Shipping Operations (Distance Learning) at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS

Course summary

Is it time to take your maritime career to the next level? This two-year distance learning programme is ideally suited to maritime professionals who are hoping to move into shore-based management positions. You’ll learn specialist skills in ship safety management and shipping operations, solving complex problems during challenging workplace assignments. This postgraduate programme is delivered online using Solent University’s virtual learning environment, a web based platform that is accessible from anywhere in the world. Students learn as part of an online community of tutors, fellow students and student support services - just as they would if they went to the University itself. Each student has their own dedicated academic tutor and study partner, and studying online is made interesting, interactive, and engaging by forums, wikis, reflective journals and video presentations. Shipping industry experts are involved in the mentoring of work-based projects, further enhancing the value of student learning. This course is for: This master’s degree is aimed at maritime professionals who wish to move into shore-based management roles. The distance learning delivery of the course also makes it ideal for currently serving seafarers to study wherever they are in the world and whenever they are able to.


  • International Maritime Context
This module is particularly designed to engage students in developing their skills of critical evaluation and evidenced argument (complementing work in the parallel study skills module) by starting from the student’s own experience and encouraging consideration and questioning of that experience from different perspectives.
  • Postgraduate and Self-managed Study
This module is specifically designed for working professionals who, while perhaps very senior and experienced in their own fields, have little familiarity with the demands and expectations of higher education (at postgraduate level in particular) and may be returning to education after a long gap.
  • Business Research Skills
The module is intended to deliver a fuller understanding of the skills and attributes of postgraduate study.
  • Risk and Safety Management
This module is one of the four comprising the Risk and Safety Management optional strand within the MSc Shipping Operations. The principal intention of the module is to consider and critically evaluate a range of theories and methodologies of risk and safety management and their implications for the management of shipping operations.
  • Legal Process
As part of the risk and safety management strand, this module is concerned with the legal aspects of safety processes and how these impact upon individuals and organisations within the international maritime industries, including issues of jurisdiction and individual and corporate liability.
  • Professional Skills and Practice Portfolio
This module provides the opportunity to create an evidence-based portfolio that illustrates how a student’s existing professional skills and their prior experiential learning shape practice and allow them to operate effectively in their present role.
  • Year two modules
  • Safety Culture
As part of the risk and safety optional strand, this module critically explores the concept of a safety culture within the context of maritime sector requirements.
  • Accident Investigation and Organisational Learning
As part of the risk and safety management optional strand, this module critically explores accident investigation and organisational learning within the context of maritime sector requirements.
  • Project
The Project is the culmination of studies for the MSc and enables students to draw together their learning from other elements of the course, including their specialised option strand, and to apply this to in-depth research and investigation of a self-generated topic within their workplace.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold one of the following: - An honours degree (2:2 or higher) in maritime studies, shipping, business or law, or another appropriate subject and relevant professional qualifications/experience. - A certificate of competence as a Master or Chief Engineer; Class 1 Master Mariner; Class 1 Engineer; STCW management-level qualifications, or equivalent; plus management-level experience in the sea transport industry (as a Master, Chief Officer, Chief Engineer, First Engineer, or equivalent). - An HND or foundation degree via officer cadet route in an appropriate discipline, plus relevant professional qualifications and management experience. - Additionally, to apply to undertake the MSc in Shipping Operations, you must be employed in or have recently been employed in, the maritime or shipping industry and have professional experience to management level.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4500 Year 1
Scotland £4500 Year 1
Wales £4500 Year 1
Channel Islands £4500 Year 1
EU £7650 Year 1
International £7650 Year 1

Additional fee information

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact [email protected].
Shipping Operations (Distance Learning) at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS