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About the course

The marine operations management course is tailor-made for those seafarers who decide to embrace a new career path, enhancing either their HND or foundation degree qualifications with the quality of excellence which an honours degree confers, but without the three years of academic study that is necessary for such a degree on a traditional university course.

Aimed at those who have already completed a foundation degree in marine operations or an HND in nautical science, this top up honours degree is designed to provide the necessary knowledge to prepare graduates to respond to a number of career opportunities, both at sea and ashore.

The course focuses on the exciting and challenging area of shipping management and, building upon students’ existing nautical knowledge and experience, aims to provide a sound understanding of the principals of management and their application to the core functional areas of the commercial maritime industry.

Students are also encouraged to develop their personal and managerial qualities to become broadly-thinking individuals capable of effective problem solving and confident decision making.

The course is delivered via blending learning - students begin with spending 15 weeks at Solent before completing the course via distance learning over a period of up to 12 months. During this time, students are supported by their supervisors and course team. This approach provides a flexible, supporting and structured programme of study that enables serving ships’ officer to achieve a relevant higher qualification alongside their professional certificate of competency.

This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up degree

The course builds on students’ personal interests, experiences and aspirations, with options that encourage them to follow their own pathways.

What does this course lead to?

This course will broaden career opportunities for those already working within the maritime industry and enhance prospects within a diverse selection of careers. It will help develop the technical, personal and managerial qualities required of a ship's officer and a senior maritime manager ashore.

Who is this course for?

Aimed specifically at those who have completed the foundation degree in marine operations or HND in nautical science, this blended learning course allows for these qualifications to be upgraded to a full honours degree - an ideal option for ship’s officers to further their career, whether at sea or ashore.

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

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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

Candidates should hold either a foundation degree in marine operations or a higher national diploma (HND) in nautical science, with at least 12 months' industrial experience after attaining the HND.

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
  • 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.

Study location

Vocational Training Council (School for Higher and

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5015

How to apply

Part-time route

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing

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What you'll study

Year one

  • Maritime and Commercial Law
  • Maritime Issues in the Contemporary World
  • Work-based Project


  • Safety Management
  • Financial Management


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

Dr Simon Daniels academic profile Simon Daniels Course Leader 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.


The University provides excelled learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points.

This top up course is delivered via blended learning. Students study for 15 weeks at Solent before completing the course by distance learning.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Senior command at sea
  • Financial management
  • Human Resources management
  • Legal practice
  • Marine insurance
  • Maritime safety and security
  • Maritime technology industries
  • Shipbroking and chartering
  • Shore-based fleet operations
  • Trading in commodities and risk management.

Industry links

The entire focus of the course is on the maritime industry, with all learning and assessment based on the requirements for managing and operating ships.

The course places a strong emphasis on employability, and aims to equip students with the skills sought after by employers to develop a broadly-thinking individual capable of effective problem-solving and confident decision-making.


You will study a total of five units (three core units and two options) via blended learning, commencing with a 15-week period of attendance at Solent.

You will then complete the course via distance learning over a period of 12 months, supported by your supervisor and course leader. 

Further study

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