Postgraduate Factfile: Port Management MSc
- The Programme
- Academic School
- Employment / careers
- Entry requirements
- Finance / fees
- How to apply
Course at a glanceMode of study: Full Time (1 year) and Part Time (2 years)
Start date: September and January
- 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
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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.
Introduction to the School
LJMU has been providing training, education and research to the maritime sector since 1892. Based within the School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations, the Liverpool Maritime Academy offers a portfolio of professional degree courses and training programmes designed specifically for the needs of the maritime sector.
Ongoing research on maritime technology and maritime operations plus our extensive industrial collaborations with organisations such as AMEC, Bibby Line, Shell, Lloyds Register and the Offshore Safety Division of the UK Health and Safety Executive, help ensure that the curriculum and students are kept up-to-date with advances in technology and professional practice.
Our Lairdside Maritime Centre is a state of the art training facility that enables marine pilots, ship’s masters and senior navigating officers to develop and practice their skills in a realistic but risk free environment. At the heart of the Centre is the ship-handling simulator, which is one of the most advanced in Europe and currently the only one in the UK with a 360° field-of-view visual system. Other facilities at the School include a wide range of transport modelling and safety decision making software, including the SCANNer and IDS (intelligent decision system).
Research in maritime logistics and freight transportation is managed under the aegis of the Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine (LOOM) Research Institute, which over the past decade has made significant contributions to the modernisation and productivity of the marine industries.
The Institute works collaboratively with industry and regulatory organisations, including Maersk Line, Peel Group, Shell, ABS Group, UK Health and Safety Executive and Maritime and Coast Guard Agency. It also has close links with international research partners, such as World Maritime University, Lille University of Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Incheon University, Manchester University, University of Antwerp, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Wuhan University of Technology, and Beijing Jiaotong University.
To find out more, read our brochure or go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/eng/
Other related courses
- MSc Maritime Operations
- MSc International Transport, Trade and Logistics
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.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that 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.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
English language requirements
IELTS6.0 (Min. 5.5 in each component)
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, an interview is not required.
Tuition fees for full-time home and EU students for the academic year 2014-2015 are £6,000.00
Part time fees are charged by the number of credits you are registered for per annum, at a rate of £35.50 per credit.
Tuition fees for International students for the academic year 2014-2015 are £11,000.00
Students residing in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey are classified as international students for fee purposes.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please talk to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org, 0151 0151 231 3153/3154.
Sources of funding
LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*). Please go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding/127541.htm for more details.
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. For further details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre (www.ljmuisc.com). For further details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website (http://ljmu.prospects.ac.uk) can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships/ summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. Go to www.gov.uk/careerdevelopment-loans for more details.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
How to apply
If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general please contact:Course Enquiries
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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.
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