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Master in Shipping Operations

Is it time to take your maritime career to the next level? This two year distance learning programme is ideally suited to maritime professionals who are hoping to move into shore-based management positions. You’ll learn specialist skills in ship safety management and shipping operations, solving complex problems during challenging workplace assignments. As a graduate, you will be well suited to a diverse range of shipping management, port operations and people management roles.

Who is it for




This MSc is directly aimed at professionals working in maritime roles. It provides professional development for a variety of management careers in the sector.

As a graduate of this course, you’ll possess a diverse range of skills. This can open up a range of opportunities in shipping management, port operations and even teaching.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduates have pursued careers in a raft of different roles, including:

  • Marine superintendent
  • Designated person ashore
  • Fleet manager
  • Port operations manager
  • Crewing manager
  • Ship manager
  • Maritime administration manager
  • Competence assurance manager
  • Maritime lecturer
  • Shore-based ship operations manager
  • Marine surveyor.

This postgraduate programme is delivered online using Solent University’s virtual learning environment, a web based platform that is accessible from anywhere in the world.

Students learn as part of an online community of tutors, fellow students and student support services - just as they would if they went to the University itself. Each student has their own dedicated academic tutor and study partner, and studying online is made interesting, interactive, and engaging by forums, wikis, reflective journals and video presentations. Shipping industry experts are involved in the mentoring of work-based projects, further enhancing the value of student learning.

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) accredits this course, enabling students to register for Chartered Marine Technologist status after graduation.

Links with industry

Our teaching staff keep up-to-date with the latest industry practices and developments through their research and representation at the IMO (International Maritime Organization) and other shipping bodies.

Industry experts also contribute to the programme and mentor students on work-based projects, helping to develop professional skills relevant to their work.

Transferable skills

You’ll develop a range of transferable skills, encompassing analysis, problem solving, influencing, decision-making, communication, presentation, report writing, time management, debating, and career management.

Core modules

  • International Maritime Context
  • Postgraduate and Self-managed Study
  • Business Research Skills
  • Professional Skills and Practice Portfolio
  • Project

Elective Modules

  • Risk and Safety Management
  • Legal Process
  • Safety Culture
  • Accident Investigation and Organisational Learning

Warsash Maritime Academy has provided first class education, training, consultancy and research services to the international shipping, commercial yacht, and offshore oil and gas industries for nearly 70 years.

As part of Southampton Solent University’s School of Maritime Science and Engineering, the Academy benefits from a strong organisational and quality assurance infrastructure to maintain exceptional standards of service delivery.

We are the world’s premier maritime education and training provider and part of a prestigious innovation hub, which includes other faculties and services within Solent University and our reputable training and business services partners.
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Mode100% Online
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding InstitutionSouthampton Solent University
  • Title of AwardMaster of Science in Shipping Operations
  • Entry RequirementsAt least a second class honours degree in maritime studies, shipping, business or law, or maritime professional qualifications, relevant professional experience and competency in the language of asses
  • FeesGBP 7210
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