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    The Masters of Business Administration in Shipping and Logistics is offered by Middlesex University Business School in conjunction with  Lloyd’s Maritime Academy. The programme curriculum has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to further your maritime leadership and management career.

    The programme consists of six intensive modules delivered online over two years. You’ll get the chance to immerse yourself in major topics such as maritime administration, ship finance, risk management, maritime economics and trade, maritime law, formulating business strategy, human resource management, executive leadership, international marketing, brand establishment, logistics and supply chain management, project mastery and innovative practice.

    Online delivery means you can study without having to travel to attend lectures or seminars. Our state of the art learning portal provides access to online written materials, complimented by audio/visual content, group interaction and networking opportunities. Each module uses a variety of learning tools, combining throughout into a varied, interactive and educational programme that offers the perfect synergy between theory and applications.

    The final Business Transformation Project will allow you to analyse a current issue affecting your company or the industry, using real world data and presenting realistic action points. This project is not only integral to the achievement of programme outcomes but will prove invaluable to your company or industry sector.

    To successfully complete the programme you must pass each module and the final Business Transformation Project. Module assessments will incorporate course work, online discussion participation, examinations and individual and group projects.

    How do I get further information?

    You can view full course details for the MBA in Shipping & Logistics online or request more information from email to [email protected].  

    Lloyd’s Maritime Academy is our partner in delivering this course, combining the academic expertise and reputation of the Middlesex University Business School with the industry conference and training expertise of Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, part of Informa Plc.  Lloyd’s Maritime Academy manages course enrolment on behalf of the University. 

    Find out more about the Middlesex University Business School, the Business and Management Department and Lloyd’s Maritime Academy.

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    The design and content of the Masters of Business Administration in Shipping and Logistics provides an integrated balance of management theories with their underlying practical application in the maritime sector. 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 and 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 your advanced understanding of the context in which the maritime world operates. It will lay the foundation for;

    • 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. 

    Business Strategy (30 Credits)
    This module aims to equip you with a detailed understanding of the key developments in, and thinking derived from, the study of strategy. You will;

    • explore models and theories of strategy and their application in the business environment; 
    • investigate 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; 
    • explore fascinating and relevant examples and exercises that illustrate these concepts with the intent of building your strategic thinking capability.

    Executive Leadership (30 Credits)
    Focusing upon the critical issue of people and their performance in the particular context of the maritime industry, this module;

    • illustrates how the processes of contemporary human resource management supports organisational performance;
    • explores the key elements of the HR cycle including resourcing, managing performance and developing and rewarding staff; 
    • identifies areas of overlap between management and leadership and investigates competences and behaviours associated with management and leadership; 
    • develops 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 you with the skills to analyse current marketing strategies and apply appropriate techniques based on insights gained; 
    • develop your ability to identify critical actions that enhance profitability;
    • help you create a strategic marketing and communications strategy and to outline the business case for implementation.

    Finance and Risk Management (20 Credits)
    This highly topical module looks at the critical issues of finance and risk. It is designed to help you develop an enhanced knowledge of sector financing and the management of the major risks in shipping.  In particular, you 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. You will build your project management skills along with developing an understanding of 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. You will;

    • explore the role of research and development in the context 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 management 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 you with the opportunity to further develop the skills you gained through the modules by applying them to a specific organisational issue or problem. You will demonstrate your proficiency in the design of a business enhancement project including the application of appropriate methods of investigation, management of the change process and maintenance of vision, within the constraints of the real-world business environment.

    How do I get further information?

    You can view full course details for the MBA in Shipping & Logistics online or request more information from email to [email protected].  

    Lloyd’s Maritime Academy is our partner in delivering this course, combining the academic expertise and reputation of the Middlesex University Business School with the industry conference and training expertise of Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, part of Informa Plc.  Lloyd’s Maritime Academy manages course enrolment on behalf of the University. 

