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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

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"I decided to embark on this journey towards an MBA because I have been involved in humanitarian logistics for decades and wanted to solidify my knowledge and build on my existing skills base. I already held a post-graduate degree in generic business studies but was always interested in learning more about logistics and supply chain management, specifically within the maritime sector. When working for an international organisation in the field, the options are somewhat limited and the MBA programme offered by Middlesex was ideally suited to my circumstances. It turned out to be a very rewarding experience and I gained valuable knowledge and insights, especially in maritime economics, strategic thinking, organisational performance, product marketing, risk management, project management and research into contemporary supply chain management concepts. This was further enhanced by interaction with like-minded students from different industries and business sectors. The tutors were very knowledgeable, responsive and practice-oriented; the learning material was interesting, current and related to the subjects I was most interested in. I have already seen tangible benefits by being able to apply some of the newly acquired skills and theories, in particular relating to supply chain management strategy, in my daily work."
Klaus H. Zillner, Grad. Cert. BS, CMILT
Chief Joint Movement Coordination Centre, MINUSTAH-Haiti (UN)

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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