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About the course

Designed specifically for qualified seafarers, Southampton Solent’s maritime management top-up degree focuses on key management and business skills as well as shore-side maritime industry practice. You’ll develop legal, financial and management knowledge within the field of the maritime industry, which will build on and complement your existing knowledge of the shipping industry.

Professional seafarers have a unique set of skills that are of great value to shipping companies. However, it is sometimes hard to make the transition from ship to shore as there can be a general lack of understanding and knowledge of business and management practice amongst professional seafarers. This one-year top-up degree aims to fill this gap and produce graduates who are highly employable for their knowledge of both shipping and the maritime business.

This degree forms part of the shipping and maritime business portfolio, which benefits from a large cohort of international students. This reflects the global nature of the maritime industry and enables students to develop an understanding of different cultural attitudes and approaches to business while growing their network of contacts worldwide.

To complement their studies, students are encouraged to attend the University’s Maritime Conference, which is a key highlight of the academic year. Senior professionals from the industry are invited to talk to current students, and our alumni also attend and share their career experiences. Additional events in the week focus on developing employability skills and culminate with a careers fair.

Staff who teach on the programme have a wide range of experience and knowledge. Students will benefit from the mixture of industry professionals and academics as well as from the international outlook of the team. To help develop a good understanding of the subject, staff place a strong focus on learning through application within the real world, demonstrating theory within practice.

Further studies Top-up degree

Enhance your existing experience and knowledge of the shipping industry by developing an understanding of the shore-side operations.

What does this course lead to?

The global maritime industry offers many career opportunities and graduates from this course will be well placed to pursue management level shore-based roles within this sector.

Who is this course for?

Qualified seafarers who also hold an HND or foundation degree alongside their professional qualifications will be well placed to enrol on this course. The course will suit serving seafarers who wish to enhance their academic and professional qualifications and who are looking to pursue shore-side career opportunities in the near future.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 1 Year Standard Entry NN20
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

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

Entry based on professional qualification (STCW Officer of the Watch) and HND or Foundation degree.

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-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • 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:

ask@solent.ac.uk 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: www.ucas.com.

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.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Management of Marine Organisations
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Strategic Management and Marketing
  • International Trade and Finance
  • Project

Options

  • Chartering Practice
  • Ports and Logistics
  • Ship Management and Operations

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

Support

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

Giuseppe Saieva academic profile Giuseppe Saieva Course Leader View profile
Nicola Pryce-Roberts academic profile Nicola Pryce-Roberts Senior 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.

Facilities

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.

Students can meet and interact with students from across the world and develop a network of contacts. Students are also able to participate in the Maritime Conference where you can meet and question senior industry professionals and alumni.

Your future

Solent’s maritime management top-up degree will enable graduates to seek shore-side employment in areas such as:

  • Ship brokering and chartering
  • Port management and operations
  • Ship management and operations
  • Logistics and supply chain.

Industry links

Staff work closely with the industry on the development of our maritime and shipping course portfolio. A mentoring scheme is also available to students.

Our close industry links have seen a wide range of guest speakers attend the Maritime Conference. Past speakers have included: Martin Stopford, Clarksons Research; Alastair Fischbacher, Sustainable Ship Initiative; Clive Thomas, Port Manager, ABP Southampton; David Barnham, Peabody Energy; Rich Sweeting, Kuehne + Nagel; and Edmund Hughes, IMO: Emissions and Energy Efficiency.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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