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MBA in Shipping and Logistics

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost £16,500 / US$20,625 for 2 years

The Masters of Business Administration in Shipping and Logistics is offered by Middlesex University Business School in conjunction with  Lloyd’s Maritime Academy. The programme curriculum has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to further your maritime leadership and management career.

The programme consists of six intensive modules delivered online over two years. You’ll get the chance to immerse yourself in major topics such as maritime administration, ship finance, risk management, maritime economics and trade, maritime law, formulating business strategy, human resource management, executive leadership, international marketing, brand establishment, logistics and supply chain management, project mastery and innovative practice.

The final Business Transformation Project will allow you to analyse a current issue affecting your company or the industry, using real world data and presenting realistic action points. This project is not only integral to the achievement of programme outcomes but will prove invaluable to your company or industry sector.

Online delivery means you can study without having to travel to attend lectures or seminars. Our state of the art learning portal provides access to online written materials, complimented by audio/visual content, group interaction and networking opportunities. Each module uses a variety of learning tools, combining throughout into a varied, interactive and educational programme that offers the perfect synergy between theory and applications.

To successfully complete the programme you must pass each module and the final Business Transformation Project. Module assessments will incorporate course work, online discussion participation, examinations and individual and group projects.

Structural components
Practical/Field work

Application procedure

An important decision
Undertaking an MBA requires considerable commitment, not just from a financial perspective but also the time allocation required to complete it. By studying this programme online don’t be mistaken and think that it is an "easy option". 
The nature of any distance learning course requires you to adopt a disciplined and independent approach to your studies - you will need good time management skills and self motivation. You will be expected to interact regularlywith your tutors and fellow students – especially when you are working in teams and you need to rely on each other. While there is a comprehensive network of support and assistance available to you, the ultimate responsibility for successfully completing your studies lies with you!

How to apply

Step 1: When you are ready to apply for the MBA in Shipping & Logistics, please download the Application Guide here. This guide includes full application instructions and details of the instalment plan. You should then download the Application Form here and the Reference Form in PDF format here or the Reference Form in Microsoft Word format here. The Reference Form is for your referees to fill out.

Step 2: Prepare your answers for the Application Form, collect and scan the necessary documents and send the Reference Form to both of your referees and ensure you have everything on the application checklist.

Step 3: Fill in the online Registration and Payment Form by clicking on the “Apply Now” button. Make sure all the relevant supporting documents are uploaded and credit card details supplied for the application fee before submitting your application.

Step 4: You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application within 48 hours. We will then review your application to ensure it is complete. We will contact you again to advise you that your application has been forwarded to the University, or to request any missing documentation. If you have not heard within five working days, please contact us by emailing or calling +44 (0)20 7017 7383.

To apply for this course download the Application Form, the Reference Form (PDF formatMicrosoft Word). Fill in the online Registration and Payment Form by clicking on the “Apply Now” button. Make sure all the relevant supporting documents are uploaded and credit card details supplied for the application fee before submitting your application. Applications missing any of the below will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. 

  1. Application form 
  2. Copies of degree and professional certificates 
  3. Payment for application deposit (£500) 
  4. Complete academic reference form
  5. If you did not attend University, or if you did so over 5 years ago and you find it difficult now to identify an academic referee, you should seek a reference from someone else that can vouch for your learning ability, e.g. a supervisor.
  6. Complete work reference form 
  7. Copy of passport page showing passport number and photograph 
  8. One passport photograph

The application deadline is normall the first friday of August.

Grant opportunities

Employers tend to look favourably upon those employees who are interested in developing themselves and investing in their career. Many of our students have received employer sponsorship on the basis of making clear to their employers the advantages that they will be able to offer them both during and after their MBA.

There are many funding options ranging from educational loans and career development loans to scholarships and corporate sponsorship that may be open to you. Many part-time MBA students are sponsored by their companies, whilst others decide to self-finance the course as they prefer to keep their future options open. By far the most popular MBA financing method is an education or career loan available from grant awarding organisations or commercial banks.

It is strongly advised that potential applicants research all available financing options well in advance of submitting their application as many funding sources have strict deadlines for seeking funding. Countries often have their own grant or scholarship awarding bodies which may either be government, commercial or charitable in nature.

Learning outcomes

The design and content of the Masters of Business Administration in Shipping and Logistics provides an integrated balance of management theories with their underlying practical application in the maritime sector. The MBA is the result of exhaustive research and has been developed in conjunction with maritime and logistics industry leaders, shipping executives, well-regarded academics and the next generation of management.


Entry requirements
Applications to study the MBA in Shipping & Logistics are considered on their individual merits and circumstances. However as a guide the elements we consider when assessing the suitability of an applicant are:

  • A Bachelors Degree or an equivalent qualification normally at second class honours or above - or equivalent international academic qualification.
  • A minimum of two years' relevant managerial or professional work experience since undergraduate graduation. Managerial experience means having responsibility for people and / or functions and / or relevant technical expertise.
  • At least two years' experience working in the maritime industry or related sector.
  • Candidates without an undergraduate honours degree must demonstrate at least five years' senior managerial experience and may be required to submit a GMAT test result of 550 or higher. A full description of your experience is essential to show clearly your successful career path and the contribution you.

English language requirements
Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement for entry to the programme and evidence may need to be provided. Where English is a second language you will be required to demonstrate a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 575 or have successfully completed an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification at a recognised institution where the medium of tuition and assessment was entirely in English (proof must be provided).

All information on entry requirements and student profile

ISCED Categories

Project management
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Logistics and shipping management