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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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"This MBA is encompassing all that I have learned and will give me decent qualification which is not easily found in the logistics field."
Riaan Lottering
Walvis Bay Stevedoring Co. (Pty) Ltd

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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