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About the course

Is it time to take your maritime career to the next level? This two year distance learning programme is ideally suited to maritime professionals who are hoping to move into shore-based management positions. You’ll learn specialist skills in ship safety management and shipping operations, solving complex problems during challenging workplace assignments.

This postgraduate programme is delivered online using Solent University’s virtual learning environment, a web based platform that is accessible from anywhere in the world.

Students learn as part of an online community of tutors, fellow students and student support services - just as they would if they went to the University itself. Each student has their own dedicated academic tutor and study partner, and studying online is made interesting, interactive, and engaging by forums, wikis, reflective journals and video presentations. Shipping industry experts are involved in the mentoring of work-based projects, further enhancing the value of student learning.

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) accredits this course, enabling students to register for Chartered Marine Technologist status after graduation.

Professional accreditation Apply direct Part time option Distance learning

The course is delivered online, allowing students to continue their work in the industry.

What does this course lead to?

As a graduate of this course, you’ll possess a diverse range of skills. This can open up a range of opportunities in shipping management, port operations and even teaching. This MSc is directly aimed at professionals working in maritime roles. It provides professional development for a variety of management careers in the sector.

Who is this course for?

This master’s degree is aimed at maritime professionals who wish to move into shore-based management roles.

The distance learning delivery of the course also makes it ideal for currently serving seafarers to study wherever they are in the world and whenever they are able to.

Facts & figures

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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU total course fees: £7,750
International total course fees: £12,500

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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 2016, 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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Key entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or higher) in maritime studies, shipping, business or law, or another appropriate subject and relevant professional qualifications/experience

  • To apply to undertake the MSc in Shipping Operations, you must be employed in or have recently been employed in the maritime or shipping industry and have professional experience to management level.
  • A certificate of competence as a Master or Chief Engineer; Class 1 Master Mariner; Class 1 Engineer; STCW management-level qualifications, or equivalent, plus management-level experience in the sea transport industry (as a Master, Chief Officer, Chief Engineer, First Engineer or equivalent).
  • An HND or foundation degree via officer cadet route in an appropriate discipline plus relevant professional qualifications and management experience.

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 - 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 Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Solent alumni with a First will be offered a 50% discount

Study location

Warsash Maritime Academy

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

Email

ask@solent.ac.uk

Call

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

To apply please click the link below and complete the online application form.

Apply online for MSc Shipping Operations full-time (Distance Learning)
Apply online for MSc Shipping Operations part-time (Distance Learning)

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 Southampton 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 Southampton 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. 

How to apply

What you'll study

Year One

Core units
  • International Maritime Context
  • Postgraduate and Self-managed Study
  • Business Research Skills
  • Professional Skills and Practice Portfolio
  • Project

Specialised units

  • Risk and Safety Management
  • Legal Process
  • Safety Culture
  • Accident Investigation and Organisational Learning

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

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

Nadeem Anwar academic profile Nadeem Anwar Senior 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.

Facilities

You will need a personal computer or laptop and access to a broadband internet connection. Solent’s virtual learning environment gives students 24-hour access to course materials, discussions, learning support and assignments.

Solent’s track record in maritime education and training extends back over 100 years through the internationally acclaimed Warsash Maritime Academy. 

Your future

Recent graduates have pursued careers in a raft of different roles, including:

  • Marine superintendent
  • Designated person ashore
  • Fleet manager
  • Port operations manager
  • Crewing manager
  • Ship manager
  • Maritime administration manager
  • Competence assurance manager
  • Maritime lecturer
  • Shore-based ship operations manager
  • Marine surveyor.

Industry connections

Our teaching staff keep up-to-date with the latest industry practices and developments through their research and representation at the IMO (International Maritime Organization) and other shipping bodies.

Industry experts also contribute to the programme and mentor students on work-based projects, helping to develop professional skills relevant to their work.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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