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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


"I believe a very intensive MBA like this one could help to position me to better manage my increasing responsibilities."
Moses Obichie
Nigeria LNG Ltd

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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