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About the course

The maritime industry is one of global significance, generating billions of dollars of revenue annually and offering an ever-growing number of opportunities for professional careers. In order to sustain itself, the industry needs graduates who have developed knowledge, understanding and skills across a number of specialist subject areas.

Studying at Southampton Solent University will help you to capitalise on these opportunities and attain the combination of business acumen and maritime expertise that employers in the industry are looking for. The key aim of the maritime and business degree is to build students’ knowledge, understanding and employability skills to prepare them for their future careers.

Solent’s annual maritime conference is one of the highlights of the academic calendar and allows students to network with industry experts and make valuable contacts. It also offers the opportunity to listen to a wide range of industry leaders speaking about current maritime issues, keeping students up-to-date with what is happening in the industry ‘right now’. As well as providing for an ever growing social calendar (including an annual dinner and an end of year boat party), the Maritime Society is in regular contact with our international alumni, who help arrange guest speakers and get involved with volunteering opportunities.

Recently, Southampton Solent University launched the China Centre (Maritime) with the key aim of growing a number of strong links with industry and with maritime universities in China, allowing the University to be at the forefront of international research and global trade developments.

As a direct benefit of our accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), students will receive exemptions from the academic requirements for membership at either ‘chartered member’ or ‘membership level’ of CILT. In the same way, students will be entitled to exemptions from two of the ICS exams (Professional Qualifying Examinations) required to gain ICS membership (an internationally recognised mark of professionalism in the shipping industry).

Placement year Additional qualification Professional accreditation Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Further studies

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?

Those keen to pursue a career in the global maritime and shipping industry will benefit from this course.

All aspects of business in a maritime context are covered, which will appeal to those wishing to work in ship management, ship finance or brokering, maritime law or logistics and supply chain management.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Business Foundation Year J9N1
  • 3 Years Standard Entry N900
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N9Q3
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,700

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:
Trip to Rotterdam and Antwerp in year two: £290 plus lunch and dinner expenses.

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.

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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels in a relevant subject including a Grade D or above, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • 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 International Foundation Year or the Business Foundation Year.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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.


of students overall, are satisfied with the quality of the course

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

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 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 June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

BSc (Hons) Maritime Business

BSc (Hons) Maritime Business with a placement year

Business Foundation Year route:

Business Foundation Year

Business Foundation Year with a placement year

International Foundation Year route:

International Foundation Year

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Research for Business
  • Transport Geography
  • Managing Financial Information
  • Maritime Business
  • Maritime Operations
  • Introduction to Law

Year two

Core units
  • Current Marine Issues
  • Ports and Logistics
  • Management of Marine Organisations
  • Chartering Practice
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea


  • Curriculum Plus
  • Ship Management and Operations

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

Year three

Core units
  • International Trade Law
  • Marine Finance
  • Maritime Law and Risk Management
  • Strategic Management and Marketing
  • Project/Extended Project


  • Supply Chain Management
  • Curriculum Plus

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


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

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Written exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Nickie Butt academic profile Nickie Butt Head of Subject View profile
Giuseppe Saieva academic profile Giuseppe Saieva Course Leader View profile
Nicola Pryce-Roberts academic profile Nicola Pryce-Roberts Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Alexandros Dimitriadis academic profile Alexandros Dimitriadis Lecturer View profile
Marlene Calderón academic profile Marlene Calderón Lecturer View profile
Pengfei Zhang academic profile Pengfei Zhang Lecturer View profile
Dr Kate Pike academic profile Kate Pike Research Fellow 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.

Southampton Solent’s China Centre (Maritime) is key to developing strong industry links in China and the Far East and study in a city with a rich maritime history and which is a key hub in global shipping.

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:

  • Ship finance
  • Ship broking
  • Ship chartering
  • Ship operations
  • Ship management
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Ship brokerage and chartering
  • Marine finance
  • Maritime law
  • Ship management and operations
  • Port and terminal management and operations
  • Logistics
  • Freight forwarding
  • Supply chain management.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course


of those students are in a professional or managerial job
  • 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

We have close links with the maritime industry, providing talks from industry representatives, visits to maritime business settings and professional input to ensure the course reflects the industry’s latest developments.

Recent speakers have represented a range of organisations including:

  • Maritime London
  • Maritime Coastguard Agency
  • Tinto Marine
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen
  • NYK Group Europe
  • Martin Stopford – Director of Research, Clarksons.

The maritime group also holds an annual conference for students, giving you exciting opportunities to network with maritime experts.

Our ties with the industry also provide extensive opportunities for work experience, with previous placements including work at a container terminal, a port agency, a tanker company and a ship broker. 

The University has strong international partnerships with a number of maritime organisations and other universities.

Southampton Solent’s China Centre (Maritime) is key to developing strong industry links in China and the Far East.


A year-long work placement is available between years two and three. You’ll receive extensive support from the course team in finding a suitable placement, and be able to call on the University’s extensive industry contacts. 

Students have had the opportunity to experience the maritime industry first-hand during port visits to Southampton, Antwerp and Rotterdam.

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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