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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 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.

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).

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 offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
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?

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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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

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available.

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

Year two

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


  • Ship Management and Operations

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

Year three

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


  • Supply Chain Management

Please note: Not all optional modules 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

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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