Maritime Department

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Shipping Management and Arbitration

Key Features

Code                               MPD204

Modules                        9

Duration                       9 months

Registration                 Any time

Teaching                       Distance learning

Credits                           60

Tuition Fees                 $5,500 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Shipping Management and Arbitration provides a comprehensive education in shipping management combined with a focus on arbitration and legal aspects of maritime affairs. This program is designed for those aiming to work in or enhance their knowledge of shipping management, arbitration, maritime law, and dispute resolution within the maritime industry. Covering a range of topics from basic shipping terminology to intricate arbitration laws and practices, this program is ideal for those seeking a career in maritime arbitration or legal aspects of shipping management.


The program aims to:

  1. Deliver Fundamental Shipping Knowledge: Equip students with foundational knowledge of shipping management, including ship types, maritime jobs, and shipping terminology.
  2. Introduce Marine Insurance and Chartering Concepts: Provide insights into marine insurance, chartering practices, and the role of classification societies.
  3. Develop Legal and Arbitration Expertise: Focus on legal systems relevant to shipping, dispute resolution techniques, and in-depth study of arbitration, including UNCITRAL and the Arbitration Act.
  4. Foster Understanding of Maritime Law: Educate students on the modern law of the sea, including UNCLOS and maritime zones, preparing them for legal challenges in the maritime sector.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Understand Shipping Management: Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of shipping management and maritime jobs.
    2. Apply Marine Insurance and Chartering Knowledge: Utilize knowledge of marine insurance terms and chartering in practical scenarios.
    3. Navigate Legal and Arbitration Frameworks: Effectively understand and apply legal systems, dispute resolution methods, and arbitration rules in maritime contexts.
    4. Research and Analyze Maritime Law: Conduct detailed research, culminating in a 12,000-word dissertation that showcases expertise in a specific area of shipping management and arbitration.
    5. Adapt to Industry Developments: Adapt to the evolving needs of the maritime industry, especially in legal and arbitration aspects, and respond innovatively to emerging challenges.
      1. Introduction to Shipping
      • Shipowning company’s Departments & Maritime Jobs, Part 1
      • Maritime Jobs, Part 2
      • Nautical Terminology
      • Shipping Terminology
      2. Types of ships, Nationality of Ships, International Organizations
      • Types of ships, Part 1
      • Types of ships, Part 2, Ship’s demolition
      • Nationality of ships 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
      • Sale contract, Charter parties and Bills of lading
      • Cargo terminology, Cargo operation
      • Classification societies and the International Safety Management code (ISM)
      4. Legal Systems, Disputes Resolution, Arbitration Act 1
      • English Legal System
      • Alternative Disputes Resolution (Mediation)
      • Ethics in arbitration
      • United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Small claims arbitration
      • Aspects of arbitration proceedings
      • The arbitration agreement
      5. Arbitration Act 2
      • The parties to arbitration, The arbitral tribunal 1
      • The arbitral tribunal 2
      • General duty of the arbitral tribunal
      • Powers of the arbitral tribunal in conducting references 2
      • Powers of the court in the course of arbitral proceedings
      • The award 1
      6. Arbitration Act 3, Arbitration on the Law of the Sea
      • The award 2
      • Costs of the arbitration
      • Sources of the modern law of the sea
      • The law of the Sea Convention, 1982 (UNCLOS), Maritime zones 1
      • The law of the Sea Convention, 1982 (UNCLOS), Maritime zones 2
      • Settlement of disputes
      7 - 9. Project report
      10,000 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.

      Basic Information Technology skills.


      Efficient way of study 

      Every video-lecture is supported by
      a text-book which consists of the
      speech-text and the Power Point presentation

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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)


      Get your Degree awarded


      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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