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MScShipping Operations

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Why study a shipping operations master's degree at Solent University

Take your maritime career to the next level on this distance learning programme designed specifically for seagoing maritime professionals looking to move into shore-based management positions.

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  • This two-year distance learning programme is ideal for seafarers, who can access the course anywhere in the world.
  • You can tailor your studies to suit your interests - explore specialist topics such as safety management, legal process, accident investigation, and more.
  • You'll put your studies into practice with a final applied project. This gives you the chance to research, investigate, and generate useful solutions that can be applied to your workplace.
  • You'll study in Solent's comprehensive learning environment, Solent Online Learning (SOL) - an active, interactive environment where your directed learning will take place.
  • Shipping industry experts are involved in mentoring work-based projects, allowing you to build a professional skills-based portfolio.
  • Benefit from free maritime career consultation for life. Our careers advice service, Solent Futures is available to all Solent students and graduates helping you to progress in your current career or discuss options for a change in career.
  • This course is eligible for the Postgraduate Master's student loan. The loan is from Student Finance England and can be used to cover costs (ie, accommodation, tuition fees) associated with postgraduate studies (it was up to £12,167 for 2023 entry).

Course overview

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.

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Course features

  • Apply direct

    You can apply direct to Solent University for this course

  • Part-time option

    You can study this course part-time

  • Distance learning

    You can study this course anywhere in the world. The course will be delivered through online study

This course is 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.

What this course leads to

Recent graduates have pursued careers in a number of different roles across the sector.

  • 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

Meet the team

Teaching staff have extensive professional experience and backgrounds in the industry. Their wide-ranging expertise includes: maritime safety, maritime human factors, applied psychology, marine engineering, maritime legal process, maritime operations, maritime human resource management, and educational technology.

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.

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