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About the course

Designed specifically for qualified seafarers, 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.

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

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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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 

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

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

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

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 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:

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What you'll study

Year one

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


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

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
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.

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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