Shipping and Maritime Studies (18 months, Master of Science)


The MSc in Shipping and Maritime Studies has been designed to endow graduates with the skills, knowledge and capabilities required in order to work in the shipping industry. The program, with its comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach that incorporates theoretical frameworks, project work and case studies, enables students to develop critical thinking as well as an in-depth understanding of the concepts and characteristics of the shipping industry.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the program will be able to work in the shipping industry. Graduates are expected to work in Shipping companies (ship management, ship freight and logistic, ship finance and trade) as well as in Port Management companies (commercial management, maritime regulation, transport). Graduates already in the Shipping industry will be able to develop further their career by acquiring higher positions and responsibilities. Additionally, prospective holders of the MSc wishing to move into the industry and develop or diversify their career will be able to improve their employment opportunities by demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the Shipping and Maritime concepts.

Program Outline

All students pursuing this degree must complete the following requirements:

Degree Requirements ECTS
Core Courses 32
Elective Courses 28
Research Methods and Final Project Dissertation 30
Total Requirements 90

Core Courses 32 ECTS
Code Course Title ECTS
ISM672 Strategic Management and Planning 8
ISM673 International Trade and Economics 8
ISM674 Shipping Economics and Maritime Policy 8
ISM688 Chartering and Shipping Broker 8

Elective Courses 28 ECTS
Code Course Title ECTS
ISM671 Safety and Security in Shipping and Ports 7
ISM675 Maritime and Shipping Law 7
ISM676 Maritime Logistics 7
ISM677 Management and Operations of the Shipping Industry 7
ISM678 Port Economics and Management 7
ISM679 Environmental and Quality Management 7
ISM680 Finance in Shipping 7
ISM681 Project Management in Shipping and Maritime Studies 7
ISM683 Technology in Shipping & Navigation 7

Research Methods and Final Project Dissertation 30 ECTS
Code Course Title ECTS
ISM690 Research Methods and Final Project Dissertation 30

Objectives & Outcomes

General Objectives
  • Develop in students a detailed understanding of the key concepts underpinning Management, Logistics, Transportation of commodities in the shipping and maritime industries;
  • Provide an in-depth knowledge of the manner in which Ship Management companies employ their fleets, achieve and maintain high standards of safety and management systems;
  • Provide a Postgraduate program in Shipping and Maritime Management to students from a diverse academic and professional background
  • Allow students to develop the practical and theoretical skills and knowledge focusing on both research and theories from a holistic ship Management and Shipping point of view.
  • Facilitate learning in areas of ship management, maritime that are direct linked to global industry.
  • Equip students with all necessary attitudes and skills to guide their decision and to enable them to become effective business executives in shipping and energy Industry.
  • Develop global viewpoint of and a critical way of thinking.
Specific Objectives
  • Create a new generation of Shipping and Maritime Management professionals, trained within a program tailor-made according to the professional qualifications of International Ship management and Oil Companies practice.
  • Promote research on Shipping and Maritime Management;
  • Create a generation of scientists and professionals, able to provide solutions for modern Shipping (Tankers, LNG and LPG), and Maritime issues (critical infrastructure, emerging technologies for Oil and Gas exploration e.g. Oil rigs),and Port management (ports, projects)
  • Create a unique course that will attract Postgraduate students from the wider SE Europe and Middle East areas
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the students should be able to:

  • Plan, develop and deliver in conjunction with an organization’s management a holistic Ship management system, tailor made for the needs and challenges of a specific work environment.
  • Promote research, develop research skills and provide fundamental knowledge to support a successful career in research and development.
  • Develop a greater Ship Management competence in the area and become successful professionals throughout their lifetime.
  • Work as a member of Shipping and Maritime Management project groups and be able to lead these when needed
  • Communicate Shipping and Maritime Management in the shipping and energy policy, strategy, specific issues and requirements throughout the organization.
  • Obtain an in depth knowledge of the concepts and the processes involved in the management of a shipping company
  • Discuss legal issues which rise in international sea transport and maritime activities.
  • Capture and evaluation of the latest trends and issues in the shipping industry
  • Understand the sources of risk that shipping companies face and identify the range of company strategies available in the context of industry constraints
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the structures, processes and institutional practices of trade and shipping in the global marketplace.
  • Offer modern theoretical knowledge and practical experience in maritime, transport and logistics.
  • Approach and solve basic transport and maritime problems, by developing and extensive research approach and methods.
  • Develop an international overview, by analyzing and evaluating the global shipping environment by utilising the international frameworks and models which have been developed and established by maritime and transport industry.
  • Specialize in the analysis of shipping markets and cycles, maritime trade patterns and commodities carried by sea, chartering and ship-broking practices, maritime logistics systems, legal aspects in shipping, the selection of alternative shipping finance and investment methods.
  • Develop implementation and appraisal of shipping related risk management strategies.
  • Gain exposure and know-how to securities trading, corporate transactions, valuation, investment strategies and quantitative techniques





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