Maritime Operations Management

Maritime Operations Management MSc

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £7,050
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £39.20 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

Course type

MSc

School

Maritime and Mechancial Engineering

Study mode

Full Time

About your course

The MSc in Maritime Operations Management is founded upon strong links with industry, both in the UK and around the world. Liverpool John Moores University is also home to the world-famous Liverpool Maritime Academy and is an international centre of excellence, helping ensure the degree meets employers' demands for skilled professionals.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year)
  • Study at one of the UK’s leading Maritime Schools
  • The Liverpool Maritime Academy is an international centre of excellence in maritime education and professional training and education
  • Excellent potential for roles such as consultants, managerial positions in shipping companies and the marine insurance industry, ship broking and ship management

Secure your career and opportunities offshore with this industry-leading Masters.

This degree is informed by world-leading research plus extensive links with industry, both in the UK and internationally.

Introduction to the School

LJMU has been providing training, education and research to the maritime sector since 1892.

Based within the Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering, 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.

World-class facilities

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. Facilities at the School include a wide range of transport modelling and safety decision making software, including the SCANNer and IDS (intelligent decision system).

World-class research

Around 95% of our research submitted to the REF 2014 is considered world-leading or internationally important

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.

Why study this course at LJMU?

The British maritime education system is very well-respected internationally. LJMU is located in the famous port city of Liverpool and the maritime courses at LJMU have almost a 125 year history.

The reputation of the Liverpool Maritime Academy ensures that LJMU has well-established links with industry and the worldwide maritime research sector. Studying with us will provide you with an internationally respected Masters qualification, access to a world-renowned research institute and the contacts to build your future career. 


If you want to progress into or are already working in this area it is very important to make international links for your career.  LJMU is one of only four or five places in the UK where you can undertake this kind of quality Masters programme.

Programme outline and structure

The industry-relevant Maritime Operations Management Masters programme is designed to meet the changing needs of the global maritime industry.

You’ll gain the tools to manage ports, shipping operations, maritime law, and maritime safety. When you graduate you’ll have the skills you need to secure positions at the highest level within this competitive worldwide industry. 

This programme covers the essential critical awareness of business, financial and management strategies, including markets, customers, finance, people, operations and ICT. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, you’ll learn how to find solutions to marine operations management problems. 

You’ll also conduct research, using research design, data collection, analysis, synthesis and reporting techniques to develop systems and outcomes. 

Industrial visits are an important part of the course in order to understand developments in the market and typically include: ports, ship visits, insurance underwriters (usually in London), P&I Club and the IMO. 

There are also regular specialist industry speakers, who are invited throughout the year in conjunction with professional bodies and institutions. LJMU provides opportunities to develop critical self-awareness and self-management as part of this course, which is essential to the lifelong learning process you will need to become an autonomous professional within this dynamic field.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • MSc project
  • Legal principles
  • Marine insurance
  • Maritime business and management
  • Maritime finance and economics
  • Maritime law
  • Operations research
  • Preparing for project
  • Research skills
  • Export trade law
  • Global transport systems
  • Information management and communication systems
  • International trade
  • Logistics systems
  • Maritime security
  • Port administration
  • Port business strategy
  • Project management
  • Supply chain modelling

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email courses@ljmu.ac.uk if you require further guidance or clarification.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will gain knowledge on this course through lectures and directed student-centred learning, such as case studies.

    You will also have the opportunity to complete open-ended reports and project work to demonstrate your understanding of topics.

    Assessment is through a combination of coursework in the form of case study reports and assignment submissions plus short class tests.

    Some modules also include testing of problem solving skills through a combination of unseen written examinations.

    Staff research interests

    Many of your tutors are active members of LJMU’s LOgistics Offshore and Marine (LOOM) Research Institute.

    The Institute 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 influential in the industry. 


    Programme staff have relevant industrial and research experience and embed this into curriculum delivery and assessment. Current staff research interests include formal ship safety assessment, human and organisation error studies, simulation studies of marine systems and maritime logistics systems.

    Entry requirements (Home)

    An Honours degree in a relevant subject with a minimum 2.2 classification or a professional qualification with equivalent standing such as a UK Class 1 Master Mariner or Chief Engineer certificate of competence together with relevant professional experience, or a non-UK equivalent.

    Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.0. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.

    Entry requirements (International)

    LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

    For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

    Will I be interviewed?

    No

    IELTS

    6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)

    Is RPL accepted on this programme?

    Yes


    Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

    Financial support

    Tuition fees

    All 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 in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

    Funding sources

    There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

    Graduate employment

    We strongly encourage students to participate in professional development activity through Institute events

    Guest lecturers and industrial visits also offer opportunities for building industrial and commercial links for projects.


    There are excellent opportunities for roles such as consultants, managerial positions in shipping companies and the marine insurance industry, ship broking and ship management.

    International Study

    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.

    Scholarships

    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

    The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
    Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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