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5276f - Shipping and Logistics MSc

Shipping and Logistics MSc

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Start in: September 2022

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


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:

  • engineering
  • law
  • business
  • economics
  • geography
  • IT
  • navigation

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
  • chartering
  • 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
  • teamwork
  • 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.

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 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.

Fieldtrip opportunities

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:

  • IMO
  • Clarksons
  • 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.

Guest lecturers

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

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


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
  • Tradewinds
  • Moore Stephens OPCost

There is also a strong programme of visiting lecturers from industry and site visits.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 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

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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

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