Maritime Department

Master of Science (MSc) in Carriage of Goods by Sea and Law of the Sea

Key Feature

Code                              MMSC205

Modules                        13
Duration                       13 months
Registration                 Any time
Teaching                       Distance learning
Credits                           96

Tuition Fees                 $10,500


The Master of Science (MSc) in Carriage of Goods by Sea and Law of the Sea has been designed in order to provide the necessary knowledge to people who are willing to work in the shipowning company’s operation and chartering department or to work as competitive brokers in the shipping industry. His knowledge in the law of the sea will enable him to face today’s challenges in matters concerning marine pollution, piracy, and general issues of the ship’s transaction and responsibilities towards the authorities of the foreign states with which the ship trades.

It must be noted that graduates of the Master of Science (MSc) in Carriage of Goods by Sea and Law of the Sea have obtained a demanding professional skill necessary for persons working or intending to work in high executive positions concerning sea transport such as ship’s operation, in charterers’ offices, claims department, marine insurance, ship’s agents, marine lawyers’ offices, arbitrators, average adjusters, marine surveyors, bankers, etc.


 The program’s goal is to equip students with a thorough knowledge of aspects of the maritime business to enable them to fulfill the requirements to enter the maritime world and its associated industries. To achieve this purpose, the program offers its students a unique blend of professional and academic courses. Students after this program will become rapidly adaptive to employers’ needs and respond appropriately and imaginatively to emerging issues in a dynamic industry.

Learning Outcomes
This course will equip the students with a strong background in the standard core curriculum of business administration subjects. Also, it will provide an innovative, “hands-on” approach to instruction directed by dedicated faculty composed of experts in their fields and to provide a good grounding for variety of careers in range of management functions.

At the end of this program the students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the field of shipping and maritime management, structure and operation; to describe the functions of shipping companies, to understand the role of international organizations and Associations, to identify and describe the major issues in the port management, handling of cargoes and documentation involved. At the end of this program the student will be comfortable with the main Maritime Terminology. Also, they will know the standard form contracts, the shipping documents and the Key International Conventions of the IMO, they will develop their capacity for independent learning and continuing professional development as well as they learn scientific writing skills.

1. Introduction to Shipping
• Shipowning company’s Department
• Maritime jobs, Part 2
• Nautical Terminology, Parts of the Ship
• Shipping Terminology, Letter of Indemnity
2. Voyage Charter, Laytime
• Vessel's port expenses, Agency services, Port tariffs/dues
• Introduction to charter parties and Bills of Lading, Freight and Hire, Implied undertakings (seaworthiness/cargoworthiness, reasonable dispatch, deviation, dangerous goods)
• Voyage Charter, 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
3. Laytime, 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
• Bills of lading, Electronic bill of lading
• Hague Rules, Hague/Visby Rules, Differences between Hague Rules and Hague/Visby Rules, carriers’ and Shippers’ responsibilities, case studies, Hamburg Rules, Rotterdam Rules
4. Time Charter, 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, Explanation of the use of the Law reports and Lloyd’s law reports
• Exceptions: at common law, express terms of the contract, by statute. Limitation of liability: parties covered, types of claims covered, limitation amount
5. Law of the Sea I
• Evolution of the Law of the Sea,
• Geneva Conventions 1958 and the Law of the Sea Convention 1982
• Maritime Zones, Normal baselines, Baselines of special circumstances, Internal waters, Jurisdiction over foreign ships in ports, Case study
• Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone, Delimitation of the Territorial Sea, Innocent passage
6. Law of the Sea II
• Straits used for International Navigation, Transit passage, Straits of Special Regime, Panama Canal, Suez Canal, The Turkish Straits
• Exclusive Economic Zone, Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone, Case study of delimitation in the Eastern Mediterranean. Geomorphic and Legal Continental Shelf, The Continental Shelf of islands
• Archipelagos, Archipelagic States, Archipelagic waters, Archipelagic Sea-lanes passage
• High Seas, Freedom of the High Seas, Jurisdiction, Penal jurisdiction in matters of collision and case study, Unauthorized broadcasting, Slavery, Right to visit, Illicit traffic in narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances
7-8. Project Report
• 3,000 words

9-13. 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).

Basic Information Technology skills.

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Worldwide telematic study. No need to attend physically in the class. You watch the lectures in video form, any time you would like and many times as you need. The speech of every video lecture is written in text form, by including the figures and the highlights of the lecture. You interact with the lecturers and tutors in electronic form.

Watch Videolectures


Assignment & Project


Final viva (live video)


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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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