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BSc (Hons)Maritime Business and Law (Top-Up)

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Starting in2023
UCAS code: MB14
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a maritime business and law top-up degree at Solent University

Specialise your knowledge for the application of legal frameworks to the maritime environment of global trade, on this multi-accredited degree.

  • £0m
    investment in our campus and industry-standard facilities
  • Top up your Level 5 qualification to a degree in just a year.
  • Solent Business School, winner of the Outstanding Higher Education Training Provider of the Year at the CMI Awards 2022, holds the Small Business Charter. Solent is one of only 62 Business Schools to have this acknowledgement of excellence in working with SMEs. 
  • Study in a university ranked 28th in the UK for law (The Guardian League Table 2023) with specialist legal facilities, including a new courtroom that offers a realistic environment for legal argument, while our extensive library of legal journals, case law and online materials are an essential resource.
  • Solent graduates have gone on to roles with companies including Bibby, Aberdeen; Lloyd’s Register, London; Odjfjell Tankers, Bergen; Cargill, Geneva; Carnival UK; P&O Cruises, Cunard, and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
  • Develop your professional connections at our annual maritime conference with Solent graduates and senior professionals from the industry.
  • Study in the heart of Southampton – a major hub in the UK and European maritime and shipping industry.

Course overview

The maritime business sector is vast and multidisciplinary – with around 90% of global trade transported by sea, and a complex network of national and international regulations and laws. This specialist top-up degree delivers in-depth understanding of the legal framework which underpins maritime business, addressing complexities of safe delivery, ownership, insurance and more.

On graduating you will have a thorough and current education in maritime business and law, with the knowledge to make an immediate contribution to industry organisations.

And you will have the ability to apply that knowledge to real-world challenges, thanks to exercises incorporating real problems derived from the industry, which explore the practical and practicable applications of theory and technical concepts.

As part of our shipping and maritime business programme, you will study as part of a large and diverse cohort of international students, giving you the chance to build an effective network of global professional connections – and benefit from a wide range of culturally and professionally diverse perspectives. Our maritime business conference and associated events further enhances your professional network, bringing experts and alumni from the industry onto campus.

Taught by staff with a wide range of experience and knowledge in the industry and related specialisms, this intellectually challenging course is tailored to the requirements of the maritime industry – producing graduates with exceptional understanding and judgement, an analytical approach to problem solving and the ability to communicate effectively. Armed with a highly relevant and transferable skillset, you will be well placed to develop a great career.

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Course features

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

Who is this course for?

This programme is suited to applicants who wish to develop a better understanding of the practical application of maritime law within the shipping industry.

What does this course lead to?

As a graduate you’ll have a wide range of options in the industry available to you, including charterer, ship broker, ship operator, ship manager, or work with a port agency.

Meet the team

Many of the teaching staff have an industry background, ensuring that ‘real-life’ scenarios are embedded within the curriculum.

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.


Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.

Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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