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About the course

The multi-billion dollar maritime industry is the backbone of modern trade, with approximately 93,000 ships trading across the world. On this specialist degree course you will develop the essential skills and understanding for a great career in this complex and fast-moving industry – exploring everything from maritime law to insurance to logistics to ports’ environmental and economic impact.

Led by tutors with a range of academic and industry expertise, you will study the latest management and business practices and learn to apply them to this specialist industry – exploring real-world scenarios and learning to put theory into practice. You will get to grips with the complexities of the global transport trade, learn to manage the day-to-day operation of ships and ports, explore the intricate web of law, regulations and economic interests which manage the industry – and learn how to apply that knowledge to keep the industry functioning smoothly.

On graduating, you will be well placed to make an immediate contribution in the workplace, showing the in-depth knowledge, keen problem-solving and decision-making skills and hands-on attitude to deliver practical solutions to everyday management challenges.

And you will also have plenty of opportunities to develop your professional network in the industry, from working alongside students from across the globe to our maritime events and guest speakers – including Solent alumni and industry figures at every level.

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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
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
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
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Course designed in consultation with industry and alumni to ensure validity and relevance to today's industry.

What does this course lead to?

As a graduate you’ll have a wide range of options in the industry available to you,  including port management, port agency, ship management, terminal operations and ship operations.

Who is this course for?

This degree is suited to students who have an interest in the world of shipping, ports and logistics, combined with a desire to make your mark on an exciting, dynamic and essential global industry.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fee: £1,425
International placement year fee: £1,850

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

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 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs

Trip to Rotterdam and Antwerp in year two: £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

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

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • From A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent, which comply with the minimum requirement of 104 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 and Law Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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 Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 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:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement Year 4 years Apply

Business and Law Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement Year 5 years Apply
Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Shipping Business
    This module will provide you with the foundation knowledge that is essential to the understanding of shipping as business. This knowledge forms the basis for understanding maritime commercial law and practice.
  • Global Trades
    Develop your understanding of global trade and the relationship between supply and demand for natural resources. Explore how trade routes develop and change in response to new discoveries and socio-economic development.
  • Data Science
    Shipping is high volume industry with a need to measure cargo, fleet capacity and distances. To be prepared for this business environment, you will learn how to summarise and communicate numerical information and develop skills to deal with complex data.
  • Shipping Economics
    This module introduces you to economics of the main maritime trades. This covers the impact of the shipping cycle and how freight markets work alongside economic theory and business practice relating to maritime industry. 
  • Vessel Operations
    Identify vessel requirements for the vast array of commodities transported by ship and consider some of the more specialised vessels that work in the industry related to the cargo they carry. Look at how changes in technology and a need for a more sustainable approach will drive change in the industry. 
  • Maritime Organisations
    Gain a foundation of knowledge of the typical organisation of shipping companies, ports and other firms that enable the transportation of goods – and people – by ship. You will also look into the organisation of companies that support seaborne trade, such as shipyards, ship chandlers, brokers, insurance firms and more.

Year two

Core modules
  • Ship Management and Operations
    Shipping is a global business that is regulated by multiple organisations. You will look at the operations of a range of vessels, and regulations that are in place to ensure safety of crew and cargoes with the need to balance the economic, social, environment and regulatory requirements to successfully manage ships.
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
    This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the commercial and legal issues involved in the carriage of goods by sea. Effectively conduct basic research using a variety of legal research tools, resources and electronic media to locate, organise and apply the core legal concepts that regulate commercial maritime law.
  • Port and Terminal Management
    Ports are essential nodes in the transport chain and important for the economy. This module will give you an depth understanding of ports and specialist terminals within them. The role of project planning everything from operations, planning and storage will be covered in as well the regulatory environment.
  • Chartering Practice
    This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the practical, commercial and legal aspects of ship brokering and chartering.
  • Accounting for Decision Making
    As you are studying to become a manager in a maritime organisation, this module should prove indispensable for your future career. This is practice-driven module teaches you to interpret financial accounting information, supplier screening, competitor analysis, profit and optimisation.
  • Principles of Logistics
    Modern logistics is an important important pillar in the development of modern economy. The module investigates Logistics Systems; Transport Systems, Warehousing, Handling and Picking Systems; Inventory, Stock and Provisioning Management; Network Planning and Control. The module will provide you with tools to develop a problem-solving approach to managing commercial logistics.
  • Work Placement
    By undertaking a work placement, you will have the opportunity to implement the knowledge and skills gained from your course and also learn about new concepts and working practices. The experiences you gain from working in the industry will help you develop key skills for your future.

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation
    A dissertation gives you the opportunity to undertake an extensive piece of research within your subject area and develop important skills to critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate your chosen topic.
  • Strategic Management
    This module considers the issues of strategic management within the complex environment that enterprises operate, where opportunities and constraints are continually developing and changing. It explores a range of strategic management processes that address the complexity and variability of this environment.
  • Supply Chain Management
    The module explores how supply chain systems are developed by companies so they can remain competitive in modern, global business. The purpose of this module is to look at the scope of modern supply chains providing a solid foundation of knowledge to be used for managing supply chains processes.
  • Sustainability Leadership and Management
    The opening section of the module focuses on developing your understanding of sustainability. The module then moves to discuss the global implications of sustainable development. You will explore difficulties in agreeing and negotiating sustainability objectives, helping contextualise the history, development, and resulting complexities of the topic.
  • Financial Management
    Investment appraisal, sources of funds, and risk management strategies are all examined in detail within a maritime context. Consideration will be given to new buildings, second hand purchases; the acquisition of other capital assets will also be addressed.


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
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 facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Course designed in consultation with industry and alumni to ensure validity and relevance to today's industry.

Industry links

The programme group put on a maritime conference which takes place annually. High profile speakers from across the industry attend the event to talk about current issues being faced by the industry. Every year several alumni also attend to share their experiences since leaving the university.



There is an optional one-year work placement option between year two and year three; you are expected to find your own placement, but the course team will be available to advise and support you.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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