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About the course

The maritime industry plays a vital role in global trade. Shipping generates billions of dollars of revenue annually and offers an ever-growing number of opportunities for talented graduates. This challenging and varied course will help you to develop a comprehensive understanding of industry practices and shipping management. This knowledge will be underpinned by the study of practical maritime law.

Your degree will start with general maritime studies. Units cover a variety of key areas including transport geography, maritime business, operations management and an introduction to maritime law. Year two and three will see you specialise your knowledge, focusing on current issues within the maritime sector and the intricacies of global maritime law. Optional units and an individual research project give you the chance to tailor the course to your own specific career ambitions.

Employability sits at the heart of all our teaching. The course has been designed to ensure that the skills learnt are in demand and applicable to real workplace practice. During the second and third year of study, you will have the chance to undertake a work placement year. Work placement students leave the University with a specialised degree and one year of valuable industry experience already on their CV.

Solent’s annual maritime conference is one of the highlights of the academic calendar. You’ll have the opportunity to network with industry experts, make valuable contacts and hear guest speakers present on a range of current maritime issues. Other events are organised by the University’s maritime society. This student organised group maintain regular contact with Solent graduates from all around the world. They also invite guest speakers to the campus and arrange volunteering opportunities. 

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
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
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

Study maritime law and business in the heart of Southampton – home to hundreds of maritime businesses and a thriving port community.

What does this course lead to?

The maritime industry is working to overcome the challenging global trading environment and issues raised by Brexit. Graduates will be well-equipped to assist in this important work.

Graduates will leave the course with a portfolio of sought-after management and legal skills that can be applied in a range of different industries.

Who is this course for?

As well as meeting the entry requirements, candidates should be aiming to work in ship management, ship finance or brokering, maritime law, logistics, or supply chain management.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year 
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,750

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

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

72 - 96 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • At least two A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 72 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.
  • 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.

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 15 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 of 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

What you'll study

Year one

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

Year two

Core units
  • Management of Marine Organisations
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Current Marine Issues
  • Jurisdiction and Conflicts
  • Marine Insurance


  • Ship Management and Operations

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

Year three

Core units
  • Maritime Law and Risk Management
  • Project
  • International Trade Law
  • Corporate Accountability
  • Admiralty Dispute Resolution


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
Pengfei Zhang academic profile Pengfei Zhang Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Alexandros Dimitriadis academic profile Alexandros Dimitriadis 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.


Maritime law and business students will have access to our full range of resources and support services. These include a 24-hour library, computer resource centres, bookable study spaces and comprehensive sport/exercise facilities. Our students support teams can help you with any aspect of your time at university.

Learn skills that are sought after in all kinds of public- and private-sector organisations.

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 percent of world trade is carried by the shipping industry, which offers graduates exciting and varied opportunities.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Ship finance
  • Shipbroking
  • 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.

Industry links

The maritime teaching team maintain excellent links with industry. These links help to facilitate guest lectures from industry representatives; visits to maritime business settings and professional mentoring opportunities. These industry connections have also played a part in developing the course content. This ensures that everything you learn is relevant to current industry practice.

The University also holds an annual maritime conference. You’ll have the opportunity to network with industry experts, make valuable contacts and hear guest speakers present on a range of current maritime issues.


During the second and third years of study, you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement year. This placement must account for at least 120 working days, excluding holidays, sickness and assessment preparation.

Further study

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