International Transport (MSc)
This course provides students with the knowledge and expertise for a role in senior management in firms involved in transport operations on a national or international basis.
The MSc in International Transport aims to develop your capacity to make an effective contribution, at the highest level, to the planning and management of international transport, international logistics or shipping undertakings.
The programme offers a wide range of options which means that the degree can be tailored to your previous or current work, or may be designed to widen your range of expertise.
It develops your capacity to make an effective contribution at a senior level to the planning and management of international transport undertakings. This programme is particularly suitable for those who are, or intend to be, managers in firms involved in transport/shipping operations.
- You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
- You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).
- You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).
- We offer a variety of modules allowing you to customise your degree according to your area of interest.
- You will be taught by leading academics in the field of international transport, logistics and operations management and maritime affairs with an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.
- You will have the chance to acquire high-quality practical skills and to develop innovative ideas.
- We place emphasis on the safety and ethical issues surrounding logistics and operations management.
|Next intake||September 2017|
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The course is suitable for graduates with a minimum of a 2:1 at undergraduate level in either business administration, logistics, economics, engineering, maritime studies or related fields. We also welcome applications from candidates with a background in Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Science.
Applications will be considered from recent graduates with an Honours degree from a recognised university or those with a similar level of qualification gained by other methods. Non-graduates with approved professional qualifications or work experience may also be considered under certain circumstances.
If English is not your first language will be required to pass an IELTS exam, obtaining a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each category.
The taught stage of the course runs from September to June and you will study a compulsory core module and a selection of modules from a range of options. Following on from the taught stage you will undertake a dissertation with support from a supervisor.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.
In the taught stage you will study a range of core compulsory and optional modules.
During the Autumn semester you will also undertake compulsory research methods training to help prepare you for your dissertation at the end of the second semester.
You will then select three modules from an optional module list.
Following successful completion of the taught stage you will undertake a dissertation. Through the writing of the dissertation, you will acquire and develop research skills relevant to your choice of subject. Working on the dissertation allows you to develop, and be assessed on, both core skills and subject specific skills dependent on your choice of subject.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|International Commercial Maritime Law||BST120||30 credits|
|Shipping Economics||BST122||30 credits|
|Electronic Commerce and IT||BST123||30 credits|
|International Logistics||BST125||30 credits|
|International Transport and Sustainable Business||BST131||30 credits|
|Ship Management and Chartering||BST140||30 credits|
|International Trade and Sea Carriage Law||BST331||30 credits|
|Logistics Modelling||BST333||30 credits|
How will I be taught?
Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to up to date real life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking.
Your teaching and learning resources will be provided and we will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.
Methods of teaching
Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).
In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic.
How will I be supported?
You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.
Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.
For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.
We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.
You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following all examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.
When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.
What skills will I practise and develop?
As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:
- Grasp complex issues with confidence.
- Ask the right questions of complex texts.
- Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically.
- Identify and apply relevant data.
- Develop practical research skills.
- Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
- Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech.
- Sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases.
- Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
- Work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.
- Use IT programmes and standard software packages, where appropriate.
- Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
Our graduates go on to a variety of careers in the international transport industry at both policy-making and operational levels.