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Shipping and Logistics MBA

Delivered in partnership with Lloyd's Maritime Academy, this specialist MBA offers flexible learning options and will help boost your career options in the maritime industry
September 2024
2 years part-time
Part-time via online distance learning
£17,700 (UK)*
£20,900 (INT)*
Course leader
Efthimios Poulis

With this course, 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, international marketing, logistics and supply chain management, project mastery, and many more.

Why choose an MBA in Shipping and Logistics at Middlesex?

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

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.

What you will gain

As a student, pursuing an MBA can bring about numerous benefits that can significantly advance your career. Firstly, it can give you the confidence to operate across all areas of your industry. Additionally, it can enhance your capabilities to lead, think and act more strategically. You will also gain awareness of your personal strengths and opportunities for improvement, and the ability to apply knowledge as you learn it in real-time and in the real world.

Pursuing an MBA can also provide you with an understanding of the challenges in other sectors, industries, and locations, and a demonstrable ability to meet the challenges of a senior management role. Furthermore, you will acquire academic skills and intellectual habits to continue personal development after completing the MBA, and networking and support opportunities through lifelong alumni membership.

What your employer will gain

Pursuing an MBA can also benefit your employer in numerous ways. Firstly, it can significantly enhance your capabilities across a range of areas such as business management, people management, project management, strategic thinking, innovation, and change. Additionally, it can improve your ability to operate at a more strategic level and contribute beyond your own functional specialism.

Pursuing an MBA can also provide an opportunity for a cost-effective management development program, allowing the flexibility to study and participate without being absent from the workplace. Finally, it presents the opportunity to gain value for your organisation through your Business Transformation Project, providing significant research into a relevant business issue.

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 in 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.


This course has been recently accredited by the Nautical Institute. The Nautical Institute is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • Excellent reputation
    Top 2 university in the UK (Times Higher Education Young Universities 2022)
  • Postgraduate success
    95% of our postgraduate students go on to work or further study – Graduate Outcomes 2022
  • We are an international university
    We're ranked 5th in the UK and 14th globally as “most international university” – Times Higher Education World University Ranking, 2023.

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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 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 course. There are some compulsory short exercises during this period to allow introductions to the subject, the faculty and fellow peers.

The course 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.

How we'll teach you

On this course, all teaching and learning is online. You will meet, work and study with other students and your tutors virtually so you can learn at your own pace, in your own time.

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.

Each module uses a variety of learning tools, combining throughout into a varied and interactive course that offers the perfect synergy between theory and application.

Where will I study?

For distance learning courses, you can study from anywhere with an internet connection.

Teaching vs independent study

Outside of teaching hours, you’ll learn independently through reading articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework and presentations.

Academic support

Our excellent teaching and support teams will help you develop your skills from research and practical skills to critical thinking.

Coursework, exams and assessments

We'll test your understanding and progress with informal and formal tests.

The informal tests usually take place at least once per module, from which you’ll receive feedback from your tutor. The grades from these tests don’t count towards your final marks.

There are formal assessments for each module, usually at the end, which will count towards your module and your final marks.

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

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 course outcomes but will prove invaluable to your company or industry sector.


To help you achieve the best results, we will provide regular feedback.


The Sheppard Library

Our library is open 24 hours a day during the term and includes:

  • Over 1,000 study areas with rooms for group study and over 600 computer spaces
  • 350,000 books and e-books and more than 24,000 online journals
  • Free laptop loans, Wi-Fi and printing.

Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above. Visit the Middlesex Unitemps page.

Financial support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

How can the MBA in 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.

Our postgraduate courses have been recognised for their ability to support your career.

Career paths

Our graduates usually occupy top-management and senior-management level positions in the maritime and logistics industries around the world.


Our employability service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.

Our dedicated lifetime career support, like our business start-up support programme and funding for entrepreneurs, has been recognized with the following awards:

  • The top 20 UK universities for business leaders and entrepreneurs – Business Money, 2023
  • A top 10 university for producing CEOs – Novuana, 2023.

