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Study this 100% distance learning MBA in Shipping and Logistics

MBA Programme Structure

The design and content of the Masters 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

The MBA begins with a compulsory two week 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 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 (30 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 (30 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 (30 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.

Business Transformation Project (30 Credits)
Written to the same standard as a dissertation, the project will provide students with a means of developing further the skills and knowledge gained on the MBA, by application to a specific organisational issue or problem. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in the design of a business enhancement project, application of appropriate methods of investigation, management of the change process and maintenance of vision in the face of the vicissitudes of business realities.

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

In-company training


"I chose to enrol for the online MBA course, as I consider it the perfect opportunity to support my working experience with academic knowledge, whilst being able to work fulltime. Furthermore I believe it will enhance and develop my management and leadership skills, enabling my team and myself to perform at an even higher level than today."
Michael Jorgensen

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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