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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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"Having reached the mid-point in my career span I have decided to arm myself with this MBA so that I can put my experience at sea to some good use ashore."
Vikram Hede
Chief Officer

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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

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