MSc Port Management
About this course
LJMU provides training, education and research to the maritime sector. This Port Management MSc reflects almost 125 years of experience and excellence in the sector.
- Study at one of the UK’s leading Maritime higher education providers
- Follow a curriculum informed by world-leading research plus links with the regional Mersey Maritime cluster, and the UK-wide maritime industry
- After graduating, enjoy exemptions from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers chartered membership examinations
- Access an international centre of excellence in maritime education, professional training and applied research
Developed and delivered by our highly qualified and respected academic team, the programme combines specialist knowledge with relevant industrial experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise, as well as our well-established links with the industry, will help to ensure that you are well prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges of this expanding sector.
The programme provides you with a rounded view of the management of ports and port terminals and the wider logistics industry. As part of the programme you gain the tools to be an effective project manager of port operations. The curriculum will cover container and bulk port operations, and you will learn to analyse how national and international governance affect a port’s management. You will also have the option to study law, and risk and asset management and broaden your experience with employer visits and lectures from guest speakers.
This programme is also available as a 2 year (240 credit) option. This consists of the standard 120 credits of taught modules plus 60 credits of MSc project, accompanied by an additional 60 credits. This can be taken as either a single semester group design project (a current module) or a sandwich placement year of 30 weeks (a current module).
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
Recent graduates from this programme have undertaken roles incorporating port management and operations and are working in consultancy, for regulatory bodies and international logistics and supply chain businesses.
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Discover the building blocks of your programme
Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.
This module requires you to refine your aims, objectives and programme of work, and undertake research work with academic supervision. You will prepare a dissertation that demonstrates the appropriate application of research techniques in a suitable subject area at postgraduate level.
The central theme of this module is the management of projects using known standards and methodologies. You are given the opportunity to develop your skills in industry-standard project software and demonstrate your ability through a time-constrained exercise. It aims to develop a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of managing projects.
The aims of this module are to develop the students' ability to formulate a coherent and well- designed research project and associated proposal. The module also aims to develop the skills required to critically analyse and evaluate research findings and the effective presentation of the results.
The module is very important as it sets the groundwork for the completion of the MSc Project. The module provides grounding in the skills required to formulate a project question or hypothesis and the development of credible project plan for the resulting investigation(s). The module will explore techniques for the design of interviews/surveys/empirical work/computer simulation and visualisation/design testing and provide underpinning knowledge to aid the selection of the most appropriate statistical methods and data analysis tools. Tools for considering and mitigating against risk and uncertainties will also be explored. An important part of the module will look at the statistical treatment of project results, their critical evaluation, questioning validation and reliability.
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Logistics and Supply Chain Management
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An insight into teaching on your course
You will gain knowledge on this course through lectures and directed student-centred learning, such as case studies. You will also need to complete open-ended reports and project work to demonstrate your understanding of topics.
You will have access to employer visits and listen to speakers from industry which will allow you to broaden your experience and increase your contacts to further enhance your employability.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.
On this programme you will be assessed through a combination of coursework including case study reports, assignments and short class tests. Some modules also include problem solving tests through unseen written exams.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Robyn Pyne
Dr Robyn Pyne
After undergoing Deck Officer Training in the UK Merchant Navy, Robyn undertook a BSc(Hons) Maritime Business and Maritime Law at Plymouth University. She then completed an MSc and PhD as part of an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship. This looked into the implementation of the International Maritime Organisation’s Standards of Training Certification and Watch Keeping (STCW) Convention and its implementation at Maritime Higher Education institutions in China. Robyn worked for a period as a member of faculty at Dalian Maritime University in China, assisting with the delivery of a World Maritime University MSc programme in Maritime Safety and Environmental Management.
Something I enjoy in my role is the international and multidisciplinary learning environment offered in the department, and the contribution our students make to this. We have a wealth of academic and industry expertise and produce graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours. Our students are able to develop and technical knowledge and skills, and the appropriate Logistics and Maritime Management business acumen.
What you can expect from your School
The Department of Maritime and Mechanical Enginering is located in the Byrom Street site of LJMU’s City Campus. In addition to specialist engineering facilities, Byrom Street has high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus a large café and social spaces. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semesters, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.
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You will need:
- An honours degree or equivalent in Maritime, Transport, Logistics, Business, Management or related studies -Applicants with an unclassified degree and significant relevant industrial experience may be considered
- Evidence of experiential learning in the maritime industry, such as a Master Mariner certificate
- Other qualifications considered by the course team to be of similar academic level to the above
- a non-UK equivalent qualification
Additional information: IELTS English language requirement: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component) RPL is accepted on this programme If you have any specific queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
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Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
You need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark on the programme and to complete it within the time limits. You should provide evidence, at the interview stage, of your learning capabilities and commitment to a postgraduate programme of study.
Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed. In exceptional circumstances applications by mature healthcare practitioners without sufficient qualifications will be considered.
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