MSc in Shipping Operations & Management Overview

The MSc in Shipping Operations & Management is unique, innovative, and global by design, world-class in quality and affordable in cost. The program is unique in the region and possibly globally in being designed to cater to the needs of participants and employers through purely shipping-related courses.

Programme’s purpose and objectives:

The MSc in Shipping Operations & Management aims to equip students and shipping professionals with the knowledge, management skills and competencies required to pursue or enhance a successful career in shipping operations, and maritime management including maritime logistics.

The objectives of the course include:

  • To develop comprehensive knowledge in shipping using interdisciplinary insights.
  • To provide a global understanding of shipping and the maritime industry and to enable participants to apply the advanced knowledge gained to shipping operations and ship management
  • To develop the expertise and professional outlook required to foster a successful career in international shipping and maritime logistics.

The educational purpose and objectives of the program are related to the program’s key competitive advantages that differentiate it from other postgraduate shipping-related courses. The first advantage is that the program is focused solely on providing in-depth shipping-related education as reflected in the courses and their content. Unlike other programs that tend to mix shipping related courses with general business, finance or other subjects that are part of other programs in order to economize on resources, this program provides focused shipping education as required by the market.

The program also provides opportunities for candidates to develop deep understanding of issues at the cutting edge of professional practice particularly with focused courses on shipping data analytics, crew management and leadership, ship operations management and environmental topics in the shipping industry. Such innovative shipping-specific courses clearly differentiate the program from the competition.

Programme Learning Outcomes

By studying and graduating from the MSc Shipping Operations & Management you will have acquire an in-depth and holistic understanding as well as analytical skills and decision-making capability in:

  • Maritime and shipping economics by analysing the demand and supply in international trade and shipping, ship economics, and the economics of specialized shipping markets.

  • Human resource practices in crew management and in particular leadership and team building, training, retention, safety and quality standards and performance management of the seafarers.

  • Ship Operations performance and optimization through models & techniques for effective ship operations management and data analytics for improving shipping operation efficiencies

  • Charter markets, chartering practice and charter party analysis in dry cargo and tanker shipping, and how to analyse the terms & conditions, responsibilities & accountabilities in charter party contracts.

  • The legal issues arising from the transportation of goods by sea, and the principles governing contracts of the carriage of goods by sea and maritime insurance.

  • Port economics and logistics pertaining to the port development, operation, efficiency and governance, as well as logistics and the integration of ports and terminals in global supply chains.

  • Financing of shipping operations and the management of risk in the shipping industry, including the financial performance of shipping firms and shipping-risk management tools, such as shipping derivatives

  • Environmental protection and safety in the shipping industry and in particular, how management uses key performance indicators to monitor safety and environmental protection

Upon graduation you will be able: 

  • Become up to date with the latest trends and issues in the shipping industry and be able to evaluate their impact on it.

  • Acquire a holistic view of international shipping, integrating commercial, legal technological, financial and dimensions of shipping operations and management.

  • Understand the complex shipping rules and regulations as well as the sources of risk that modern shipping companies face and identify the range of company strategies available in the context of industry constraints.

  • To employ sound principles of management, strategic planning, financial management, leadership and risk management in shipping and the maritime industries.

  • To utilize critical thinking and abstract reasoning skills in decision making in the management of ships, ports and maritime logistics.

  • To engage in critical inquiry and research in the fields of maritime economics, finance, shipping operations, and maritime management.