    Lloyd's and the Lloyd's crest are the registered trademarks of the Society incorporated by the Lloyd's Act 1871 by the name of ‘Lloyd's’

    Entry requirements

    We consider applications to study the MBA in Shipping & Logistics on their individual merits and circumstances. However as a guide the elements we consider when assessing the suitability of an applicant are:

    • A Bachelors Degree or an equivalent qualification normally at second class honours or above - or equivalent international academic qualification.
    • A minimum of two years’ relevant managerial or professional work experience since undergraduate graduation. Managerial experience means having responsibility for people and / or functions and / or relevant technical expertise.
    • At least two years' experience working in the maritime industry or related sector.
    • Candidates without an undergraduate honours degree must demonstrate at least five years' senior managerial experience and may be required to submit a GMAT test result of 550 or higher. A full description of your experience is essential to show clearly your successful career path and the contribution you.

    English language requirements

    Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement for entry to the programme. This can be by English being your mother tongue or you have previously successfully completed an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification at a recognised institution where the medium of tuition and assessment was entirely in English (proof must be provided). Where this is not the case, an unconditional offer cannot be given until you provide satisfactory evidence of your English language ability by:

    • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components). You can take this test in any of the centres in British Council offices overseas. Applications should be made direct to the local office. If no office is available, enquire at the British Consular Offices.
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 575 (no less than 4.5 in test of written English) or TOEFL iBT of 90 (with no less than 19 in each component).
    • Or equivalent qualification.

    How to Apply

    Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, our partner for this course, manages course enrolment on behalf of the University.  Please visit the Lloyd’s Maritime Academy website for application details and to enrol online when applications are being accepted.

    You can also email Lloyd’s Maritime Academy directly for enrolment information.


    The MBA not only benefits you as an individual, thus enhancing career prospects; it also proves invaluable to employers and their development.

    The MBA can significantly advance your career by giving you:

    • The confidence to operate across all areas of your industry
    • Enhanced capabilities to lead, think and act more strategically
    • Awareness of personal strengths and opportunities for improvement
    • The ability to apply knowledge as you learn it in real time and the real world
    • An understanding of the challenges in other sectors, industries and locations
    • A demonstrable ability to meet the challenges of a senior management role
    • The academic skills and intellectual habits to continue personal development after completing the MBA
    • Networking and support opportunities through lifelong alumni membership.

    Employability Service

    Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

    The MBA can benefit your employer by:

    • Significantly enhancing your capabilities across a range of areas such as business management, people management, project management, strategic thinking, innovation and change
    • Improving your ability to operate at a more strategic level and contribute beyond your own functional specialism
    • Providing an opportunity for a cost-effective management development programme
    • Allowing the flexibility to study and participate without absence from the workplace
    • Presenting the opportunity to gain value for your organisation through your Business Transformation Project, providing significant research into a relevant business issue


    Our Students

    Hilmi M. Armoush, CEO, Trans East Shipping & Logistics
    "An excellent opportunity for anyone involved in international trade to not only develop their critical thinking skills and industry best practices but also to enhance knowledge on the industry's main challenges, trends and opportunities." 

    Kostas Schiniotakis, Supplier Co-coordinator, Benelux Overseas Inc.
    "Middlesex University's MBA in Shipping and Logistics was an educational journey that I really enjoyed. Apart from the knowledge I gained, it was a great help at work. It was not only an education in business, it was a development programme which prepared me for success as a strategic manager."

    "With the previous help, criticism and feedback of the tutors, I experienced a unique educational journey that will remain unforgettable." 

    Marco Baccarini, Logistics Department, Mediterranean Shipping Company, SA.
    "I actually changed my job thanks to this MBA!" 

    Ooi Eng Hai, General Manager
    "Taking the MBA in Shipping and Logistics has widened my knowledge, particularly the economics of shipping and the impact on environmental challenges. It has also radically sharpened my leadership, communication and analytical skills to prepare me to be a better manager in the shipping and logistics field. Thank you Middlesex University and Lloyd's Maritime Academy for creating and supporting the programme." 

    Capt. Balajee Jayaraman, Master Mariner
    “On reflection when I look back at myself today, I am surprised at the knowledge gained and skills that I have acquired in my first year studying with Middlesex University and Lloyd’s Maritime Academy. The course content has been very well prepared by experienced professors. The guidance given by module tutors has been very helpful.

