MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance

General information

The course is offered through the Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance. The MSc courses offered by the Centre reflect the Cass Business School philosophy: advanced, technically challenging programmes that incorporate applied, real-world scenarios.

The City of London is the centre of the global finance, maritime, insurance and commodity trading industries.
So, Cass is perfectly placed to help you maximise the many opportunities in these areas. And each of this Masters degree will give you the skills necessary to operate at the decision-making levels of activities such as shipping, transport, logistics, supply chain management and related sectors and industries.

Students make presentations to lecturers, visitors from the City and other members of the class. This provides you with invaluable practice in using, applying and expressing complex subject matter clearly and concisely to a business audience. Group work, on the preparation of case studies and a business plan, consolidates the acquired knowledge and also builds the 'soft' skills essential to any future career. From a total of over 1,200 graduates to date, all have taken their place in the international business community.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete ten core courses along with: five electives or one elective and a Business Research Project (8.000 words). These Masters courses all start with two compulsory induction weeks, focused mainly on:

  • An introduction to the Cass Careers offering with a focus on key skills and attributes that employers are looking for.  The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.
  • A refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Core Modules

  • International Economics
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Finance
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Shipping Economics
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Markets
  • International Commodity Trade
  • Shipping Investment and Finance
Contact Person: Specialist Masters Programme (Admissions Office) (


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

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


Venue: City University London
London, United Kingdom

Cass Business School
106 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8TZ



£25.000, fees for 2017 are TBC

Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)

First installment: Half fees less deposit (to be paid at registration)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)


Degree Requirements
A UK 2.1 or above or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Some level of previous study in finance or quantitative methods is preferred. No work experience is required for this course, but please provide details of any relevant experience that might enhance your profile.

Language Requirements 

  • If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the test
  • If you have studied a 2+2 degree with just two years in the UK you will be required to provide IELTS results and possibly to resit the tests to meet the requirements. The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing.

Note! Due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs, TOEFLis no longer accepted as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Application Procedure:

The University accepts only online applications. To apply, please complete the online application form for the course. Please allow four to six weeks for your application to be processed. Documents required for decision-making:

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Current module list if still studying
  • CV
  • Personal statement (500-600 words)

Documents which may follow at a later date

  • IELTS result, if report available
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Two references, one of which must be an academic reference
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course

Application Deadline: there are no deadlines - rolling admissions. Please note that the final date for receiving applications from overseas students requiring a Tier 4 visa will be Friday 18th July.

Grant Opportunities:

Please see the 'Scholarships' pages from the School's website.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science
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