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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


"If you know of any MBA programmes with teaching and administrative staff so co-operative and so patient in today’s fast moving world I would like to know of them. I really don’t think there are any others, who would, should I say take on this challenge of educating a technologically disadvantaged (with regards to on line access at sea) student in their programme."
Pavan V. Abhyankar
Chief Engineer (Seagoing)Dynacom Tankers Mgmt Ltd

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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