The maritime industry is one of global significance, generating billions of dollars of revenue annually and offering an ever-growing number of opportunities for professional careers. In order to sustain itself, the industry needs graduates who have developed knowledge, understanding and skills across a number of specialist subject areas.
Studying at Southampton Solent University will help you to capitalise on these opportunities and attain the combination of business acumen and maritime expertise that employers in the industry are looking for.
- Students are taught by academic staff from a wide range of industry backgrounds, with expertise in port and ship operations, ship finance, maritime law, chartering, general management and logistics.
- A high number of graduates from the maritime business course have gone on to gain good jobs in leading organisations.
- Take part in our annual maritime conference, which can provide valuable networking opportunities with maritime experts.
- Get involved with our student run Maritime Society – who arrange regular social events, guest speakers and opportunities for volunteering.
- Southampton Solent is leading the way in maritime research across a range of important issues.
- The University has strong international partnerships with a number of maritime organisations and other universities.
- Southampton Solent’s China Centre (Maritime) is key to developing strong industry links in China and the Far East.
- Students have had the opportunity to experience the maritime industry first-hand during port visits to Southampton, Antwerp and Rotterdam.
- You can be safe in the knowledge that this course meets the needs of employers and professional bodies, as it is validated by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, as well as the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
- Study in a city with a rich maritime history and which is a key hub in global shipping.
Shipping is a key link in the global supply chain and accounts for over 95 per cent of all imports and exports. With the growing demand of a global population, levels of international trade have dramatically increased over the last four decades. In the UK alone, this translates to a contribution of around £31 billion for the UK economy and the maritime industry is responsible for one in every 50 jobs. With the world shipping fleet growing at just under 4 per cent per year and anticipated annual growth in seaborne trade demand currently sitting at 3-4 per cent, the employment opportunities within the maritime sector look set to expand.
On our specialist maritime business degree students gain key knowledge and specific expertise in business, management, law, the supply chain and finance – all of the essential skills required to apply for a range of roles in this major global industry. From shipbrokers and chartering, ship management and operations, port and terminal management to shipping analysts, freight forwarding logistics professionals and supply chain specialists - the opportunities in this industry are as diverse as the cargo it carries.
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 maritime and business degree is to build students’ knowledge, understanding and employability skills to prepare them for their future careers and give them the best opportunities to begin their chosen career path.
Solent’s annual maritime conference is one of the highlights of the academic calendar and allows students to network with industry experts and make valuable contacts. It also offers the opportunity to listen to a wide range of industry leaders speaking about current maritime issues, keeping students up-to-date with what is happening in the industry ‘right now’.
As well as providing for an ever growing social calendar (including an annual dinner and an end of year boat party), the Maritime Society is in regular contact with our international alumni, who help arrange guest speakers and get involved with volunteering opportunities.
Recently, Southampton Solent University launched the China Centre (Maritime) with the key aim of growing a number of strong links with industry and with maritime universities in China, allowing the University to be at the forefront of international research and global trade developments.
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).
From chartering and brokerage, to ship management and specialist consultancy - there are more organisations in the UK providing professional services to the international shipping industry than anywhere else. Gain the specialist expertise and knowledge required to take advantage of these opportunities - study maritime business here at Southampton Solent University.