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Shipping and Logistics MBA

Learn about the course below
September 2021
2 years part-time
Part-time via online distance learning
£16,500 (UK)*
£16,500 (EU/INT)*
Course leader
Stephane Bignoux

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.

Why study the MBA Shipping and Logistics at Middlesex University?

The programme consists of eight intensive core 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.

As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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Further information

You can view full course details for the MBA in Shipping & Logistics online or request more information by emailing LMA Admin.

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.

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What will you study on the MBA Shipping and Logistics?

The design and content of this MBA 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.

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.

  • Modules

    • Shipping Business Environment and International Trade (20 Credits) - Compulsory

      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 (20 Credits) - Compulsory

      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 (20 Credits) - Compulsory

      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) - Compulsory

      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) - Compulsory

      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 (20 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.
    • Research Methods (10 Credits) - Optional

      This module will provide you with a means of further developing your skills in research and introduces some of the key controversies of management research. You will be presented with the key elements and issues of research design, of processes of collecting evidence and analysing this, and of drawing conclusions. You will begin to understand the processes and problems of producing research outcomes. The key output of this module will be producing the project proposal, as a requirement for commencing the final project.

    • Information Management (20 Credits) - Optional*

      Through this module you will gain a thorough understanding of the information technology and systems used in organisations to manage information and decision making. It will allow you to explore the challenges posed by the emerging issues of big data and provide an overview of the increasing demands on information storage and protection.

    • Management Perspectives (20 Credits) - Optional*

      Through this module you will gain an understanding in the value and contextual subjectivity of management practise in an energy context and explore the role of ethics and social responsibility in current management guidance. This module will offer you an insight into management across cultures and leading a diverse workplace. You will also gain an appreciation of the critical tools needed to analyse and identify responses to the challenges of current management.

    • Business Transformation Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides students with a means of developing further and integrating the skills and knowledge gained on the MBA by application to a substantial applied project. The aim is for students to develop a project in relation to a specific organizational issue or problem. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in relation to the scope of the relevant issue(s) identified, consider relevant literature relating to the project, collect and apply data, consider the financial implications including any cost/benefit analysis in relation to justifying specific recommendations as well as consider any other relevant implementation issues.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

Modules marked with * are offered subject to student demand

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU/International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the MBA Shipping and Logistics support your career?

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.

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

Dr Stephane Bignoux
Senior Lecturer in Management

Dr Stephane is responsible for teaching and administering three strategy modules taught nationally and internationally. He teaches Financial and Strategic Management at Middlesex University and is currently the Module Leader for the strategy module within the MBA Shipping & Logistics as well as the Programme Leader.

Dr Ioannis Bournakis
Senior Lecturer in Economics

Dr Bournakis' research interests lie within a broad area of Applied Economics, with particular reference to International Trade, Productivity Convergence and Industrial Organisation. He has also taught Maritime Economics in the MBA in Shipping and Logistics, he is currently the Programme Leader for the Distance Learning MBA in Middlesex University Business School

  • 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

    Project Officer, Nigeria LNG 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

  • Eng Hai Ooi


    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.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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