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Shipping and Logistics MSc

Our Shipping and Logistics MSc prepares graduates from a broad range of disciplines for careers across the broad and exciting shipping and logistics sectors.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


Our MSc in Shipping and Logistics is for both practising professionals and new graduates. Our graduates come from a range of disciplines, usually (but not exclusively) including:

  • engineering
  • law
  • business
  • economics
  • geography
  • IT
  • shipping

We often welcome former seafarers looking to transition ashore as well. Make sure that your ticket is equal to the entry qualification requirements.

Our aim is to prepare you for a career in the global shipping and logistics industry. You'll learn how each industry operates and the current challenges they're facing. You’ll also experience shipping and logistics through various site visits. This includes spending an afternoon on our research vessel, The Princess Royal.

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What you'll learn

This MSc in Shipping and Logistics is not an extension of a bachelor's degree. It's about learning to think and operate at a professional level in a specific context. It is for this reason that the dissertation takes such a central role.

The dissertation aims to:

  • teach you to think for yourself
  • provide you with the ability to get the data and information you need
  • enable you to judge the value and quality of that data and information
  • build on your decision-making skills

We'll give you with significant access to industry, academic data and published materials. We expect you to use these sources throughout your work.

You'll gain detailed ‘know how’ of various aspects of shipping and logistics including:

  • the structure of the fleet and trade
  • markets and maritime economics
  • chartering
  • maritime geography
  • the basis of insurance and legal aspects of shipping and logistics
  • supply chain management
  • data, digitisation, and new technologies
  • commercial awareness
  • risk and financing
  • future technologies

Additionally, you’ll learn core skills in:

  • information processing
  • teamwork
  • communication and presentation
  • commercial awareness
  • data collection and analysis
  • problem solving


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

Professional skills

Newcastle University is home to world-leading shipping and logistics research. It is diverse and reflects our drive to use cutting-edge research to solve problems of global importance. Taught by leaders in their field you'll benefit from:

  • research-led teaching
  • access to state-of-the-art facilities

You'll also engage with fellow students across marine disciplines, and network with key companies in the industry. Allowing you to enhance your employability.

Fieldtrip opportunities

Throughout the course, you’ll have the chance to put theory into practice, as we visit key industry sites. Recent visits included:

  • IMO
  • Clarksons

The aim is to expose you to leading industry players.

Visits to ships and ports are also undertaken as the opportunity arises.

Guest lecturers

You will be able to attend lectures delivered by guest lecturers who are global experts in their field.

Your future

Graduate destinations

As well as shipping companies and ports, potential employers include:

  • logistics service providers
  • commodity traders
  • research and data providers
  • financial services providers
  • regulators and government agencies
  • handling agents
  • ship brokers
  • insurance companies
  • ship builders and repairers

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


To support your studies and enhance your learning experience, you'll have access to a range of dedicated facilities, including:

  • a student common room
  • a computer laboratory
  • Clarksons Shipping Information Network, Fleet data and SeaNet

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

INTO International Pre-Master's - Pathway course

Our Business and Humanities Pre-Master's will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. 

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  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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