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Maritime Operations and Management  MSc


MSc Maritime Operations and Management is designed for existing professionals serving both at sea and onshore, and those looking for a career within the maritime and sea transport industries. If you are within the industry, you are likely to already have a responsible sea-going or middle-management position. Alternatively if you are a new entrant, then you are likely to have attained a first degree in a related technical or management subject.

The core academic content of the course introduces a wide range of concepts and material and reinforces skills and experience, preparing students for employment in senior positions in the maritime sector. This course makes use of prestigious visiting speakers and takes advantage of the importance of London as an international maritime hub, through visits to outside marine-related organisations where possible.

Scholarships and bursaries

The School offers generous scholarships for this course:
The course is supported by the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and recognised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology as satisfying the academic requirements to become a Chartered Marine Technologist (C.Mar.Tech).

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in an appropriate discipline, or a Certificate of Competence as Master or Chief Engineer: Class 1 Master Mariner or Class 1 Engineer and experience in one of these roles.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £12,000
  • Part-time EU: £6,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year

Start Date:

Autumn 2015

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in an appropriate discipline
  • or a Certificate of Competence as Master or Chief Engineer: Class 1 Master Mariner or Class 1 Engineer and experience in one of these roles. 
  • Industry experience in positions of responsibility is considered.
  • The selection process may include an interview.

Other Suitable Qualifications

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

Additionally, the University works in partnership with KIC London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Foundation and Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students including regular one-to-one tuition. Progression to the University is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London course at the required level.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:  
  • IELTS: 6.5  

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English


Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake this course part-time.

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

The core elements of the course focus on maritime operations, management, law and technology and the related business environment. There is also an emphasis on the fields of port security and risk management, marine environmental and offshore studies, marketing and selected aspects of conceptual ship design. Students develop skills suitable for taking leadership and management responsibility in a wide range of maritime activities.

Students will gain a good understanding of maritime operations, management, marine law, accountancy and technology and the related business environment in which they work. The course will also provide technical knowledge of selected aspects of ship design and operation and/or related maritime land-based or offshore structures, sub-sea engineering/mining, environment, marketing, security, risk management and port operations. Students will develop skills to equip them for taking leadership and management responsibility in a wide range of maritime activities.

This course is delivered on either a full-time or a flexible, modular basis comprising intensive periods of attendance supported by work-based distance learning.

Course Structure

Modules include:  

Core modules:

  • Maritime economics and finance
  • Maritime law
  • Maritime operations  
  • Maritime management  
  • Maritime technology
  • Maritime environmental issues.

Elective modules:

  • Marketing of marine services  
  • Strategic planning for ports & shipping business  
  • Security studies, accident investigation & crisis management  
  • Ship & marine equipment design
  • Risk management
  • Offshore technology and operations

Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Postgraduate  Diploma. Alternatively, if in addition, a project followed by a dissertation is undertaken by a student, this will lead to the award of a Masters degree. 

Read the full programme specification

Teaching and Assessment


The course is taught by staff from the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences together with experts from industry. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and seminars, together with a number of guest lectures given by distinguished people from the marine industry. Throughout the programme, teaching and learning strategies are designed to encourage independent self study and teamwork, creativity and critical thinking.


The compulsory modules assessment is based on marks obtained throughout the year for coursework and end-of-year examinations. In the case of elective modules, these are assessed through substantial individually designed coursework. In both the elective and compulsory modules presentation skills also feature.

Read the full programme specification


  • Full-time EU: £12,000
  • Part-time EU: £6,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships and bursaries

The School offers a range of generous scholarships and bursaries to applicants for this course:

Career Prospects

Graduates of this course have wide-ranging employment opportunities within the marine sector. These include commercial and technical roles within the worldwide marine industry.

Former students have taken up positions in the fields of:

  • Ship and insurance broking
  • Offshore operations
  • Port and terminal management
  • Shipping finance
  • Surveying
  • Ship superintendency
  • Safety management
  • Technical and commercial management

Several former students have now become members of the boards of shipping organisations and serve in various commercial and technical capacities.

Views from the Industry

This course has been developed in partnership with The Honourable Company of Master Mariners. This Livery Company was founded in 1926, and is the oldest of the new Companies, and seeks to encourage and maintain a high and honourable standard of ability and professional conduct in the officers of the Merchant Navy and within the maritime industry generally.

In addition, to ensure that the course meets the high standards desired by the maritime industries a steering group, comprising senior members within the industry, overviews the course and its content.

Working with the Armed Forces

This course is compatible with The MoD's Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS) - an initiative to promote lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces.

If you are/have been a member of the Armed Forces, you could be entitled to financial support with this course.

Apply for an MSc in Maritime Operations and Management

Apply online for an MSc (full-time, part-time)

We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post as soon as possible after submitting your online application to:

Postgraduate Courses Offices
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