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MBA International Maritime Management

About this course

Solent University’s MBA International Maritime Management programme will help you to develop your industry awareness, focusing on management practices, day-to-day operations and the international markets that drive this exciting industry.

The course combines traditional MBA content with focused elements unique to the world of shipping and maritime business. Throughout your studies, you’ll develop a greater understanding of the diverse and multi-faceted maritime industry, along with the complex interactions that occur on a global level between the numerous organisations, such as shipping companies, port authorities, businesses and governments.

In keeping with an MBA programme, you'll study key management-related areas such as human resource management, data analysis and finance and business risk, building upon your existing knowledge. These core management modules are combined with specialist maritime studies including international maritime law, maritime operations and transport and economics of international trade and shipping.

You’ll also enhance your research and analytical skills on a specialist research unit. The unit prepares students for a major research project, where you'll carry out original research into a specific area of the maritime industry. This project is a good opportunity to develop specialist knowledge, with many graduates using their research as a springboard for future careers.

The course is designed to help you develop a wide range of employability skills, and you’ll be encouraged to participate in extra curricula activities such as attending the Schools research seminars series, open lectures and visits to industry-related sites.

Course units

  • Human Resource Management and Leadership
  • Research and Project Proposal
  • Maritime Operations and Transport
  • Information and Data Analytics
  • Management of Strategy and Organisational Change 
  • International Marketing
  • Economics of International Trade and Shipping
  • Finance and Business Risk
  • International Maritime Law
  • Independent Maritime Research Project

Further information and application details

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

Course information


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

Career opportunities

If you are a junior manager and have some experience of the shipping industry, this master’s course is ideally suited to build upon your existing skills and knowledge. Students graduate with the industry specific knowledge and problem solving experience required to work towards senior management roles.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Project management
  • Ship and shipping company management
  • Marine accident investigation
  • Business development
  • Voyage operations management
  • Port management
  • Marine client management
  • Chartering
  • Vessel operations

Entry level

Ideally a minimum of two years’ management experience, a significant proportion of which should be in the maritime sector. However exceptions may be made at the discretion of the programme leader.

  • If your first language is not English, you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 writing), or equivalent
  • A UK first degree at 2:1 or overseas equivalent or a good recognised professional qualification
  • A candidate without a good first degree or equivalent may be accepted onto the programme with a minimum of 4 years’ management experience, at the discretion of the programme leader 

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