Global network

Our London location helps us connect with over 1,000 industry partners to develop our students’ future employment prospects.

And we have unique work and study opportunities at our campuses in Dubai and Mauritius.

At Middlesex, you’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network.  After you graduate, we'll support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.

  1. UK entry
  2. International entry
  3. How to apply

The fees below are for the 2024/25 academic year:

UK students1

Part-time students: £17,700

International students2

Part-time students: £20,900

Additional costs

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free access to the resources, learning materials and software you need to succeed on your course
  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

Financial support

We offer lots of support to help you with fees and living costs. Check out our guide to student life on a budget and find out more about postgraduate funding.

Postgraduate scholarships

You may be eligible for one of our scholarships including:

  • The Alumni Postgraduate Award – for all UK/EU Middlesex alumni a 20% fee reduction
  • The Commonwealth Scholarship – full course fees, airfares and a living allowance
  • The Chevening Scholarship – full course fees
  • The European Academic Awards – £1000 to £7000 for students showing academic excellence
  • Regional or International Merit Award –up to £2,000 towards course fees

For international students, we also have a limited number of other awards specific to certain regions, and work in partnership with funding providers in your country to help support you financially with your study.

Find out more about our postgraduate scholarships.

Help from your employer

Your employer can contribute towards the cost of your postgraduate study as part of their staff development programme.

Fees disclaimers

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase postgraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

Dr Efthimios Poulis
Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management

Dr Efthimios Poulis is Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management and the Programme co-Leader for the MBA in Shipping and Logistics. He has published his research in top academic journals, such as the Academy of Management Review, and presented in international conferences. He has taught Strategy and Management-related modules for several Universities in the UK, Greece, Ireland and Russia.

His professional experience includes working for corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and shipping multinationals in Greece and The Philippines. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Epsilon Hellas, a shipping multinational specialising in Crew Management and Training services.

Dr Konstantinos Poulis
Senior Lecturer

Dr Poulis is a Senior Lecturer in the Business School and the former Director of our MBA in Shipping & Logistics. He is also the General Manager of Epsilon Hellas, a leading multinational firm that is active in managing the human resource side of the shipping sector. He currently serves as Director at the Executive Committee of the International Maritime Employers' Council (IMEC), the world's only international organization dedicated to maritime industrial relations. In the past, he has also served as the Chairman of IMEC's Recruitment & Training Committee, in which he still sits as an active member.

He has held full-time or visiting posts at Manchester Business School, Queen Mary, University of London, the University of Essex, the National University of Ireland, and ESCP Europe teaching and supervising across Doctoral, MBA, MSc and UG levels. He has also acted as evaluator or validator in several universities, as Track Chair in the European Academy of Management and the British Academy of Management, as an Editorial Board Member and as Director of Postgraduate Programmes at the University of Essex.

Dr Jyoti Navare
Reader in Finance and Economics

Jyoti is Associate Professor at Middlesex University Business School. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Risk Management) from Southampton University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Governance Institute.

She has a number of years of experience as an International Risk Manager and Underwriter based in London and Sweden and working closely with Financial Services organisations and governments internationally.

She has also been consultant to a number of financial services and manufacturing companies internationally ( UK, Middle East and Israel, Africa, Latin America , Caribbean, Europe and India). She had been trainer/consultant on executive leadership and management programmes in the UK, Europe and internationally.

Dr Nathalie Van Meurs
Senior Lecturer Business and Management

Dr Van Meurs has a BA (Hons) Applied Psychology University of Susse, a PGCert HE Middlesex University and a D.Phil Social Psychology University of Sussex.

The core focus of her research is on the (predictive validity of) cultural values in relation to identity. She enjoys exploring systemic thinking and 'wicked problems', transdisciplinarity, Queer Ecology and Eco Psychology.

Publications covered culture and journalism, organisational justice perception, Cultural Intelligence, power relations in aid & development, negotiations and the impact of education & training.

Dr Qiuping Li
Senior Lecturer

Dr John Astbury
Adjunct Lecturer

  • 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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