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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

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 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


"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

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