    The supportive administration staff, the resource section, the library section are 24/7 in attendance and I think I cannot expect anything better. In addition I have had the opportunity to network across the globe, each an expert in their chosen field. We have had very productive discussions leading to and developing our teamwork capabilities. I look forward to an extension of the wonderful experience this year”. 

    Colin Manchester, Head of Shipping Coverage, Americas, RBS Corporate Banking Division 
    “A very demanding course requiring individual commitment from all participating students.  Such advice should not go unheeded to the prospective student, but of course with commitment comes reward, which means you will have earned your Masters in Business Administration, specialising in Shipping & Logistics.”  

    Pavan V. Abhyankar, Chief Engineer, Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd
    “I know there are a lot of distance learning MBA programmes in the market but how many of them would take a student with a three-email-a-day and 15kb-limit-per-email (when out at sea which is almost 8 months of the year) limit with no attachments allowed, candidate in their stride and not just impart knowledge to him but, more importantly, broaden his horizons and open his world to the non-technical aspect of his field.   I truly thank all who make an enormous effort to keep me up to date in every respect, despite the technical and communications challenges.” 

    Moses Obichie, Project Officer, Nigeria LNG Ltd
    “My work challenges and portfolio keep increasing everyday, and I believe a very intensive MBA like this one could help to position me to better manage my increasing responsibilities. I heard of this MBA about June last year but could not commence immediately because of my tight work schedule. I noticed my schedule got even tighter this year. I had no choice than to start TODAY because TOMORROW may be worse.” 

    Peter L. Jackson, Head of Department, Projects & Technology, Seaspan Ship Management Ltd
    “This MBA has challenged me academically and personally. I have found the material relevant and applicable. Embarking on this type of distance learning course at Master’s level is developing my ability to manage time, stress and priorities. I am really enjoying the experience.” 

    Riaan Lottering, Walvis Bay Stevedoring Co. (Pty) Ltd
    “This MBA is encompassing all that I have learned and will give me decent qualification which is not easily found in the logistics field”. 

    Theodore Grammenos, Naval Officer
    “I decided to enrol to this MBA program in order to acquire all the necessary tools that would allow me to pursue a job of high standards in the maritime industry, after retiring from the navy”. 

    Francisco Miranda, Sonangol Marine Services
    “I am appointed to be part of the management of this new fleet. This why I was looking for such a program so that I could hone my skills and upgrade my knowledge, in term of business and management.” 

    Eng Hai Ooi, Safmarine
    “After taking the course for a year, I find it a convenient way of earning a Master degree from a reputable University, as one can learn at one's own pace.  But that doesn't mean one can take it easy, as the discipline required and the pressure of being a normal student exist. The content of the course is without doubt relevant to the current business global business environment and being the 1st batch for the course we are actively contributing to the school to improve the teaching means and the course content.” 

    Mansoor A Mohamed, Ruman Shipcontractors Ltd.
    “The course changed my ways of approaching issues.  I am now more focused and business oriented.” 

    Fees for UK/EU and other international students - £14,000 / US $22,400


    Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, our partner for this course, manages course enrolment and student payment on behalf of the University.  Please visit the Lloyd’s Maritime Academy website for application and fee details, and to enrol online when applications are being accepted. 

    You can also email Lloyd's directly for enrolment information: [email protected]

    Why would an employer sponsor an MBA? 

    Our MBA courses prepare capable managers and executives for leadership roles within their organisations.  Our MBA equips individuals with a broad range of management skills, and in doing so, companies will gain an innovative leader able to inform and support organisational strategy.

    If you are thinking about approaching your company to enquire about sponsorship, or if you are thinking about sponsoring an individual on the programme, it may be helpful to consider the following advantages of studying the Shipping and Logistics MBA by distance learning: 

    • Applicability: the programme has been designed for the oil and gas industry. Employers and participants benefit immediately from the additional skills and knowledge gained.
    • Integration: employers do not lose valuable members of staff to full-time study for one or two years and the employees avoid the problem that can arise with re-integration into the organisation.
    • Flexibility: participants can organise their study time according to personal circumstances, without loss of income or disruption to their careers. 

    Sponsoring an employee will add high value to the organisation's human resource management strategy and assist employee relations. Skilled executives offer strategic value to companies looking for growth opportunities