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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


"I am finding the programme to be above and beyond my expectations."
Paul Jarkiewicz
Fleet and Client Services ManagerESNAAD Company, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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