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Study this 100% distance learning MBA in Shipping and Logistics

MBA Programme Structure

The design and content of the Master of Business Administration in Shipping and Logistics programme provides an integrated balance of management theories with their underlying practical business and maritime industry-specific applications. The MBA is the result of exhaustive research and has been developed in conjunction with maritime and logistics industry leaders, shipping executives, well-regarded academics and the next generation of management.

MBA in Shipping & Logistics Programme Syllabus

All core modules to be studied plus one choice of Project option

The MBA begins with a compulsory two week online induction providing students with the opportunity to access and familiarise themselves with our state of the art online learning portal and other resources available throughout the programme. There are some compulsory short exercises during this period to allow introductions to the subject, the faculty and fellow peers.

Shipping Business Environment and International Trade (20 Credits)
The first module will develop the students’ advanced understanding of the context in which the maritime world operates. It will lay the foundation for the programme and will focus on:

  • The economics of the maritime industry, the characteristics of demand and supply and their interaction in the various maritime markets;
  • The strategic environment of maritime policy and administration; 
  • The key principles of maritime law. The oceans, seas and waterways are still the predominant conduits for international trade.

Business Strategy (20 Credits)
This module aims to equip students with a detailed understanding of the key developments in, and thinking derived from, the study of strategy. The contents of the module will;

  • Explore models and theories of strategy and their application by practicing managers in today’s world; 
  • Inform students of the key developments in, and thinking derived from, the study of strategy; 
  • Critically appraise where and when such models are useful and how to utilise them; 
  • Provide fascinating and relevant examples and exercises that illustrate these concepts with the intent of building students capability in strategic thinking and practice.

Executive Leadership (20 Credits)
Focusing upon the critical issue of people and their performance in the particular context of the maritime industry, the module will:

  • Illustrate how the processes of contemporary human resource management support organisational performance; 
  • Explore the key elements of the HR cycle resourcing, managing performance, developing and rewarding; 
  • Identify areas of overlap between management and leadership and to investigate competences and behaviours associated with management and leadership; 
  • Develop leadership behaviours that will enable students to manage performance as well as lead change to improve overall organisational performance.

Advanced International Marketing (20 Credits)
Exploring marketing and communication strategies in the context of shipping / logistics organisations, this module will:

  • Equip students with the skills to analyse current marketing strategies and apply appropriate techniques based on insights gained; 
  • Develop students’ ability to identify critical actions that enhance profitability;
  • Help you create a communications strategy and plan, a marketing strategy and plan, and to outline the business case for such plans.

Finance and Risk Management (20 Credits)
This highly topical module looks at the critical issues of finance and risk. Designed to build and enhance the knowledge of students in the financing of ships and the management of the major risks in shipping. In particular this section will:

  • Evaluate the various finance methods available for shipping companies; 
  • Critically assess the techniques of investment appraisal under risky and uncertain situations in the shipping industry; 
  • Explore the traditional and emerging methods of risk management and derivatives instruments in shipping.

Optimising Business Performance (20 Credits)
The final taught module will focus upon the development of shipping within the logistics supply chain. It will build student skills in projects mastery, research and development (R&D) and innovation within the context of shipping logistics. The objective is to provide awareness, knowledge and insight into the organisations need for constant attention to technical, cultural, social and environmental change in the global shipping and logistics sectors. In particular this module will:

  • Explore the role of research and development in the advance of historic, contemporary and future operations and technologies;  
  • Define and delineate the key principles of maritime logistics; 
  • Evaluate the need for innovation in the constant management of change; 
  • Integrate and apply the principles of project mastery in attaining and sustaining operational and technical leadership in the maritime supply chain.


Project Option 1
Business Transformation Project: (60 Credits Total)
Undertake one of the elective modules below plus the Research Methods module and the Business Transformation Project

Information Management: Elective module (20 Credits)
Knowledge and understanding of information technologies and systems used in organisations to manage information and decision making, are critical to work place success. This module provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively navigate the information technology and systems minefield

Management Perspectives: Elective module (20 Credits)
One of the central features of modern management is that theories and practices continue to evolve and this creates new understandings of the management task. This module deals primarily with values and the contextual subjectivity of management practices. Issues such as ethics, social responsibility, managing with diversity, and managing across cultures are therefore the prime areas of the module. This module is designed to provide students with the critical tools and mindset to analyse and identify responses to such challenges, regardless of their nature or of the imperatives and fashions that drive them.

