Maritime Department

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Shipping Management and Law of the Sea

Key Features

Code                               MPD205

Modules                        9

Duration                       9 months

Registration                 Any time

Teaching                       Distance learning

Credits                           60

Tuition Fees                 $5,500 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Shipping Management and Law of the Sea offers a specialized curriculum that integrates essential aspects of shipping management with a comprehensive study of maritime law. This program is tailored for individuals aspiring to build a career in maritime law, shipping management, or international maritime organizations. It covers a broad spectrum of topics, from the basics of shipping and maritime jobs to the complexities of the Law of the Sea, making it ideal for those seeking to understand the legal frameworks governing the maritime industry.


The program is designed to:

  1. Provide In-depth Shipping Knowledge: Educate students on shipping management, including ship types, maritime jobs, and nautical terminology.
  2. Offer Insights into Marine Insurance and Chartering: Introduce key concepts of marine insurance, chartering practices, and the role of classification societies.
  3. Deepen Understanding of Maritime Law: Focus on the Law of the Sea, including UNCLOS, maritime zones, and legal status of straits, preparing students for legal challenges in the maritime sector.
  4. Develop Legal Analysis Skills: Equip students with the skills to analyze and interpret maritime laws and conventions critically.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand Shipping Management: Gain a comprehensive understanding of shipping management, maritime jobs, and related terminology.
  2. Apply Knowledge in Marine Insurance and Chartering: Use knowledge of marine insurance and chartering in real-world situations.
  3. Navigate Maritime Law: Effectively understand and apply the principles of the Law of the Sea, including territorial waters, EEZ, and high seas jurisdiction.
  4. Conduct Maritime Legal Research: Undertake in-depth research, culminating in a 12,000-word dissertation, demonstrating expertise in maritime law.
  5. Adapt to Industry and Legal Developments: Rapidly adapt to the evolving needs of the maritime industry and legal changes, responding innovatively to emerging maritime legal issues.
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. Law of the Sea 1
• Evolution of the Law of the Sea, Modern international law
• The Geneva Conventions 1958, The Law of the Sea Convention 1982 (UNCLOS)
• Maritime zones(baselines, Internal waters), Islands and rocks
• Territorial sea, innocent passage, delimitation of the territorial sea, Contiguous zone
5. Law of the Sea 2
• Straits, legal status of straits, Straits of special regime, The Turkish straits (The Treaty of Lausanne 1923 and Montreux convention 1936)
• The exclusive economic zone (EEZ), rights and duties in the EEZ. The continental shelf under the Geneva convention 1958 and the UNCLOS 1982
• Archipelagos, archipelagic states, archipelagic baselines, archipelagic waters, archipelagic sea-lanes passage
• High Seas, freedom on the high seas, jurisdiction, unauthorized broadcasting, right to visit, illicit traffic in narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances.
6 - 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

Inspire your future

Study from any place Worldwide

No limits in education

Straightforward way of teaching


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)


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.  

For more information

Get in touch

Admissions Office
99 Wall Street
Suite# 2838
New York, NY
10005, USA
Tel. +1 646 980 5595 (NY)
+44 204 577 1704 (LON)
+30 211 2344 636 (ATH)
+85 280 0906 442 (HKG)

Courses in Physics
Diploma HE
Certificate HE 

Registration No: 25227 IBC 2018, Orion University Ltd,
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Central America.

Copyright © Orion University 2023