Our MSc in Shipping and Logistics is for both practising professionals and new graduates. You'll come from any discipline, usually (but not exclusively) including:
We often welcome former seafarers looking to transition ashore. Providing that their ticket is equal to the degree entry qualification requirement.
Our aim is to prepare you for successful entry into the global shipping and logistics industry. You'll learn about the industry and its current issues. This will enable you to successfully demonstrate your ability as a potential employee in the sector.
To experience marine operations in practice, you'll learn from:
- industry site visits
- our annual field trip to London
You'll get to spend a day on the School's research vessel, The Princess Royal. This is undertaken as a ‘safety seminar’ and aims to give you a flavour of a day’s work at sea.
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What you'll learn
This MSc in Shipping and Logistics is not just 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 obtain 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 provide you with significant access to industry, academic data and published materials. We expect you to use these sources fully in your work.
You'll gain the widest possible context and operational ‘know how’ of shipping and logistics in the industry. This includes:
- inter alia
- understanding the structure of the fleet and trade
- markets and maritime economics
- maritime geography
- the basis of insurance and legal aspects of the industry
- logistics and supply chain management
- digitisation and new technologies
- commercial awareness
- risk and financing
All of these are key considerations in our industry.
Additionally, you will learn core skills in:
- information processing
- communication and presentation
- 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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
|Intelligent Transport Systems||10|
|Transport Research Methods||10|
|Technologies for Future Mobility||10|
|Marine Transport Business||10|
|Marine Liability Insurance and Law||10|
|Commercial Awareness and Sustainable Business||10|
|Shipping Market Analysis||10|
How you'll learn
Our teaching method consists of:
- personal supervision
Modules are taught by block delivery. This allows you to immerse yourself and understand the subject in more depth.
It is delivered by leading staff based at the University, visiting professors and industrial experts. You'll also benefit from industry site visits.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Computer assessment
- Oral presentation
- Problem-solving exercises
- Research proposal
- Research paper
- Written examination
- Written exercise
You'll undertake advanced research on an appropriate marine related topic. This is as part of an independent dissertation across all three semesters.
You'll combine the skills and knowledge gained from the modules you've undertaken and develop your research skills on a relevant topic. Engagement with industry is encouraged as part of this process, to maximise the relevance of the work.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Dr Paul Stott
Senior Lecturer in Marine Production and Shipping Market Analysis
Areas of expertise:
- shipping market analysis
- the newbuilding and repair industries
- naval architecture and ship design
Professor D John Mangan
Professor of Marine Transport and Logistics
Areas of expertise:
- marine transport
- supply chain management
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 gain from our multidisciplinary approach to teaching. You'll engage with fellow students across all marine and other disciplines. This is through lectures, group work and other activities. This provides a rich and diverse learning experience.
We have close links with industry and graduates. This provides you with a network allowing you to enhance your employability. You'll engage and network with key companies as part of an enhanced learning journey.
You'll be taught directly by industry the key technical skills required in the sector. You'll benefit from site visits allowing you to put theory into practice. This includes our annual field trip to London. Visits have recently included:
- Spinnaker Global
- Baltic Exchange
- Lloyd’s of London
The aim of these visits is to expose you to leading industry players. Visits to ships and ports are also undertaken as opportunities arise.
Additionally, you will be able to attend lectures delivered by external guests lecturers that are recognised global experts in their field. These include:
- Professor Martin Stopford, Chairman of Clarkson Research
- Professor Throdoros Syriopoulos from the University of the Aegean, who is an expert on shipping risk and finance
- Professor Alessio Tei of the University of Genoa, a maritime economist and expert in port development
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.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
There are a range of dedicated facilities that will support your studies and enhance your learning experience, including:
- a student common room
- a computer laboratory
- Clarksons Shipping Information Network, Fleet data and SeaNet
- Moore Stephens OPCost
There is also a strong programme of visiting lecturers from industry and site visits.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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Applications for 2022/23
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