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BSc (Hons) Shipping and Port Management

About this course

Ports are the economic drivers of a country’s economy and ships are the principal mode of delivery. As countries develop and their economies grow, reliance on ships and ports also grows. Emerging and established economies require graduates who have developed a solid knowledge and understanding of operating a port successfully and managing the ships that deliver to the ports.

Studying shipping and port management at Solent University will help you to capitalise on these opportunities and equip you with the balance of modern shipping knowledge and port management expertise sought after by employers in the industry. 

Our maritime academic group is comprised of staff from a wide range of maritime and shipping backgrounds, ensuring that teaching combines academic theory with a wealth of commercial knowledge. The key aim of the shipping and port management degree is for students to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare them for their future careers and give them the best opportunities to begin their chosen career path.

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) Shipping and Port Management
Year one  Year two  Year three 
Core units  Core units  Core units 
Introduction to Law  Current Marine Issues  Terminal Planning and Development 
Maritime Operations       Ports and Logistics  Supply Chain Management 

Maritime Business                                                                

Management of Marine Organisations  Marine Pollution Management 
Transport Geography  Chartering Practice  Strategic Marketing and Management 
Managing Financial Information  Ship Management and Operations  Project/Extended Project 
Business Skills Development  Options  Options 
  Carriage of Goods by Sea  Maritime Law and Risk 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 are used on this course, including examinations, written reports, oral presentations, individual and group work.

Teaching methods

This course is taught through lectures, seminars, group activities, problem-solving exercises, field trips and guided independent study

Career opportunities

With strong industry links, graduates are well equipped to enter a career (either in the UK or internationally) in ship or port management, port operations and management, and logistics.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Port management and operations
  • Ship management and operations (liner and bulk shipping)
  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Port agency
  • Freight forwarding.

Entry level

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

  • From A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D*, or equivalent, which comply with the minimum requirement of 96 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.