Research Methods: Compulsory Module (10 Credits)
This module provides students with a means of further developing their skills in research. It presents the key elements and issues of research design, of processes of collecting evidence and analysing this, and of drawing conclusions. The module also introduces some of the key controversies of management research, so that the participant not only comes to understand the processes and problems of producing research outcomes, but also becomes a more sophisticated consumer of these in their various forms of dissemination.

Business Transformation Project: Compulsory Module (30 Credits)
A challenging high level strategic dissertation of 10,000 words, with your sponsor company or with a focus of your choice if you are self funding, is one of the most exciting parts of the course for many students as you apply your learning to your particular interests. The Project is all about the transition from theory to real-life execution.

The project will incorporate many of the management lessons learnt during the course with key real life challenges and lay a thorough foundation for your future career progression. Although final submission of the Project is at the end of the course, throughout your study of each module you will undertake preparatory work to ensure that the Project is integrated into your learning.

Project Option 2
Applied Project:
Compulsory Module (60 Credits)
This 15,000 word MBA project provides the student with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills gained on the MBA at an advanced level.

This module provides students with the means of further developing and integrating the skills and knowledge acquired on the MBA through application to a specific organisational issue or problem. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in relation to scoping the issue(s)/problems, consideration of appropriate literature, collection and analysis of data, assessing the financial implications, including any cost/benefit analysis for justifying specific recommendations and consideration of implementation issues.

For full details of the programme syllabus download the MBA in Shipping and Logistics prospectus by clicking here.  


This is a Middlesex University programme and qualification, jointly developed, delivered and assessed by Middlesex and Lloyd's Maritime Academy, and quality assured by Middlesex University.

Delivered and awarded by:

Middlesex University London

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"I found the MBA course extremely relevant to the industry, the knowledge gained helped broaden my view of the industry, the organisation I work for and the diverse work force around me. The knowledge and discipline developed through the program helped sharpen skills at work and contributed to my increased effectiveness as a professional."
Asish Arul

