Solent University launched the China Centre (Maritime) with the key aim of growing a number of strong links with industry and with maritime universities in China, allowing the University to be at the forefront of international research and global trade developments.

As a direct benefit of our accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), students will receive exemptions from the academic requirements for membership at either ‘chartered member’ or ‘membership level’ of CILT. In the same way, students will be entitled to exemptions from two of the ICS exams (Professional Qualifying Examinations) required to gain ICS membership (an internationally recognised mark of professionalism in the shipping industry).

Course units

BSc (Hons) Maritime Business
Year one  Year two  Year three 
Core units Core units Core units
Research for Business  Current Marine Issues  International Trade Law
Transport Geography  Ports and Logistics  Marine Finance 
Managing Financial Information                                            Management of Marine Organisations  Maritime Law and Risk Management 

Maritime Business 

Chartering Practice  Strategic Management and Marketing 
Maritime Operations  Carriage of Goods by Sea  Project/Extended Project 
Introduction to Law  Options  Options 
  Ship Management and Operations   Supply Chain Management 
  Please note: not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year Please note: not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year 

Further information and application details

For more information about the course and how to apply, please visit the Solent University website.

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Course information


Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS)
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)


A variety of assessment types, including examinations, written reports, oral presentations, individual and group work.

Teaching methods

You will learn in a mixture of lectures, seminars, group activities, problem-solving exercises, field trips and guided independent study.

Students have the option of attending a four-day field trip to Europe to visit some of the major ports.

Career opportunities

With strong industry links and opportunities for work placements, graduates are well equipped to enter a variety of roles in the maritime industry, both in the UK and internationally. About 90 per cent of world trade is carried by the shipping industry, which offers graduates exciting and varied opportunities.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Ship finance
  • Ship broking
  • Ship chartering
  • Ship operations
  • Ship management
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Ship brokerage and chartering
  • Marine finance
  • Maritime law
  • Ship management and operations
  • Port and terminal management and operations
  • Logistics
  • Freight forwarding
  • Supply chain management.

Entry level

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent.

  • A minimum of two A-Levels in a relevant subject including a Grade D or above, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D*, or equivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Entry to year two may be offered to those with an HND or foundation degree in an appropriate subject.

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