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BSc (Hons) Maritime Business

Develop the specialist skills the maritime industry is looking for

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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.

The industry

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. 

The programme

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).

Next steps

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.

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UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N9Q3
  • 3 Years Standard entry N900

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry N902

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points



Year one:


Core units

  • Research for Business
  • Transport Geography
  • Managing Financial Information
  • Maritime Business
  • Maritime Operations
  • Introduction to Law

Year two:


Core units

  • Current Marine Issues
  • Ports and Logistics
  • Management of Marine Organisations
  • Chartering Practice
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea


  • Curriculum Plus
  • Ship Management and Operations

Year three:


Core units

  • International Trade and Finance
  • Marine Finance
  • Maritime Law and Risk Management
  • Strategic Management and Marketing
  • Project/Extended Project


  • Supply Chain Management
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures, seminars, group activities, problem-solving exercises, field trips and guided independent study.

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

Work Experience

A year-long work placement is available between years two and three. You’ll receive extensive support from the course team in finding a suitable placement, and be able to call on the University’s extensive industry contacts.

A variety of assessment types, including examinations, written reports, oral presentations, individual and group work.

Web-based learning

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

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N9Q3
  • 3 Years Standard entry N900

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry N902

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

With strong industry links and opportunities for work placements, graduates are well equipped to enter a variety of roles in the maritime industry, both in the UK and internationally. About 90 per cent of world trade is carried by the shipping industry, which offers graduates exciting and varied opportunities.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Ship finance
  • Ship broking
  • Ship chartering
  • Ship operations
  • Ship management
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Ship brokerage and chartering
  • Marine finance
  • Maritime law
  • Ship management and operations
  • Port and terminal management and operations
  • Logistics
  • Freight forwarding
  • Supply chain management.

Links with industry

We have close links with the maritime industry, providing talks from industry representatives, visits to maritime business settings and professional input to ensure the course reflects the industry’s latest developments.

Recent speakers have represented a range of organisations including:

  • Maritime London
  • Maritime Coastguard Agency
  • Tinto Marine
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen
  • NYK Group Europe
  • Martin Stopford – Director of Research, Clarksons.

The maritime group also holds an annual conference for students, giving you exciting opportunities to network with maritime experts.

Our ties with the industry also provide extensive opportunities for work experience, with previous placements including work at a container terminal, a port agency, a tanker company and a ship broker.

Transferable skills

Through real-world assignments you’ll develop your research skills, business acumen, 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 go on to postgraduate study, including Solent's 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:

  • Bibby, Aberdeen
  • Allports, Southampton
  • Braemar Seascope, Sarzana
  • Galbraiths, London
  • Lloyd’s Register, London
  • Odjfjell Tankers, Bergen
  • Cargill, Geneva
  • Carnival UK, Southampton
  • Ince & Co (Admiralty Law office), London
  • Baltic line, Bergen.
  • DP World Southampton
  • UK P&I Club
  • Sustainable Shipping Initiative
  • International Maritime Organisation
  • DHL
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Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

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

Accreditation: Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two A-levels in a relevant subject including a Grade D or above, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • 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.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- 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 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 2016/2017 academic year are:

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

International full-time fees: £10,500 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Other costs

Optional trip to Rotterdam and Antwerp in year two: £250 plus lunch and dinner expenses

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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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 N9Q3
  • 3 Years Standard entry N900

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry N902


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