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

  • JSC Belarusian Potash Company
  • Gander and White Shipping Ltd
  • Da-Desk FZE
  • Siem Car Carriers
  • Namibia Port Authority pty Ltd
  • Hapag-Lloyd Asia
  • Hellespont Ship Management GmbH & Co. KG
  • Container Ship Management
  • Threeways Shipping Services (Group) Ltd
  • e- Software Solution
  • Seaspan Ship Management Ltd
  • Matthewsdaniel International (Hong Kong) Ltd
  • St Shipping and Transport Pte Ltd
  • Atlantic Container Line
  • Rickmers Reederei GmbH & Cie. KG
  • General Maritime Directorate
  • White Sea Star Shipping Services Co Ltd
  • Petrobras America (Shuttle Tanker consultants)
  • Skaugen PetroTrans
  • Namsov Fishing Enterprises(Pty)Ltd
  • National Maritime Shipping Company Kazmortransflot
  • Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG
  • A.P. Moller Maersk A/S
  • United Nations Worlds Food Programme
  • Sunrio Corporation Europe
  • King Fahd Industrial Port
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Linetrale Oil Supply & Trading Company
  • BP Angola B.V
  • Tidewater Marine Internationa Inc
  • LBH Australia
  • Scandlines GmbH
  • UIC Marine Services, LLC
  • Affinity Management Services Ltd
  • Malta Maritime Authority
  • Maritime New Zealand
  • The Society for Sea Rescue
  • Sanko Ship Management
  • Intertek Calebbrett
  • Vships Pvt Ltd
  • Euroship Services Ltd
  • U.S. Army National Guard, Active Duty
  • Landfill Transport & Towage Nigeria Ltd
  • NIG Maritime Admin & Safety Ag.
  • Newalta Corporation
  • DRI Shipping & Storing Consultancy Ltd
  • Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd.
  • Bernhard Schulte Ship Management Ltd
  • Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
  • Qatar Petroleum
  • Canarship SL - Grupo Romeu
  • Jordan National Shipping Lines PLC
  • Princess Cruises
  • Walsh Group/Matthew Consultants
  • Little Violet Ltd
  • Gard AS
  • Sonangol E.P.
  • Raffles Shipmanagement Services Pte.Ltd
  • K Line (Urkanie) LLC
  • E.R Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie.KG
  • Harwich Haven Authority
  • UAB "Euroga"
  • Navig8 Asia Pte Ltd
  • Maritime Tankers and Shipping Company
  • Ejix Maritime Ltd
  • Mitsui OSK Lines
  • NLNG/Shell Ship Management Ltd
  • A.E.T Shipping Jeddah
  • Transport Canada Marine Safety
  • European Maritime Safety Agency
  • Nigeria LNG Ltd
  • Angola American
  • Railway Logistics Service Ltd
  • P&O Ferries Ltd, UK
  • LLC Rosshipcom (Russia)
  • CMA CGM Philippines
  • Torm A/S
  • ESNAAD Company
  • MOL Europe BV
  • Multiterminais
  • Swedish Maritime Administration
  • Mediterranean Shipping Company Greece S.A
  • MSC Ship Management (HK) Ltd
  • Jeddah Express
  • Kuehne+Nagel
  • MUR Shipping RSA(Pty) Ltd
  • Lloyd's Register
  • Seacor Marine International Ltd
  • Nigerian Agip Oil Company Ltd
  • MISC BHD. (Subsidiary of PETRONAS). Maersk LNG.
  • TMBC Logistics Ltd
  • Benelux Overseas Inc
  • Kapital Leading Transport Srl
  • AET Inc Ltd
  • Via Cecconi 6
  • Hua Dao Shipping (Far East) Ltd
  • Triple Point Technology Inc
  • Qatar Shipping Company
  • RASGAS Company Ltd
  • Petro-Canada
  • Petrolina (Holdings) Public Ltd
  • Noble Chartering Ltd
  • Trans Ocean Lines Ltd
  • Swire Shipping Ltd
  • PSI Co Ltd
  • Germanischer Lloyd AG
  • Gearbulk Maritima Ltda
  • Smit International N.V
  • ECM Terminal Ltd
  • Anglo-Eastern Shipmanagement Ltd.
  • AgipkCo
  • Kazmortransflot UK LTD
  • Billo Gain Enterprise Pte Ltd
  • A.A. Turki Group
  • Prisco (Singapore) PTE Ltd
  • Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd
  • United States Navy
  • Tuscor Lloyds UK Ltd
  • Qatar Gas Transport Co. Ltd
  • PacMarine Services (HK) Ltd
  • Cargotec
  • Interorient Marine Services
  • Topaz Marine MENA
  • ASP Tanker Management (Singapore) Pvt Ltd
  • Arabian Maritime and Navigation Aid Services
  • DND Shipping PVT Ltd
  • Hyproc Shipping Company
  • Softship AG
  • Shell International Trading & Shipping Company
  • Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd
  • Northern Confluence Ship Management Inc
  • Port of Port-of-Spain
  • Shank International Pte Ltd
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Sasol Group Services
  • Sea Truck Group Nigeria Ltd
  • Astroships
  • Gearbulk Shipowning Ltd
  • Amercian Wagle Tankers
  • Roymar Shipmanagement Inc. NY
  • SPT Inc
  • ALSS (Angola LNG Supply Services)
  • Norton Lilly International
  • United Shipping Company
  • APM-Maersk
  • Teekay Shipping Glasgow Ltd
  • Moran Shipping
  • Braemar Seascope
  • Wartsila, Switzerland
  • Maersk Supply Service
  • Rosshipcom Marine Ltd (RSCM)
  • ArcelorMittal Galati SA
  • Ifchor SA
  • STC-Group
  • Samoa Shipping Corporation Ltd
  • Belize Port Authority
  • GTZ German Technical Cooperation

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