Postgraduate Factfile: Port Management MSc
Modes of study: Full Time (1 year) Part Time (2 years)
Start date: September and January
- The Programme
- Supporting info
- Entry requirements
- Finance / fees
- How to apply
- Employment / careers
- LJMU and Liverpool
At a glance
- Course designed in collaboration with Peel Ports: owners of the Ports of Liverpool and Manchester, Medway Ports and Clyde Port
- Study at one of the UK’s leading schools in Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations
- Over 100 years expertise in delivering professional courses for the maritime industry
- The Liverpool Maritime Academy is an international centre of excellence in maritime education and professional training and education
- The advanced marine simulation facilities at LJMU’s Lairdside Maritime Centre are amongst the best in the world
- Postgraduates are highly sought after by employers and over 95% are in work or further study six months after graduation
This programme has been designed with the help of professionals from one of the UK’s largest Port Operators, Peel Ports. Ports are part of the international logistics industry and with this in mind, the programme incorporates two relevant modules concentrating on the role of international trade and the logistics sector.
On completion of the course you will have a rounded view of the management of ports and port terminals as well as the wider logistics industry. In addition you will be able to move into port management worldwide, as the programme covers container and bulk port operations at postgraduate level, as well as the personnel issues ensuing from the management of port labour.
You will have the option to study risk and safety management, plus the wider aspects of shipping. This will allow you to experience facets of the industry not available on other similar programmes. You will also benefit from industrial visits and hear speakers from the industry further broadening your experience.
Our highly qualified and respected academic team combine specialist knowledge with relevant industrial experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise helps ensure that graduates are well equipped to meet the opportunities and challenges of this exciting sector.
Many of your tutors are active members of LJMU’s LOgistics Offshore and Marine (LOOM) Research Institute, which has established a worldwide reputation in risk and safety management and the development of management information and decision support systems within the marine, offshore and logistics sectors. It has developed a number of novel methodologies in this field, which are being taken up by industry. Many of these are also finding applications in other industrial and commercial sectors including transport, chemicals, and financial services. The group has current industrial research collaborations with AMEC, Bibby Line, Shell, Lloyds Register, QARS Management & Engineering Consulting, VECTRA Group Ltd and the Offshore Safety Division of the UK government’s Heath and Safety Executive.
Why study this course at LJMU?
The University focus is in providing post graduates, research, consultancy and training which meet the needs of business and industry to improve competiveness. Key reasons to study Engineering and Maritime at LJMU include:
- One of the UKs leading Engineering Schools, it offers modern post graduate courses designed to develop academic and practical skills. It offers a supportive environment in which to study and encourages and supports extra curricula activities such as Formula Student.
- The Liverpool Maritime Academy is an international centre of excellence in maritime education and professional training and education. It’s advanced marine simulation facilities offered by its Lairdside Maritime Centre are amongst the best in the world.
- The School has two international centres of research excellence in Electrical Electronic Engineering Centre, and Marine Offshore and Logistics Research centre and over 50 post-graduate research students.
- In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 90% of the research was rated international to world leading excellence in Electrical Electronic Engineering and General Engineering.
- In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the School was awarded grade 5 in the General Engineering and grades 3a in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
- The School has an impressive record in knowledge transfer to business with two Business Leader of Tomorrow awards in the last 5-years.
Introduction to the School
LJMU was founded in 1823 in Liverpool, one of the UK’s most significant commercial port cities. Liverpool has long been associated with engineering and maritime industries and the University has played a leading role in the development of these sectors.
The School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations at Liverpool John Moores University offers a vibrant and exciting environment in which to study. In choosing to study with us you enter into a partnership with teachers who will help you work towards becoming the very best in your discipline. The achievements of our successful Formula Student team for example demonstrate the all round capability of our students. This is why our post graduates are highly sought after by employers and many occupy senior positions within major UK and international companies. We want to help you reach your potential which is why we develop both the technical and managerial skills that will help you succeed in your chosen career.
Furthermore, the School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations is highly rated for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in the Times Good University Guide. It delivers world class application oriented research to the engineering and maritime sectors. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 90% of research was rated international to world leading excellence 2-4* in General Engineering, and Electrical Electronic Engineering.
