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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


"This MBA has challenged me academically and personally. I have found the material relevant and applicable. Embarking on this type of distance learning course at Master’s level is developing my ability to manage time, stress and priorities. I am really enjoying the experience."
Peter L. Jackson
Head of DepartmentSeaspan Ship Management Ltd

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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