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About the course

The maritime business sector is vast and fast moving, multidisciplinary and strongly influenced by geopolitical change. With shipping responsible for approximately 90% of the movement of global trade, the importance of good management is clear – and this course delivers the essential package to meet the needs of today's maritime business environment.

Offering a holistic overview of the industry, alongside insider knowledge and understanding of the way in which this complex and dynamic industry operates, the course is designed to prepare you to make an immediate contribution in the workplace.

You will study real-world problems derived from the industry, explore the practicable applications of theoretical and technical concepts and processes, and develop an analytical approach to problem-solving – along with teamwork, managerial, and effective communication skills.

Taught by a dedicated team with a wide range of experience and knowledge, and as part of a large cohort of students from around the globe, you will develop a truly international network of professional peers and connections, along with a deep appreciation of variations in cultural and business practices.

And our annual maritime conference will help you develop your professional connections still further, bringing Solent alumni and senior professionals from the industry on campus to talk to students about their early career experiences, help develop employability, and more.

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

A high number of graduates from the maritime business course have gone on to gain good jobs in leading organisations and you can be safe in the knowledge that this course meets the needs of employers and professional bodies, as it is validated by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, as well as the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

What does this course lead to?

Course graduates have gone on to find roles with a wide range of companies, including: Bibby, Aberdeen; Allports, Southampton; Braemar Seascope, Sarzana; Galbraiths London; Lloyd’s Register, London; Odjfjell Tankers, Bergen; Cargill, Geneva; Carnival UK, Southampton; Ince & Co (Admiralty Law office), London; Baltic line, Bergen; DP World Southampton; UK P&I Club; Sustainable Shipping Initiative; International Maritime Organisation and DHL.

Who is this course for?

This degree is suited to students who have an interest in the world of shipping and a desire to understand both how maritime business is undertaken and what drives this global industry.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,800

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

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

Optional costs

Optional trip to the ports of Rotterdam ad Antwerp (approx £290 - based on current prices).

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

For graduates in 2020, 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Entry to year two may be offered to those with an HND or foundation degree in an appropriate subject.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Business Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15th January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement Year 4 years Apply

Business Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement Year 5 years Apply
Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Shipping Business 
  • Global Trades 
  • Data Science 
  • Shipping Economics 
  • Vessel Operations 
  • Maritime Organisations 

Year two

Core modules
  • Ship Management and Operations 
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea 
  • Digital Business and E-commerce 
  • Chartering Practice 
  • Accounting for Decision Makers 
  • Cargo Insurance 


  • Placement year

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation 
  • Strategic Management 
  • Marine Insurance 
  • Sustainability Leadership and 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

Nickie Butt academic profile Nickie Butt Course Leader View profile
Nicola Pryce-Roberts academic profile Nicola Pryce-Roberts Senior Lecturer View profile
Captain Tushar Potey academic profile Tushar Potey 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.

Solent's maritime research focuses on applied research and innovation that makes a real impact on industry.

Your future

With strong industry links and opportunities for work placements, graduates are well equipped to enter a variety of roles in the maritime industry, both in the UK and internationally. About 90 per cent of world trade is carried by the shipping industry, which offers graduates exciting and varied opportunities.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Charterer
  • Ship Broker
  • Ship Operator
  • Ship Manager
  • Port Agency
  • This has been a great programme. From the first day with our lecturers, I have felt welcomed. The learning process is very detailed and 'hands-on' which causes us to push ourselves for the best result.

    Akeen Matthews, Graduate

  • I would describe the course as exciting and international. The highlights include tutors with work experience, an international group of students and some really valuable learning experiences. The best thing about being a student here is that the University has made my thinking more expansive and I tend to be more receptive to new ideas. This degree has completely transformed my professional and my personal abilities.

    Ioannis Makris, graduate

  • The course gave me a fantastic base knowledge of the industry. One of the things I would recommend about this course is its broad curriculum as it allows you to identify the area of the industry you want to work in. Another great thing is the fellow students and alumni from the course you meet, in three months in my new job I've worked with three ex-students who now work for different companies.

    Josh Payne, graduate now a shipping agent

  • Just after a month of graduating I have realised that the best way Solent has benefited me is the understanding of different cultures and work ethics. Having both my vessels tangled up in South America at the moment I know that there is a different culture there, and I have the advantage of knowing (a bit more than others at least) how it is to deal with various people, cultures and work ethics.

    Nicolai Syse, Graduate

  • The course provided me with a strong foundation and knowledge of the different fundamental elements of commercial shipping as well as with a global network of friends now in the industry, something I still benefit from on a daily basis. I'm currently working as a tanker broker at TPT based in London & Rotterdam.

    Robert Jobeus, graduate now a tanker broker at TPT

Industry links

Alumni and high-profile speakers from across the industry attend our annual three-day maritime conference to talk about careers, opportunities, their personal experiences, and current issues being faced by the industry.


There is an optional one-year work placement option between year two and year three of the taught programme. Students are expected to find their own placement but are supported by the course team.

Graduate stories

Amy's story

Amy Mountford - Senior Marine Client Support at Lloyd's Register

What made you choose to study at Solent? 
I was working in the maritime industry and wished to develop my career within the sector. I saw the opportunity for a degree in Maritime Business and decided that it would be ideal to develop my career and knowledge of the sector. I'm from a maritime background and knew of the excellent reputation Solent has for maritime qualifications.

What was the best part of your course?
The variety of modules on offer was excellent. The majority of modules were particularly applicable to working in the industry and have been very useful since.

What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your work?
I'm currently working at Lloyd's Register, providing account management support for local marine clients, whilst identifying and developing sales opportunities with new and existing clients. I enjoy the client interaction and building relationships in order to win new business and new clients.

What is your biggest achievement in your work so far?
I've recently finished maternity cover for a Client Relationship Manager. I successfully covered for 8 months and ensured that all our local clients had adequate support throughout this time, this included supporting through consultancy projects, newbuild projects and day-to-day classification services. Feedback has been very positive and I'm very pleased that I was able to do this after just 18 months with the company.

Any final words?
I'm really pleased I made the decision to study at Solent University. I started my degree at the age of 21 and haven't regretted doing it,  having this qualification has opened so many doors for me career-wise. I'm so pleased that my lecturers pushed me towards success; I graduated at the top of my year and with a prize for my dissertation. Thank you, Solent!

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