Staff research interests
The School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations has an excellent record of high quality application oriented research and knowledge transfer to business. The University has been engaged in maritime research for over two decades, for example much of the development work in Electronic Charts was undertaken here in Liverpool.
The School is home to internationally recognised research groups Electrical Electronic Engineering Research Centre (Prof J Zhang, Prof E. Levi), the Liverpool Logistics Offshore and Marine Research Institute (Prof J. Wang), Materials and Structures Research Group (Prof J Ren, Prof I Jones) and GERI (Prof Burton).
The Materials and Structures Group undertakes application oriented research in advanced manufacturing, materials and design. GERI specialises in precision measurement and precision machining.
The Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Centre conducts world leading research in three areas: microelectronic devices and reliability, electric machines and drives and control systems.
The Liverpool LOgistics, Offshore and Marine (LOOM) Research Institute has established a worldwide reputation the development of management information and decision support systems within the marine, offshore and logistics sectors.
How will I be assessed?
Students’ knowledge and understanding will usually be assessed via a combination of examinations and coursework. Certain subjects may be assessed by other means, such as through a portfolio of work, for example. In addition, there is the MSc. project. This allows students to work independently and contributes substantially to the final award.
Other related courses
MSc Maritime Operations, MSc International Transport, Trade and Logistics.
Applicants would normally require one of the following:
A good honours degree or equivalent in Maritime, Logistics, Science, Business, Management or Engineering related study.
Certain professional qualifications will be considered at the discretion of the programme team. Typically these should be a UK Class 1 Master Mariner or Chief Engineer certificate of competence, or a non-UK equivalent.
Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0 within the previous 24 months. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK Degree within the previous 24 months are exempt from this requirement.
Will I be interviewed?No
Please contact the Faculty of Technology and Environment Admissions Hub for further information relating to tuition fees.
You can contact the hub using the following:
Telephone: 0151 2312777
Securing funding is one of the main hurdles you may have to face when considering Postgraduate study. However there is help available and you may be able to apply for funding from the sources below.
This will normally be from a bank. The most popular of these is a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL). These loans are from £300 to £10,000 in value and can be used to cover up to 80% of your course fees. Further Information from www.direct.gov.uk and look for PCDL
Charities and Trusts
Trusts and charities can offer assistance to some students. Eligibility for these trusts and charities vary enormously. Your local library will have a section of books and directories of grant making trusts.
Research councils may provide support for recognised postgraduate courses. Their websites offers useful information regarding the support and funding opportunities on offer. Competition for this type of funding can be very strong. For more information about Research Councils visit: www.rcuk.ac.uk
You need to be aware that most PG courses do not attract statutory funding. The ones that do attract statutory support (grants and/or loans) that we offer at LJMU are:
- PGCE courses , for more information please vist www.directgov.co.uk and www.tda.gov.uk
- MA social work for which an NHS bursary is payable to some students. For more information please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk
- PG dip in Architecture
Advice and support at LJMU
LJMU offers a Postgraduate bursary of £500 to students who go from an undergraduate course to study a taught PG course. For further information and eligibility see http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding/117585.htm
LJMU employs a team of staff that are experts in fees and funding who can offer advice based upon your personal circumstances. You can contact them on 0151 904 6056/6057, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance and support.
How to apply
Please apply via the online application form
LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.
LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general please contact:
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Employment and careers
As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.
LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.
Our World of Work Programme – endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations – offers you the chance to get an additional certificate proving to potential employers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. No other university in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these skills and organisations backing the scheme include the Confederation of British Industry, United Utilities, Sony, Siemens, Peugeot Citroen and Marks and Spencer.
LJMU offers a superb environment for postgraduate study and top level research.
Whether you are studying on a taught master's course or embarking on a research degree, LJMU offers you a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured programmes and round-the-clock access to extensive resources.
Our research environment is rated as 'world-leading' in a majority of our subjects and all of our postgraduate programmes are taught by academics actively involved in research or consultancy projects with business and industry.
It is this combination of academic expertise and 'real world' experience that ensures LJMU's courses have real currency with potential employers and why over 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study six months after they graduate (HESA 2010).
We believe this expertise – coupled with world-class academic standards – 75% of LJMU's research is rated as internationally important – puts us in a league of our own.
To find out more about our postgraduate courses and research opportunities plus the range of facilities and support we offer, click on the links opposite.
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