Taught course

Shipping Operations

Southampton Solent University · School of Media Arts and Technology

Entry requirements

A recognised Honours degree in Maritime Studies, Shipping, Business, Law or other appropriate discipline (normally at 2.2 or higher) plus relevant work experience in the maritime industry. A Certificate of Competence as Master or Chief Engineer, Class 1 Master Mariner, Class 1 Engineer, Standards of Training Certificates and Watchkeeping Management Level Qualifications, or equivalent, and work experience in the maritime industry to a reasonable level of responsibility, such as 1st or 2nd Officer, 2nd or 3rd Engineer, or equivalent. HND or Foundation Degree in an appropriate discipline plus relevant professional qualifications and experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The course aims to cater for the needs of experienced ship-board officers who want to make the transition to shore-side management; shore-based employees who want to extend their skills and move up the career ladder; maritime professionals looking to expand their employment horizons by gaining a higher education award; and shipping industry employers who wish to retain and refresh experienced staff in order to enhance the management efficiency of their companies.

All course content is geared towards the maritime and shipping industries. Units are developed and delivered by staff who have recognised subject expertise and research interests in human factors in shipping, maritime safety and maritime education and training, and extensive experience of working in and with the maritime industries.

This course develops the high-level specialist and management competencies required in positions such as designated person ashore, fleet training manager, competence assurance manager, ship manager and marine superintendent.

Fees and funding

EU residents: £3485
Overseas: £8895

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

Nick Richards
+44 (0)1489 556241