Maritime Department

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Shipping Management and Carriage of Goods by Sea

Key Features

Code                               MPD203

Modules                        9

Duration                       9 months

Registration                 Any time

Teaching                       Distance learning

Credits                           60

Tuition Fees                 $5,500 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Shipping Management and Carriage of Goods by Sea offers an in-depth exploration of the shipping industry and its operational facets. This program is meticulously designed for individuals aspiring to excel in areas like shipping management, shipbroking, maritime law, and marine insurance. The curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics, from the types of ships and shipbroking to marine insurance and chartering, providing a comprehensive understanding of the global shipping industry.


The primary aim of this program is to:

  1. Provide Comprehensive Knowledge: Equip students with a thorough understanding of shipping management and the carriage of goods by sea.
  2. Develop Practical Skills: Ensure students gain practical insights into chartering, maritime insurance, and shipping operations.
  3. Foster Industry Understanding: Enhance awareness of the role and impact of international organizations like the IMO in the shipping industry.
  4. Promote Legal and Ethical Awareness: Educate students about the legal frameworks governing shipping, such as the Hague/Visby, Hamburg, and Rotterdam Rules, ensuring an understanding of ethical practices in maritime business.

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

  1. Demonstrate Proficiency in Shipping Management: Show expertise in various aspects of shipping management, including types of ships, shipbroking, and the role of agents.
  2. Understand Marine Insurance and Chartering: Have a clear grasp of marine insurance terms, charter parties, and bills of lading.
  3. Apply Knowledge of Legal Frameworks: Effectively apply knowledge of international conventions and legal frameworks in practical scenarios.
  4. Conduct Maritime Research: Undertake comprehensive research in maritime topics, culminating in a 12,000-word dissertation demonstrating expertise in a chosen area of shipping management.
  5. Adapt to Industry Needs: Rapidly adapt to the evolving needs of the maritime industry 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, 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 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. Voyage Charter, Laytime 1
• 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 party 1 (dry cargo), Wording and Clauses of the Charter Party, Printed text, Riders, Addendum, Main bodies issuing
• Laytime (dry cargo) 1, Statement of facts, Duration of laytime (definite, calculated, indefinite), Commencement of laytime
5. Laytime 2 & 3, Tanker laytime, Bills of Lading
• Laytime (Dry cargo) 2, Interruption of laytime, calculation of laytime
• Laytime (dry cargo) 3, Dispatch, average and reversible laytime, Tanker laytime
• Bills of Lading (Bs/L), the function of the B/L, Types of B/L, Electronic B/L
• Hague/Visby Rules, Hamburg and Rotterdam Rules, Case studies

6. Time Charter, Case studies, Exceptions, Limitation of Liabilities
• Time charter (dry cargo) 1, The vessel, The trade, Period, Ship’s delivery and redelivery
• Time charter (dry cargo) 2, The payment oh hire, Off hire, Cargo liability, Damage to the vessel, Lien
• Case studies on Carriage of Goods by Sea, Employment and Indemnity clause, Safe port
• Exceptions, Common Law exceptions, The burden of proof. Limitation of liability, Types of claims covered, Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC), 1976
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)


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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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