Maritime Policy and Shipping Management (MSc)

This course is practically oriented and draws heavily on the research and consultancy of expert faculty.

The MSc in Maritime Policy and Shipping Management is practically oriented and draws heavily on the research and consultancy of the faculty, reflecting our leading international position in the field of maritime affairs.

The programme has been developed, and is suitable for, those who wish to enhance their careers in international management and policy in a maritime context, either in practice or academia and you will study a range of core and optional modules covering the breadth of topics in this area.

The dissertation stage allows you to further develop an area of special interest in the maritime field, enabling you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have gained during the taught modules. 

Distinctive features

  • 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).A variety of modules on offer allowing you to customise your degree according to your area of interest.
  • You will be taught by leading academics in the field of 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 maritime and shipping industries.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration1 year
QualificationMSc
ModeFull-time
Admission Tutor contact(s)

Admissions criteria

The course is suitable for graduates with a minimum of 2:1 at undergraduate level in either Maritime Studies, Transport, Environmental Studies, Business Administration, Business Studies, Economics, Geography, Engineering or related areas.

Applications will be considered from recent graduates with an Honours degree from an approved 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 either IELTS exams, obtaining a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each category.

This on-year course is taught from September to June and you will study a range of both compulsory core modules and a range of options. Following on from the taught stage you will undertake a project with support from your supervisor.

Module titleModule codeCredits
International Shipping PolicyBST12930 credits
DissertationBST30260 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
International Commercial Maritime LawBST12030 credits
Shipping EconomicsBST12230 credits
International LogisticsBST12530 credits
Ship Management and CharteringBST14030 credits
International Trade and Sea Carriage LawBST33130 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

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.

Feedback

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.

The programme provides a wide range of professional skills and can lead to a wide variety of job opportunities. Many of our graduates find employment nationally and internationally, in ship operating/management companies, protection and indemnity clubs, industry associations and policy organisations.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is needed