MSc Maritime Policy and Shipping Management

General information

The MSc in Maritime Policy and Shipping Management programme is practically-oriented and it draws heavily on the research and consultancy of the staff, reflecting our leading international position in the field of maritime affairs.

The programme has been developed largely for students who wish to enhance their careers in international management and policy-making in a maritime context, either in practice or in academia. In the taught stage, you will study a combination of core and optional modules covering shipping operations, management, and policy formulation. Opportunities to consider shipping within wider logistics systems are also provided.

The dissertation stage allows you to further develop an area of special interest in the maritime field, enabling you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have gained during the taught modules.

The programme equips you to go into the private or public sectors including the business environment, government or academia.

Course Structure
The course consists of one compulsory module in International Shipping Policy, plus 3 optional courses from:

  • Maritime Policy and Shipping Management Dissertation 
  • Maritime Economics 
  • Maritime Policy 
  • Research Skills and Methods 

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.


To offer knowledge and expertise for a career as a manager in areas such as international shipping, ports and harbours, or sea trade, in either the private sector or for government agencies.

Contact Person: Postgraduate Admissions Office (Cardiff Business School) ( )


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0311 - Maritime economy", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0421 - Marine and maritime law


Venue: Cardiff University
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Cardiff Business School
Aberconway Building, Colum Drive,
Cardiff CF10 3EU



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Degree Requirements 
The course is suitable for graduates with an upper second class Honours degree in either Maritime Studies, Transport, Environmental Studies, Business Administration, Business Studies, Economics, Geography, Engineering or related areas.

Applications will be considered from recent graduates with an Honours degree from an approved university or those with a similar level of qualification gained by other methods. Non-graduates with approved professional qualifications or work experience may also be considered under certain circumstances.

Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass either IELTS exams, obtaining a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each category.

Application Procedure:

Please go to the Online Application Service and select the course of your choice: Marine Policy. Along with your application you will need to provide:

  • Exam results (copies of original certificates or transcripts and English translations, if necessary, to prove you have the qualifications listed on your application form);
  • Two references (usually at least one from a recent lecturer or professor) – download and fill out the Referee report form;
  • Personal statement;
  • English Language certificates (for applicants whose first language is not English).

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online, but you can also apply by post if necessary. 

Grant Opportunities:

This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding. You can also visit the University's postgraduate funding pages to see what is available. 


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science
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