Taught course

International Shipping and Finance

University of Reading · ICMA Centre

Entry requirements

Minimum upper second class bachelors degree from a UK university, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised university. The degree does not require any previous knowledge or work experience that is shipping related. Any degree discipline – no quantitative requirement.

Months of entry


Course content


This unique programme aims to address the needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capitalintensive shipping industry by bridging the gap between academic theory and business practice.

It is designed to provide a distinctive educational experience that combines research led, technically advanced teaching by world renowned academic faculty and senior industry practitioners. The delivery of this programme is based on a practice-centred, hands-on approach. The shipping industry itself is highly involved in shaping its structure and contributing to its delivery as well as the career development of its participants. The ultimate objective is to ensure that graduates are equipped with the knowledge, technical expertise and skills required by all major employers in the sector.

You will benefit from distinguished guest speakers, hands-on sessions, bespoke simulations, specialised workshops and company visits as well as a comprehensive careers development programme and work placement opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to spend one month at ALBA Graduate Business School in Greece, a country with a long-standing tradition in shipping and the largest merchant fleet in the world.

During your time in Athens you will attend specialised shipping courses and participate in other activities such as visits to leading ship-owning companies, vessels and ports, accompanied by information sessions from shipping practitioners.

Information for international students

Finance programmes will accept students with IELTS 7.0 and will also accept IELTS 6.5 providing the student has completed the relevant English course with us.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


We offer a number of scholarships for EU/UK and international applicants with excellent academic performance as well as for international applicants with work experience, covering from £5,000 to 60% of the cost of the programme.

Further information including application criteria and deadlines can be found at: Postgraduate Scholarships & Prizes

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 or 12 months months

Course contact details

ICMA Centre Admissions Centre
+44 (0) 118 378 8239