Maritime Department

Master of Science (MSc) in Maritime & Shipping Management and Law of the Sea

Key Feature

Code                              MMSC206

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

Tuition Fees                 $7,500

The MSc course in Maritime & Shipping Management and Law of the Sea is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the maritime industry, shipping management, and the legal framework governing the use of the world’s oceans. Graduates acquire a highly specialized skill set, ideal for those working or aspiring to work in senior positions within various sectors of the maritime industry. The program covers a wide range of topics, including the different types of ships, marine insurance, chartering, classification societies, port management, marine environment management, and the law of the sea. Students will also have the opportunity to work on project reports and a dissertation, allowing them to apply their knowledge to real-world situations.

The main objectives of this MSc course are:

  • To provide students with a solid foundation in the principles and practices of maritime and shipping management, as well as the legal aspects of ocean use.
  • To develop students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills in the context of the maritime industry.
  • To equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to analyze and evaluate complex maritime management and legal issues.
  • To prepare students for a successful career in the maritime industry or related fields, such as policy-making, research, and consulting, by offering a unique blend of professional and academic courses that enable them to rapidly adapt to employer needs and respond effectively and creatively to emerging issues.

Learning Outcomes
This course will equip students with a strong background in the standard core curriculum of business administration subjects. Additionally, it will provide an innovative, hands-on approach to instruction led by dedicated faculty comprised of experts in their respective fields, ensuring a solid foundation for various careers across a wide range of management functions.

Upon completing this program, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the field of shipping and maritime management, structure, and operation. They will be capable of describing the functions of shipping companies, understanding the role of international organizations and associations, and identifying and describing the major issues in port management, cargo handling, and documentation. By the end of the program, students will be well-versed in maritime terminology and familiar with standard form contracts, shipping documents, and key International Conventions of the IMO. Furthermore, they will develop their capacity for independent learning and continuing professional development, as well as enhance their scientific writing skills.

1. Introduction to Shipping
1. Shipowning company’s departments and maritime jobs part I
2. Maritime jobs, part II
3. Nautical terminology
4. Shipping terminology, ship’s tonnage
2. Types of ships, Nationality of Ships, International Organizations
1. Types of ships, part I
2. Types of ships, part II, ship’s demolition
3. Nationality of ships, Ships under flags of convenience
4. International Maritime Organizations (IMO) and key conventions of IMO
3. Introduction to Marine Insurance, Chartering and Classification Societies
1. The Commonly used insurance terms
2. Sale contract, the charter parties and bills of lading
3. Cargo terminology, cargo operation
4. Classification societies and the ISM code
4. Ports management, Vessel’s port expenses, Ports of the world (import/export)
1. Vessel’s port expenses
2. Oceans and seas, Africa
3. Europe, Asia, Oceania
4. North America, South America
5. Management of the marine environment
1. MARPOL 1973/78
2. National and International Legislation for the protection of the marine environment
3. Marine Pollution and the London Dumping Convention 1972/1976
4. Air Pollution from ships
5. Management of ballast water pollution
6. Project Report on Maritime Management
• 3,000 words
7. Law of the Sea I
1. Evolution of the Law of the Sea
2. Geneva Conventions 1958 and the Law of the Sea Convention 1982 Maritime
3. Zones, Normal baselines, Baselines of special circumstances, Internal waters, Jurisdiction over foreign ships in ports, Case study
4. Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone, Delimitation of the Territorial Sea, Innocent passage

8. Law of the Sea II
1. Straits used for International Navigation, Transit passage, Straits of Special Regime, Panama Canal, Suez Canal, The Turkish Straits
2. 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
3. Archipelagos, Archipelagic States, Archipelagic waters, Archipelagic Sea-lanes passage
4. 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

9. Project Report on Law of the Sea
• 3,000 words

10-13. 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.

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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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