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Maritime Operations and Management  MSc


This course 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.

Watch this short video of Professor John Carlton as he introduces the MSc:

Scholarships and bursaries

Last year, over 80% of UK/EU postgraduate students received one of our scholarships, bursaries or prizes.

The School offers generous scholarships for this course:

Entry Requirements:


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £12,000 (2014 fees)
  • Part-time EU: £6,000 (per year) (2014 fees)
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 (2014 fees)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 (per year) (2014 fees)

Start Date:

22nd September 2014

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have one of the following:

  • A recognised university degree (normally a 2:2 minimum) in an appropriate discipline  
  • A Certificate of Competence as Master or Chief Engineer, Class 1 Master Mariner, Class 1 Engineer
  • A Higher National Diploma in an appropriate discipline plus relevant professional qualifications and experience  
  • Relevant experience and other qualifications in the marine and offshore industry which indicate the applicant has achieved a reasonable level of responsibility. The selection process by this route 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 at City, 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 a part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

The core academic content supported by expert speakers from industry, will help reinforce your skills and experience in order to secure a more senior position in related sectors of the maritime industries.

The typical student will be of graduate calibre and applications from mature students with industry experience are encouraged. The course makes use of prestigious visiting speakers and takes advantage of the importance of London as an international maritime hub.
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.

For full time students the course is delivered on an intensive one year basis of study and project work, while for part time students it can be taken on a flexible, modular basis comprising intensive periods of attendance which is supported by workbased and distance learning.

Course Structure

Modules include:  

Core modules:

  • Maritime law and insurance 
  • Maritime technology  
  • Maritime operations  
  • Maritime management  
  • Maritime economics and finance 
  • Environmental science and 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 2014 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 2014 programme specification


  • Full-time EU: £12,000 (2014 fees)
  • Part-time EU: £6,000 (per year) (2014 fees)
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 (2014 fees)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 (per year) (2014 fees)


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:

Last year, over 80% of UK/EU postgraduate students received one of our scholarships, bursaries or prizes.

Career Prospects

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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