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BSc (Hons)Maritime Management Top-Up

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UCAS code: NN20
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a maritime management top-up degree at Solent University

Designed specifically for qualified seafarers, this course develops the business skills you need for a shore-side career. Study in Southampton – a major hub for the maritime and shipping industry.

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  • Study in the heart of Southampton, a major hub in the UK and European maritime and shipping industry. 
  • Develop your professional connections at our annual maritime conference with Solent graduates and senior professionals from the industry. 
  • Solent is leading the way in maritime research with topics such as shipping hybridisation, cleaner energy and low-carbon technologies for port use – you will learn direct from leading experts in their field. 
  • Solent alumni successes throughout the maritime industry. Graduates have gone on to roles with companies including; Bibby, Aberdeen; Lloyd’s Register, London; Odjfjell Tankers, Bergen; Cargill, Geneva; Carnival UK; and the International Maritime Organization. 
  • You will explore real-world scenarios and learn to put theory into practice working on projects with clients such as Red Funnel , Ocean Infinity, and more. 

Course overview

As ships need professional seafarers, so the shore-based element of the maritime industry needs graduates with a good understanding of the shipping industry – and the relevant business skills.

A dedicated one-year ‘top-up’ course for qualified seafarers, this specialist degree offers the key industry practice, management, and business skills you need to develop a shore-side career.

Building on your existing qualifications and industry knowledge, you will explore the legal and management landscape in the maritime industry, which will build on and complement existing knowledge of the shipping industry.

Taught by staff with a wide range of experience and knowledge within the industry and academia, the course will help you make the transition from ship to shore – supporting your development and filling any potential gaps in your knowledge base. And with a strong focus on learning through application within the real world, you will have plenty of opportunities to put theory into practice.

And you will be part of a diverse and international student body, exposing you a huge range of cultural attitudes and approaches to business – and helping you build an essential network of global contacts. Our maritime conference delivers even more opportunities for professional connection, bringing Solent alumni and senior professionals from the industry on campus to share their career experiences, develop your employability, and more.

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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 course is designed to help qualified deck officers gain a degree and make the move from a seagoing to a shore side career. 

What does this course lead to?

The global maritime industry offers many career opportunities such as ship brokering and chartering, port management and operations, ship management and operations and logistics and supply chain.

Meet the team

Many of the teaching staff on the programme have an industry background thereby 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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