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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 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 programme has not only updated my knowledge, skills and abilities expected of me as a Lecturer in a maritime training institution, it has equally prepared me for tomorrow’s leadership challenges in the shipping and logistics sector of the maritime industry. This programme is therefore highly recommended for people who desire to create a niche for themselves and their respective organizations in today’s competitive and dynamic business world."
Friday Michael Ufia
LecturerMaritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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