MSc in International Transport & Logistics

General information

Shanghai is a renowned international metropolis and the Port of Shanghai is the world's busiest container port serving as a critical transport hub for the Yangtze River region and the most important gateway for foreign trade in East China. It is a blend of traditional and modern Chinese culture with western culture in China's largest commercial and financial center.

The Master of Science programme in International Transport & Logistics (ITL) is delivered by WMU in Shanghai, China in collaboration with Shanghai Maritime University (SMU). Established in 2005, the programme is designed to extend the professional education that WMU has offered since 1983 to a new clientele in China to meet the maritime industry’s demand for high-level specialized professionals. Maritime transport is an integral part of the globalized logistics chain. Consequently the rise and fall, success or failure, of shipping is no longer a pure shipping matter determined only by a transport-related decision. It is rather an integrated issue, the solution to which depends on a deep understanding of logistics and supply chain management. The ITL programme educates high-level professionals with management, analytical and practical skills to meet the challenges of today’s complex maritime industry.

The intensive, 15-month programme begins in April and consists of 5 taught units plus a research project. The first unit consists of foundation studies that provide the pre-requisites for the later units covering all aspects of logistics and international transport with a special focus on shipping and finance. Staff from SMU teach the first unit and supervise project work, while WMU staff teach the remaining units.

The programme is taught entirely in English and the entry requirements, grading system and quality assurance processes are those in force at WMU Headquarters. Successful students graduate with a WMU Master of Science degree in International Transport & Logistics.

As part of the program, students are required to take part in field study visits; destinations include Port Shanghai, the Shanghai Shipping Exchange, and a number of shipping and logistics companies. Students also attend a number of seminars. The program contains the following taught subjects:

  • International economy and globalization
  • Decision making techniques
  • Strategies and organizational behaviour
  • Accounting
  • Ship management 
  • Maritime economics
  • Legal framework of maritime transport
  • Finance & investment appraisal
  • Port logistics
  • Commercial law and marine insurance
  • Chartering practice and ship brokering
  • Risk management & Derivatives in shipping
  • Integrated supply chain management
  • Investors’ Decisions on Ship Finance
  • Maritime logistics
  • Shipping Market Analysis
  • Marketing and service marketing\
  • Legal issues of ship finance

It ends with students completing an integrative research project paper.

Contact Person: Ms. Daisy Zhang Jie (


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

0031 - Project management", "0311 - Maritime economy", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "0421 - Marine and maritime law


Venue: Shanghai Maritime University
Shanghai, China



The tuition fee for the next intake to the programme will be RMB 89,900 (US$ 14,200 as at April 2016); the fees for the programme are affected by currency fluctuations and may rise each year. In addition, a student needs a minimum of around RMB 70,000 to cover living costs in Shanghai for the whole study period (accommodation, food, books and study material and so on).


WMU admits students to the MSc in Maritime Safety and Environmental Management (MSEM) who are already established in careers in the maritime field. The Admissions Board will consider only those applicants who meet the following general entrance requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (with full transcript) 
The highest grade certificate of competency for unrestricted service as master mariner or chief engineer

All applicants must submit an internationally recognized English language proficiency test. Acceptable tests include IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge examinations, and GCE O-levels in English language. Other tests are accepted by the Admissions Board only under exceptional circumstances; applicants should check with the Registry in such cases.

Candidates are assessed in accordance with the following general guidelines:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

ESSP participation required
IBT: 61 to 79
PBT: 500 to 549  

no ESSP participation required
IBT: 80+
PBT: 550+  
WMU’s TOEFL institution code is 9198.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

bands 5.0 and 5.5 ESSP participation required
band 6.0 or above no ESSP required
Please note: the academic, not the general training, version of the test is required

Cambridge Examinations

First Certificate (FCE) ESSP participation required
Proficiency (CPE) no ESSP required

Students who have a pass in a GCE O-level or the equivalent (WAEC, CXC etc) must enclose a copy of their examination results for evaluation by the Admissions Board.

Sometimes applicants’ test results meet the University’s general guidelines, but show weaknesses in a certain skills area. In such cases, the Admissions Board will evaluate the skill level based on guidelines shown above. Information on TOEFL may be obtained through US embassies/consulates or the US Information Service, and on the IELTS and Cambridge Examinations from the British Council or Australian or UK  embassies/consulates.

Application Procedure:

The application form can be obtained from Room 203 of The School of Transportation, Shanghai Maritime University or downloaded below. The application deadline is 30 days prior to the commencement of the programme.

All applications should be sent together with copies of the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Passport
  • Certificate of BA or BSc
  • Transcript
  • English test TOEFL or IELTS
  • 2 Photos

Applicants should send their completed application form and required documents to:

MSc in ITL, Shanghai Maritime University
No.1336 Dongming Road, Pudong District
Shanghai 200126
People's Republic of China


Successful students graduate with a WMU Master of Science degree in International Transport & Logistics.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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