BSc (Hons) Shipping and Port Management

Learn to manage some of the largest ships and busiest ports in the world

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2015 entry


Highly valued by employers and with a great reputation in the industry, this in-depth course is ideal if you’re interested in a career in ship or port operations and management, or in logistics, freight forwarding, supply-chain management, port agency or terminal operations.

Backed by a large international marine services sector, the international shipping industry carries around 90 per cent of world trade and employs thousands of people worldwide – in a huge number of roles, from ship and port management to finance, law, insurance, ship broking and ship agency services.

Our close links with industry ensure we’re always teaching current themes and using best practice, and this is reflected in our accreditation from professional bodies – equipping you for a successful career in this dynamic and exciting industry. The course also shares common units with our maritime business degree, giving you the option to switch direction after the first year.

Accredited by

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS)

Don't just take our word for it...

Peter Allan
"As a junior operator in the dry bulk/tanker operator sector, the work undertaken whilst at Solent – and the knowledge I gained from the course – are proving to be very useful in my current job."
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UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year 4XAT
  • 3 Years Standard entry 3GAL

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry 99AT

Typical entry requirements

200 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:

  • Introduction to Law
  • Maritime Operations
  • Maritime Business
  • Transport Geography
  • Managing Financial Information
  • Business Skills Development.

Year two:

  • Ports and Logistics
  • Ship Management and Operations
  • Chartering Practice
  • Management of Marine Organisations
  • Research Methods and Project Proposal
  • Option:
    • Carriage of Goods by Sea
    • Curriculum Plus.

Year three:

  • Terminal Planning and Development
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Marine Pollution Management
  • Strategic Marketing and Management
  • Project
  • Option, from:
    • Maritime Law and Risk Management
    • Current Marine Issues
    • Curriculum Plus.

(Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)

Teaching, learning and assessment

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

Work experience
A year-long work placement is available between the second and third years. While students are expected to find their own placements, you’ll be able to draw on the course team’s extensive industry contacts and further support in finding a suitable placement. Students have found placements with logistics companies, port operators and agents, as well as in shipping companies, a container terminal, a port agency, a tanker company and a ship broker.

A variety of assessment types are used on this course, including examinations, written reports, oral presentations, individual and group work.

Study abroad

Students have the option of attending a four-day field trip to Europe to visit some of the major ports.

You may also have the opportunity to spend between a term and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, as part of the Erasmus+ programme. For more information, see  

If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study shipping and port management units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.

If you’re studying outside Europe, then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

The core teaching staff have a wide range of industry backgrounds and experience, including port and ship operations, chartering, agency, management and logistics.

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year 4XAT
  • 3 Years Standard entry 3GAL

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry 99AT
  • Taught by knowledgeable and experienced industry practitioners with established links with the industry.
  • Annual maritime conference for students provides networking opportunities with maritime experts.
  • Trips to major maritime organisations, including Lloyd’s insurance market and the International Maritime Organisation.
  • Validated by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers for exemption from two ICS examinations, and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
  • Visits and briefings from terminal operators in the port of Southampton, plus visits to the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.
  • Links with the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

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.

Links with industry

The course is designed in conjunction with maritime industry representatives, with whom we have close links, ensuring you’ll have the latest knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the shipping and ports industry. You’ll be able to build up an essential network of industry contacts, both through industry visits and at our annual maritime conference, which is attended by notable industry speakers. Recent speakers have included Captain Mark Bookham, UK Port and Terminal Operations Director for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics UK; Harold Hamley from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; and Daniel Read, Global Voyage Operations Manager for BP Shipping Logistics.

Transferable skills

Through real-world assignments you’ll develop your research, problem-solving, teamwork, communication and presentation skills, as well as your ability to work to deadlines.

Further study

Graduates of this course are well placed to continue their studies at Solent on the MSc International Maritime Studies.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Course graduates have gone on to find roles with a wide range of companies, including:
  • Allports, Southampton
  • Anglo Eastern Fleet Operations, Hong Kong
  • DFDS Logistics, Oslo
  • Hoegh Autoliners, Dubai
  • Wallenius Wilhelmson
  • World Fuel Services
  • Markleen oil spill response.
Highlights from the marine and maritime careers conference


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Placement (480 credit course)

Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and validated by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers for exemption from two ICS examinations.

Entry requirements

  • 200 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels in a related discipline.
  • Alternatively, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP or BTEC Diploma at DM, normally in a relevant numerate or technology subject. A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above may also be considered.
  • Entry to year two may be offered to those with an HND or foundation degree in an appropriate subject.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the International Foundation Year.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 (5.5 in writing)
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 (19 in writing) - TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme and an international foundation programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2015/2016 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,380 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year 4XAT
  • 3 Years Standard entry 3GAL

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry 99AT



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