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BSc (Hons) Maritime Law and Business

About this course

The maritime industry plays a vital role in global trade. Shipping generates billions of dollars of revenue annually and offers an ever-growing number of opportunities for talented graduates. This challenging and varied course will help you to develop a comprehensive understanding of industry practices and shipping management. This knowledge will be underpinned by the study of practical maritime law.

Your degree will start with general maritime studies. Units cover a variety of key areas including transport geography, maritime business, operations management and an introduction to maritime law. Year two and three will see you specialise your knowledge, focusing on current issues within the maritime sector and the intricacies of global maritime law. Optional units and an individual research project give you the chance to tailor the course to your own specific career ambitions.

Employability sits at the heart of all our teaching. The course has been designed to ensure that the skills learnt are in demand and applicable to real workplace practice. During the second and third year of study, you will have the chance to undertake a work placement year. Work placement students leave the University with a specialised degree and one year of valuable industry experience already on their CV.

Course units

Course units
Year one  Year two  Year three 
Core units  Core units  Core units 
Transport Geography  Management of Marine Organisations  Maritime Law and Risk Management 
Managing Financial Information  Carriage of Goods by Sea  Project 
Maritime Business  Current Marine Issues  International Trade Law 
Maritime Operations  Jurisdiction and Conflicts  Corporate Accountability
Introduction to Law  Marine Insurance  Admiralty Dispute Resolution  
Research for Business  Options   
  Ship Management and Operations  
  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.

Course information

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 percent of world trade is carried by the shipping industry, which offers graduates exciting and varied opportunities.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Ship finance
  • Shipbroking
  • 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

72 - 96 UCAS tariff points from A-Levels or equivalent.

  • At least 2 A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 72 UCAS points.
  • 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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