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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


"Taking the MBA in Shipping and Logistics course has widened my knowledge particularly the economics of shipping and the impact on environmental challenges. It has also radically sharpened my leadership, communication and analytical skills to prepare me to be a better manager in Shipping and Logistics field. Thank you Middlesex University and Lloyd’s Maritime Academy for creating and supporting the programme."
Ooi Eng Hai
COOBest Chain Global Shipping

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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