Maritime Department

Master of Science (MSc) Carriage of Goods by Sea

Key Feature

Code                              MMSC217

Modules                        13

Duration                       13 months

Registration                 Any time
Teaching                       Distance learning

Credits                           96

Tuition Fees                 $7,500

The Master of Science (MSc) in Carriage of Goods by Sea is an advanced program designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge and practical skills in maritime transportation and related legal frameworks. This comprehensive course covers critical aspects of the shipping industry, from ship types and maritime insurance to the specifics of port management and the complex legalities surrounding the carriage of goods by sea. The curriculum emphasizes practical applications, case studies, and real-world scenarios, ensuring students are well-prepared to handle the dynamic challenges of the maritime sector. With a robust focus on shipping law, chartering, and dispute resolution, this program equips students with the expertise needed for a successful career in the maritime industry.


The primary objectives of this course are to:

  1. Provide a solid foundation in the fundamental aspects of shipping, including the various departments within a shipowning company and maritime job roles.
  2. Offer detailed insights into the different types of ships, their nationalities, and the role of international maritime organizations.
  3. Develop a comprehensive understanding of marine insurance, chartering practices, and the functions of classification societies.
  4. Equip students with practical skills in port management, shipbroking, and voyage estimation.
  5. Foster knowledge of environmental management practices in the maritime industry, including pollution control and international conventions.
  6. Introduce students to key principles of shipping law, with a focus on the Hague and Hague/Visby Rules and the legal aspects of sea transportation.
  7. Provide a deep understanding of voyage and time charters, laytime, and the specifics of bills of lading.
  8. Prepare students to analyze and apply dispute resolution mechanisms, including arbitration and mediation, within the maritime context.
  9. Enable students to conduct original research through a comprehensive dissertation, contributing to the field of carriage of goods by sea.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Proficiently understand and utilize nautical and shipping terminologies, as well as the various departments and job roles within a shipowning company.
    2. Identify and differentiate between types of ships and their specific functions, understand the concept of ship nationality, and recognize the significance of flags of convenience.
    3. Navigate and apply marine insurance principles, chartering practices, and understand the role and functions of classification societies.
    4. Effectively manage port operations, understand the roles of shipbrokers and agents, and perform accurate voyage estimations.
    5. Apply knowledge of international environmental conventions and management practices to address marine pollution and other environmental challenges.
    6. Interpret and apply the principles of shipping law, particularly the Hague and Hague/Visby Rules, in practical contexts related to the carriage of goods by sea.
    7. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of voyage and time charters, including the calculation and management of laytime and the use of bills of lading.
    8. Analyze and utilize dispute resolution mechanisms, including arbitration under the Arbitration Act 1996, within the maritime sector.
    9. Conduct original research and produce a well-structured dissertation that contributes to the academic and practical knowledge of carriage of goods by sea.

      1. Introduction to shipping
      • Shipowning company's Departments & Maritime Jobs, Part 1
      • Maritime Jobs, Part 2
      • Nautical Terminology
      • Shipping Terminology, Ship's Tonnage

      2. Types of ships, Nationality of Ships, International Organizations
      • Types of ships, Part 1
      • Types of ships, Part 2. Ship’s demolition
      • Nationality of ship and ships under flags of convenience, Piracy and Hot pursuit
      • International Maritime Organization (IMO) and key conventions of the IMO

      3. Introduction to Marine Insurance, Chartering and Classification Societies
      • The commonly used marine insurance terms
      • Contract of sales, Charter parties and Bills of lading
      • Cargo terminology, Cargo operation
      • Classification society and the International Safety Management code (ISM)

      4. Port Management, Shipbroking, Voyage Estimation
      • Vessel’s port expenses
      • Shipbrokers and agents
      • The Baltic Exchange – Associated shipping organizations
      • Voyage Estimation, Part 1

      5. Management of the Marine Environment
      • MARPOL 1973/1978
      • The London Dumping Convention (LDC) 1972 and Protocol 2006
      • Air pollution
      • Management of ballast water pollution
      • Wreck removal

      6. Shipping Law I
      • Hague rules, Hague/Visby rules and case studies
      • Case studies on Carriage of Goods by Sea
      • Exceptions, limitation of liability
      • Documents of sea transportation

      7. Shipping Law II
      • English legal system
      • Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR), mediation
      • Arbitration, Arbitration Act 1996
      • Ethics in arbitration
      • Aspects of arbitration proceedings

      8. Voyage Charter, Laytime 1
      • Introduction to charter parties and Bills of Lading, Implied undertakings (seaworthiness/cargoworthiness, reasonable dispatch, deviation, dangerous goods), case studies
      • Voyage charter party I, Freight and Hire, Wording and clauses of the charter party, Printed text, Riders, Addendum, Main bodies issuing charter parties
      • Laytime 1, Duration of laytime (definite, calculated, indefinite), Commencement of laytime, Statement of facts

      9. Laytime 2, Bill of Lading, Time Charter
      • Laytime 2, interruption of laytime (weekends/holidays, shifting, strikes, breakdowns), Cessation, Calculation of laytime, Damages for detention
      • Laytime 3, Tanker laytime, Demurrage/Dispatch,
      • Bills of lading, Electronic bill of lading

      10. Time Charter 1, Case studies, Exceptions, Limitation of liability
      • Time Charter 1, Time charter trip, The vessel (cargo capacity, speed and bunker consumption, ship’s fouling, dry docking-maintenance), The trade (geographical limits, safe ports), The cargo (restrictions and exclusions of cargoes), The period, Delivery and redelivery
      • Time Charter 2, Payment of hire, Off-hire, Allocation of costs (Master’s position, customary assistance, costs for shipowners’ and charterers’ account), Cargo liability of shipowners and charterers, Damage to the vessel
      • Case studies on the Carriage of Goods by Sea: Employment and Indemnity clause, Meaning of safe port
      • Exceptions: at common law, express terms of the contract, by statute. Limitation of liability: parties covered, types of claims covered, limitation amount

      11-12. Dissertation
      • 15,000 words

      Entry Requirements

      Bachelor of Science (BSc) or other Higher Education degree, or experienced professionals.

      English language: GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component, or a related certificate of English language course. Proficiency or Lower Certificate in English, or good writing and communication skills in English (at the discretion of the Committee).

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      Career - Maritime Jobs

      Academic staff consisting of professionals with significant career at sea and generally in the shipping industry, being in collaboration with special academic personnel highly expertize in business and the international maritime affairs. Below are the maritime jobs, that our courses prepare you.


      Our students, regardless their professional origin and their academic level, acquire the necessary knowledge which gives them the opportunity to get an outstanding job position in shipping and rise to the highest levels of the maritime industry.  

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