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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


"I’m delighted by well structured university arrangements of entirely on-line studies, by the contemporary materials used and by cooperativeness of course management and staff. Believe that as a result of my MBA studies I’m currently in good command of modern methods of shipping & logistics administration."
Eduard Esikov
Export Operations ManagerSakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd.

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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