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About the course

Got a passion for shipping? Hoping to advance your career in the maritime industry? Solent University’s MBA International Maritime Management programme will help you to develop your industry awareness, focusing on management practices, day-to-day operations and the international markets that drive this exciting industry.

The course combines traditional MBA content with focused elements unique to the world of shipping and maritime business. Throughout your studies, you’ll develop a greater understanding of the diverse and multi-faceted maritime industry, along with the complex interactions that occur on a global level between the numerous organisations, such as shipping companies, port authorities, businesses and governments.

In keeping with an MBA programme, you'll study key management-related areas such as human resource management, data analysis and finance and business risk, building upon your existing knowledge. These core management modules are combined with specialist maritime studies including international maritime law, maritime operations and transport and economics of international trade and shipping.

You’ll also enhance your research and analytical skills on a specialist research unit. The unit prepares students for a major research project, where you'll carry out original research into a specific area of the maritime industry. This project is a good opportunity to develop specialist knowledge, with many graduates using their research as a springboard for future careers.

The course is designed to help you develop a wide range of employability skills, and you’ll be encouraged to participate in extra curricula activities such as attending the Schools research seminars series, open lectures and visits to industry-related sites.

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Students are taught by an international team of academics and industry professionals highly experienced in both business and the maritime industry.

What does this course lead to?

If you are a junior manager and have some experience of the shipping industry, this master’s course is ideally suited to build upon your existing skills and knowledge. Students graduate with the industry specific knowledge and problem solving experience required to work towards senior management roles.

Who is this course for?

This programme aims to develop and enhance the skills and knowledge of junior managers who have some experience of the maritime and shipping industry, in order to help them achieve their full potential and to become future leaders of the industry.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £10,000
International full-time fees: £15,000
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £5,000 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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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Key entry requirements

Ideally a minimum of 2 years’ management experience, a significant proportion of which should be in the maritime sector. However exceptions may be made at the discretion of the programme leader.
  • If your first language is not English, you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 writing), or equivalent
  • A UK first degree at 2:1 or overseas equivalent or a good recognised professional qualification
  • A candidate without a good first degree or equivalent may be accepted onto the programme with a minimum of 4 years’ management experience, at the discretion of the programme leader 

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 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking
  • 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 Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

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Apply for the January 2018 start

Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more

What you'll study

Core units:

Human Resource Management and Leadership
A successful leader needs to develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership. These include critical thinking and decision-making skills, HR management techniques, team working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility.

Research and Project Proposal
This unit develops the students’ research and academic study skills and introduces them to the research process. It details the theoretical underpinning philosophies of research along with the methodological options for both data gathering and data analysis. It focuses on the identification and preparation for a discipline-specific research project.

Maritime Operations and Transport  
Maritime transport is driven by supply and demand of both natural resources and manufactured goods which in turn dictate the trade routes utilised and the markets within which they operate. In order to facilitate this trade there are a wide range of vessel types with specialist operational and regulatory requirements. This unit is aimed at delivering a highly intensive programme of study that will review specific requirements for these different vessels and the factors that influence the trade routes and drive the markets. Sustainability and protection of the marine environment will also be addressed

Information and Data Analytics
Understanding the strategic importance of information technology to support the successful management of an organisation and its day to day decision making is vital. 

The aim is for students to be statistically aware by concentrating on the conceptual and practical application of statistics rather than the theoretical and numerical underpinnings

Management of Strategy and Organisational Change
Examine advanced strategic concepts within an international corporate context focusing on maritime organisations. Develop the ability to recognise the increasing competitiveness and volatility in an ever changing global business environment whilst seeking to critically assess these challenges to make well-reasoned decisions contributing to the success of organisations.

International Marketing
The unit considers the issues of strategic International Marketing within the complex environment that enterprises operate, where opportunities and constraints are continually developing and changing. The emphasis will be on business-to-business marketing strategies and on how these can create competitive advantage for a shipping business.

Economics of International Trade and Shipping
Students will appreciate and comprehend the fundamental principles of international trade and establish the transferable skills and the problem-solving techniques that they will need if they are to give appropriate advice or recommendations on practical commercial problems.

Finance and Business Risk
This unit requires students to critically reflect on the relevance and integration of finance theories, in terms of how they can be applied to contemporary real world issues. Examples and cases from international financial markets and corporations will be used to develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of complex financial relationships within the wider maritime business environment.

International Maritime Law
This unit provides the opportunity for the student to critically evaluate the development, aims and applications of International Maritime Law. Special attention is given to problem-solving through the use of a negotiating exercise. The unit investigates the allocation of rights and duties concerning the exploitation of natural resources in the marine environment, and international and European regulation of shipping and the marine environment.

Independent Maritime Business Research Project
The unit provides the opportunity to develop and carry out research applied to an area relevant to the programme of study and in an area of personal interest to the student and which is also relevant to a student’s future career


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Giuseppe Saieva academic profile Giuseppe Saieva Course Leader View profile
Nicola Pryce-Roberts academic profile Nicola Pryce-Roberts Senior Lecturer View profile
Gillian Saieva academic profile Gillian Saieva Senior Lecturer View profile
Stephen Brown academic profile Stephen Brown Senior Lecturer View profile
Tim Jackson academic profile Tim Jackson Senior Lecturer View profile
Peter Lycett academic profile Peter Lycett Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Alexandros Dimitriadis academic profile Alexandros Dimitriadis Lecturer View profile
Pengfei Zhang academic profile Pengfei Zhang Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

The use of real life scenarios and case studies sets students’ learning experiences firmly in the maritime context.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Project management
  • Ship and shipping company management
  • Marine accident investigation
  • Business development
  • Voyage operations management
  • Port management
  • Marine client management
  • Chartering
  • Vessel operations

Industry links

Solent University is only a short distance from the Port of Southampton, the UK’s second busiest commercial shipping port. Being in the heart of such an important area for UK shipping helps students to see the real-world applications of theories learnt in the classroom.

Maritime courses at Solent University are taught by a team with extensive industry experience and a wide range of industry contacts.


Students develop their business and management skills to the highest standard with a curriculum that emphasises real world learning. Students are also encouraged to attend optional events including research seminars, open lectures and visits to industry-related sites.

Full time students are able to take part in activity weeks, undertaking group learning projects and self-directed activities related to the coursework.

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