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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

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"It is my pleasure to join the MBA in shipping and logistics, not only because the programme is designed with such care that we will cover most of the basic denominators and fascinating items in the maritime industry, but because of the quite vast experienced professionals represented by Lloyd's Maritime Academy and Middlesex University."
Euna Rhodes

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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