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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


"An excellent opportunity for anyone involved in international trade to not only develop their critical thinking skills and industry best practices but also to enhance knowledge on industry's main challenges, trends and opportunities."
Hilmi M. Armoush
CEOTrans East Shipping & Logistics

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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