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Study this 100% distance learning MBA in Shipping and Logistics

MBA Programme Structure

The design and content of the Master 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

All core modules to be studied plus one choice of Project option

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 Environment 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 (20 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 (20 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 (20 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.


Project Option 1
Business Transformation Project: (60 Credits Total)
Undertake one of the elective modules below plus the Research Methods module and the Business Transformation Project

Information Management: Elective module (20 Credits)
Knowledge and understanding of information technologies and systems used in organisations to manage information and decision making, are critical to work place success. This module provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively navigate the information technology and systems minefield

Management Perspectives: Elective module (20 Credits)
One of the central features of modern management is that theories and practices continue to evolve and this creates new understandings of the management task. This module deals primarily with values and the contextual subjectivity of management practices. Issues such as ethics, social responsibility, managing with diversity, and managing across cultures are therefore the prime areas of the module. This module is designed to provide students with the critical tools and mindset to analyse and identify responses to such challenges, regardless of their nature or of the imperatives and fashions that drive them.

Research Methods: Compulsory Module (10 Credits)
This module provides students with a means of further developing their skills in research. It presents the key elements and issues of research design, of processes of collecting evidence and analysing this, and of drawing conclusions. The module also introduces some of the key controversies of management research, so that the participant not only comes to understand the processes and problems of producing research outcomes, but also becomes a more sophisticated consumer of these in their various forms of dissemination.

Business Transformation Project: Compulsory Module (30 Credits)
A challenging high level strategic dissertation of 10,000 words, with your sponsor company or with a focus of your choice if you are self funding, is one of the most exciting parts of the course for many students as you apply your learning to your particular interests. The Project is all about the transition from theory to real-life execution.

The project will incorporate many of the management lessons learnt during the course with key real life challenges and lay a thorough foundation for your future career progression. Although final submission of the Project is at the end of the course, throughout your study of each module you will undertake preparatory work to ensure that the Project is integrated into your learning.

Project Option 2
Applied Project:
Compulsory Module (60 Credits)
This 15,000 word MBA project provides the student with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills gained on the MBA at an advanced level.

This module provides students with the means of further developing and integrating the skills and knowledge acquired on the MBA through application to a specific organisational issue or problem. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in relation to scoping the issue(s)/problems, consideration of appropriate literature, collection and analysis of data, assessing the financial implications, including any cost/benefit analysis for justifying specific recommendations and consideration of implementation issues.

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 has challenged me academically and personally. I have found the material relevant and applicable. Embarking on this type of distance learning course at Master’s level is developing my ability to manage time, stress and priorities. I am really enjoying the experience."
Peter L. Jackson
Head of DepartmentSeaspan Ship Management Ltd

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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

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