MSc International Maritime Studies - Shipping and Logistics (Full Time)

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Description

This course is part of the taught MSc programme in International Maritime Studies (IMS) which is designed to provide a period of intensive study in a specialist maritime area.

The programme offers intellectually challenging courses with a diversity of learning experiences that aim to provide you with the skills and knowledge to operate competently within the maritime industry.

In the current marketplace, a shipping manager is required to be familiarwith all aspects of international supply chain management. The shipping industry is evolving towards an integrated multimodal door-to-door logistics service.

The MSc in Shipping and Logistics is designed to enable you to have a detailed knowle…

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This course is part of the taught MSc programme in International Maritime Studies (IMS) which is designed to provide a period of intensive study in a specialist maritime area.

The programme offers intellectually challenging courses with a diversity of learning experiences that aim to provide you with the skills and knowledge to operate competently within the maritime industry.

In the current marketplace, a shipping manager is required to be familiarwith all aspects of international supply chain management. The shipping industry is evolving towards an integrated multimodal door-to-door logistics service.

The MSc in Shipping and Logistics is designed to enable you to have a detailed knowledge and understanding of both the operations and strategies of shipping as a single transport mode within the context of international multimodal logistics.

Industrial focus

You will be taught by a highly skilled staff team with wide-ranging experience in the maritime industry.

Course content

You will study five core units in periods 1 and 2 (October to May), followed by the project in period 3 (June to September).

Management of Shipping Operations: This unit provides an understanding of the management issues required in running a shipping operation both on-board ship and ashore. You will study the inter-relationship of different management functions throughout the shipping operation, looking at how ship and shore are linked to enhance the commercial, safety and environmental protection aims of the maritime venture. You will also examine the requirements of current international maritime legislation.

Maritime Business and IT Strategy: This unit blends the complementary subjects of strategic management and IT strategy. You will consider the role of IT in the strategic development of the maritime enterprise and processes that integrate the areas of business and technology with business improvement. The unit also considers marketing management, project management and the human issues related to major enterprise change.

Maritime Business Law: You will explore issues in maritime lawfrom the mature outlook of the postgraduate student. As a result of your studies, you will be able to evaluate specific issues individually and form a personal view about their validity. You will consider challenging issues in areas which are already established as important to a
well-developed appreciation of shipping and commercial law, as well as address fast-evolving and contentious areas.

Maritime Transport and Logistics: This unit focuses on the commercial and logistics environment in which maritime transport operates, in particular organisations which own, operate or manage shipping. Senior managers need to understand the economic and logistical demands which drive this competitive and volatile industry. You will analyse the commercial operation of ships in the bulk and liner shipping freight markets and the role of maritime transport in global supply chains.

Project Proposal: The aim of this unit is to progress your research and academic skills, enabling you to produce a realistic and achievable research proposal for the master’s-level project. It introduces you to the research process and details the underpinning philosophies of research, together with the methodological options for both data gathering and data analysis.
Project: Maritime professionals need to be skilled in identifying and analysing problems so that they can lead changes in policy or practices. For this unit you will develop those skills by identifying, planning and implementing a programme of research, and analysing, evaluating, interpreting and communicating the findings. You will apply these skills to an area of personal interest that is relevant to your future career.

Assessment

Each taught unit is assessed by a combination of presentations, written coursework and/or an examination. The exact combination of assessments, and their timing, depends on the content of each unit. Students are required to complete a 20,000-word research dissertation on a relevant topic.

Key career skills

Communication, presentation, problem solving, working to deadlines, teamwork.

Projects/work experience

There are visits to external organisations and facilities to ensure that students understand and are exposed to the practical application of specific topics from the taught programmes. These are funded outside of the course fees.

Why Solent is special

  • Professional accreditation: The courses on the MSc International Maritime Studies programme are validated by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), London. Depending on the choice of pathway, successful completion of the MSc will provide up to four exemptions from the Institute's professional examinations.
  • Field trips: The course takes advantage of Southampton's position as a major centre in the UK and European shipping sector with visits to the Port of Southampton and other local organisations.

Course length

12 months full-time

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