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About the course

The world is now a truly global community with goods moving great distances in response to consumer supply and demand. There is a high demand for the shipment of key commodities such as iron, steel, coal and cement to meet the needs of industrial growth and infrastructure development. Likewise, raw and unprocessed commodities are transported to countries where they are processed and manufactured into goods which are then shipped around the world.

As nations develop, the shipping and logistics industry will also grow to meet consumers’ needs. To manage the movement of these goods there will be a crucial need for knowledgeable and well trained graduates who not only understand the constraints and demands of the industry, but also have the ability to solve problems and provide creative and appropriate solutions. Solent’s maritime transport and international logistics course is designed to meet this need and the growing demand for specialist knowledge in the field of international logistics.

The course equips students with knowledge and understanding of international logistics and supply chain management across all transport modes. There will be particular emphasis on the maritime industry and how other transport modes integrate with shipping on a global scale.

Students are taught by staff with a wide range of experience and knowledge. Students 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.

Solent’s annual maritime conference is a highlight of the academic calendar and allows students to network with senior professionals and industry experts to 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’. Speakers at previous conferences have included professionals from organisations such as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, NYK Group Europe Ltd and the Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers.

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
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

Students are able to develop their knowledge of maritime transport and its role within international logistics, as well as understand the theory and practice of logistics and supply chain management on a global scale.

What does this course lead to?

Students will gain key knowledge and specific expertise in business, management, law, the supply chain and finance – all of the essential skills required to apply for a range of roles in this major global industry. From shipbrokers and chartering, ship management and operations, port and terminal management to shipping analysts, freight forwarding logistics professionals and supply chain specialists - the opportunities in this industry are as diverse as the cargo it carries.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those interested in pursuing a career in logistics, particularly within the global shipping industry. The course will suit those with a good commercial acumen, as there is a strong business, finance and law aspect to the core units.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year 
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350
International placement year fees: £1,750

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 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2018/19 costs were:

Optional costs
Currently a four day student funded trip to the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam is offered in year 2. The approximate cost of this is £290, plus lunch and dinner expenses. 

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

  • A minimum of two A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent, 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 Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.

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.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 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:

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
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

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

Year two

Core units
  • Current Marine Issues
  • Ports and Logistics
  • Management of Marine Organisations
  • Transport Logistics
  • Ship Management and Operations


  • Carriage of Goods by Sea

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

Year three

Core units
  • Project*
  • Extended Project*
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Procurement and Strategic Planning
  • International Logistics Operations
  • Economics and Transport Technology


  • Terminal Planning and Development

*one of the option choices must be Project or Extended Project

Please note: Not all optional units 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

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Written exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Nickie Butt academic profile Nickie Butt Head of Subject View profile
Giuseppe Saieva academic profile Giuseppe Saieva Course Leader View profile
Nicola Pryce-Roberts academic profile Nicola Pryce-Roberts 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 and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Solent’s maritime degrees benefit from a large cohort of international students, reflecting the international nature of the transport and logistics industry and enabling students to understand different cultural attitudes and approaches to business while developing their own network of global contacts.

Your future

Graduates from this course are well-equipped to enter a career (either in the UK or internationally) in ship or port management, port operations and management, and logistics.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Ship operations
  • Ship management
  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Maritime law
  • Ship management and operations
  • Port and terminal management and operations
  • Port and terminal management and operations
  • Logistics
  • Freight forwarding

Industry links

The course team has 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. The University has strong international partnerships with a number of maritime organisations and other universities.


There is an option for students to undertake a one year placement between year two and three. Students will be expected to secure their own placement, however support will be provided to help identify and facilitate placements and work opportunities.

Further study

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