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About the course

Ports are the economic drivers of a country’s economy and ships are the principal mode of delivery. As countries develop and their economies grow, reliance on ships and ports also grows. Emerging and established economies require graduates who have developed a solid knowledge and understanding of operating a port successfully and managing the ships that deliver to the ports.

Studying shipping and port management at Southampton Solent University will help you to capitalise on these opportunities and equip you with the balance of modern shipping knowledge and port management expertise sought after by employers in the industry. 

Our maritime academic group is comprised of staff from a wide range of maritime and shipping backgrounds, ensuring that teaching combines academic theory with a wealth of commercial knowledge. The key aim of the shipping and port management degree is for students to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare them for their future careers and give them the best opportunities to begin their chosen career path.

As a direct benefit of our accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), students will receive exemptions from the academic requirements for membership at either ‘chartered member’ or ‘membership level’ of CILT. In the same way, students will be entitled to exemptions from two of the ICS exams (Professional Qualifying Examinations) required to gain ICS membership (an internationally recognised mark of professionalism in the shipping industry).

Placement year Study abroad Professional accreditation Foundation year available Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Further studies

The University has strong international partnerships with a number of maritime organisations and other universities and you can be safe in the knowledge that this course meets the needs of employers and professional bodies, as it is validated by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, as well as the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

What does this course lead to?

Course graduates have gone on to find roles with a wide range of companies, including Allports, Southampton; Anglo Eastern Fleet Operations, Hong Kong; DFDS Logistics, Oslo; Hoegh Autoliners, Dubai; Wallenius Wilhelmson; World Fuel Services; Markleen oil spill response.

Who is this course for?

This course is well-suited to those who wish to work in shore-side operations within the global shipping and maritime industry. The course content is ideal for those who wish to gain a broad business knowledge whilst specialising in shipping and port operations.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry 3GAL
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year 4XAT

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry 99AT
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year
International full-time fees: £10,500 per year
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350
International placement year fees: £1,545

Other costs

Optional trip to Rotterdam and Antwerp in year two: £250 plus lunch and dinner expenses.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.


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Key entry requirements

240 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels in a relevant subject including a Grade D or above, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • 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 International Foundation Year.

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 proficients 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.


100%

of students feel their communication skills have improved.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

Email

ask@solent.ac.uk

Call

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.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year One

  • Introduction to Law
  • Maritime Operations
  • Maritime Business
  • Transport Geography
  • Managing Financial Information
  • Business Skills Development

Year Two

  • Current Marine Issues
  • Ports and Logistics
  • Management of Marine Organisations
  • Chartering Practice
  • Ship Management and Operations

Options

  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Curriculum Plus

Year Three

  • Terminal Planning and Development
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Marine Pollution Management
  • Strategic Marketing and Management
  • Project/Extended Project

Options

  • Maritime Law and Risk Management
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Key figures

10%

Written Exams

79%

Assessment by coursework

11%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Nickie Butt academic profile Nickie Butt Programme Group Leader View profile
Giuseppe Saieva academic profile Giuseppe Saieva Course Leader View profile
Nicola Pryce-Roberts academic profile Nicola Pryce-Roberts Senior Lecturer View profile
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Dr Andrei Kuznetsov academic profile Andrei Kuznetsov Lecturer View profile
Marlene Calderón academic profile Marlene Calderón Lecturer View profile
Pengfei Zhang academic profile Pengfei Zhang Lecturer View profile
Dr Kate Pike academic profile Kate Pike Research Fellow View profile

Facilities

The University provides excelled learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points.

Take part in our annual maritime conference, which can provide valuable networking opportunities with maritime experts and you can get involved with our student run Maritime Society, who arrange regular social events, guest speakers and volunteering opportunities.

Your future

With strong industry links, graduates 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:

  • Port management and operations
  • Ship management and operations (liner and bulk shipping)
  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Port agency
  • Freight forwarding.

80%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course.

60%

of those students are in a professional or managerial role.
  • As a junior operator in the dry bulk/tanker operator sector, the work undertaken whilst at Solent – and the knowledge I gained from the course – are proving to be very useful in my current job.

    Peter Allan, Graduate

Industry connections

Recent speakers have represented a range of organisations including:

  • Maritime London
  • Maritime Coastguard Agency
  • Tinto Marine
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen
  • NYK Group Europe
  • Martin Stopford – Director of Research, Clarksons.

Placements

A year-long work placement is available between the second and third years. While students are expected to find their own placements, you’ll be able to draw on the course team’s extensive industry contacts and further support in finding a suitable placement. Students have found placements with logistics companies, port operators and agents, as well as in shipping companies, a container terminal, a port agency, a tanker company and a ship broker.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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