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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


"The MBA in Shipping & Logistics gives a good mix of flexibility and challenges."
Chukwunonso Victor Ezenwa
Domestic LPG Coordinator/Business DevelopmentNigeria LNG Ltd

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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