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Maritime business at Solent

The maritime industry is the backbone of international commerce, with shipping responsible for approximately 90 per cent of the movement of global trade. If you’re interested in business, this vast, complex and fascinating industry is the perfect place to make your mark.

From charterer, ship operator, port agent, ship broker or ship manager to port and ship management or ship and terminal operations, you can work in a career offering great opportunities with expanding city ports across the world.

At Solent, our maritime courses are hugely respected in the industry, covering subjects such as marine underwriting, maritime law, shipping and logistics, and ship operations. As a global port, Southampton is home to premier companies, and our strong industry ties and international reputation attract a range of quality speakers and create opportunities to visit companies, ports and major maritime organisations.

You’ll learn the complexities of the global transport trade, how to manage the day-to-day operation of ships and ports, and explore the unique web of law and regulations in which maritime operates. You can also study shipping economics, vessel operations, digital business, e-commerce and logistics – everything you need to work in an international business environment.

And you can develop your international network as a student through our annual maritime conference which brings Solent alumni and senior professionals from the industry onto campus to talk to students about their early career experiences, help develop employability, and much more. Many of our graduates have gone on to roles with high-profile and prestigious maritime companies, including: Bibby, Aberdeen; Lloyd’s Register, London; Odfjell Tankers, Bergen; Cargill, Geneva; Carnival UK; and the International Maritime Organization.

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Our maritime business courses are available through Clearing


MSc International Maritime Business

Keen to learn more about the business of maritime? With a rich blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, Solent’s International Maritime Business master’s programme...

MSc International Shipping and Logistics

Over 90 per cent of the world’s goods are transported by sea, making shipping and shipping logistics a vital part of world trade. Solent University’s international shipping and...

BSc (Hons) Maritime Business

If you’re looking for an exciting international career and playing a key part in global trade, Solent can offer you the vital skills needed for this fast-moving business environment.

MSc Maritime Education and Training

Develop your pedagogic practice as a maritime educator and increase your understanding of international maritime conventions and their application in the classroom.

BSc (Hons) Maritime Management Top-Up

Designed specifically for qualified seafarers, this course develops the business skills you need for a shore-side career. Study in Southampton – a major hub for the maritime and shipping industry.

BSc (Hons) Maritime Sciences

Top up your professional Certificate of Competency (CoC) as an Officer of Watch to a full academic honours degree from our distinguished Warsash Maritime School.

BSc (Hons) Shipping and Port Management

If you want to work in the exciting hub of ship operations, this specialised degree gives you a global perspective of managing business for international trade.

MSc Shipping Operations

Is it time to take your maritime career to the next level? This two year distance learning programme is ideally suited to maritime professionals who are hoping to move into...


Solent Business School brings businesses to life – our students are entrepreneurial, creative, agile and digital natives.

Housed in our high-tech Spark building in the centre of Southampton, we support our students in developing both specialist knowledge and a powerful, transferable skillset – putting you in control of your future and able to adapt to a rapidly changing world. We encourage our students’ ambitions, and relish working with those who embody the entrepreneurial spirit which is in Solent’s DNA. Solent Business School and its students are an integral part of business innovation in Southampton and the wider UK, via our extensive network of partnerships with the business community. These partnerships are a critical element of studying at Solent – they bring business to life for our students and enable us to support our local communities. Our vibrant campus provides state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark, is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.

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