MSc Port Management

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Start date(s)

September 2019

Tuition fees 19/20
Home (full-time, per year): £7,800
International (full-time, per year): £14,450

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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 schools in Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations
  • Benefit from almost 125 years expertise in delivering professional maritime courses
  • Access the expertise of the Liverpool Maritime Academy - an international centre of excellence in maritime education and professional training
  • Study alongisde students from all over the world

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 and the worldwide maritime research sector, 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 will cover container and bulk port operations and personnel issues in port labour management. You will also have the option to study law and security management and broaden your experience with employer visits and lectures from guest speakers.

Many of the Department's research outcomes are finding applications in other industrial and commercial sectors including transport, chemicals, and financial services. We have 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 Health and Safety Executive.

Port Management

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

Additional costs

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 use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • 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.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) 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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Course modules

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.

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Core Modules

Msc Project
60 credits

 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.

Global Transport Systems
10 credits

This module covers the range of transport options available in international shipping to provide an insight into operational and economic matters and to develop a framework for transport mode selection. It covers freight transport operations on an international scale, with particular reference to the role of intermodality.

Legal Principles
10 credits

This module introduces you to the fundamental legal principles necessary for the further subsequent study of maritime law topics. It aims to introduce you to the legal systems of England and the EU and to provide a basis of knowledge of the common law that underpins commerce. The module will serve as an essential foundation for the other legal modules within the programme.

Logistics Systems
10 credits

This module examines planning, management and operational issues within the supply chain, with particular reference to applications of the principles to the international environment. It aims to provide an insight into the principles of logistics management with particular reference to its application in the global business environment.

Operations Research
10 credits

This module introduces a set of fundamental techniques and tools to assist in making better decisions in real world management/business problems. It will teach you how to model an operational problem in your business or organisation, how to select and apply a quantitative method to solve it, and how to interpret the results to make a better management decision. It aims to develop your ability to apply numerate operational research techniques to business problems.

Port Administration
10 credits

This module provides you with an overview of the global port industry and the evolving role of ports. You will explore the diverse functions of port authorities and examine the public interests and commercial factors that influence the administration of ports at national level, and governance of ports at the corporate level.

Port Business Strategy
10 credits

This module provides an appreciation of the role of ports in international trade and transport logistics. You will examine the commercial factors that influence port strategy and will have the opportunity to apply a range of management and business principles within the port context. The module aims to provide you with an insight into the strategic management of ports in dynamic, competitive environments.

Preparing for Project
10 credits

This module builds on the skills which you have acquired through your study of research skills. It enables you to prepare a project proposal with appropriate consideration of the theoretical background.

Research Skills
10 credits

This module covers effective literature searching and academic writing. It ensures that you are conversant with Harvard Referencing standards and that you can use it in such a way that avoids any implications of plagiarism in subsequent assessments. It aims to provide you with the basic research techniques and academic writing skills to equip you for effective study at Masters-level.

Export Trade Law
10 credits

This module seeks to identify and evaluate the commercial law basis for international contracts of export sales and carriage. It will examine how cargo claim conflicts arise, and how such disputes are settled. The module aims to develop an understanding of law and practice in relation to export sales and the movement of goods with particular reference to the carriage of goods by sea.

Information Management and Communication Systems
10 credits

This module introduces you to applications of position-finding technology and IT systems for port and transport industry. It aims to analyse the operation and impact of a wide-range of information technology applications within the maritime, ports and trade environment.

International Trade
10 credits

This module provides a thorough introduction to key contemporary concepts and practices in international trade, with particular reference to the roles of significant international trade bodies and their impact. It aims to develop an understanding of the key influences affecting the international trade market, with particular reference to the impact they have on global logistics flows.

Marine Insurance
10 credits

This module deals methodically with the established principles of the Marine Insurance Act 1906, and examines case law developments. It examines the options for alternative policy terms available via the Institute Clauses, and examines proposals for the reform of the 1906 Act. It aims to develop a working understanding of the law, principles and practice within the marine insurance profession.

Maritime Business and Management
10 credits

This module addresses a range of significant commercial and business practices within the ship management and shipbroking sectors. You will analyse a range of case studies to illustrate the salient points.

Maritime Finance and Economics
10 credits

In this module, you will examine pertinent issues relating to financial practice within the shipping sector, with appropriate reference to relevant macro- and micro-economic issues. It aims to develop a critical awareness of the economic environment in which ships are financed, traded and operated.

Maritime Law
10 credits

This module introduces you to “wet” maritime law, which complements commerce-based “dry” legal topics such as export trade law. It aims to provide an in-depth understanding of admiralty topics within maritime law.

Maritime Security
10 credits

This module examines a range of contemporary issues in the field of maritime and port security through the analysis of a series of relevant case studies. It aims to appraise a range of contemporary security issues affecting the maritime and port sectors, including an analysis of the effectiveness of mitigation policies and practices.

Project Management
10 credits

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.

Supply Chain Modelling
10 credits

Through the use of appropriate modelling techniques, this module evaluates supply chain operations in a quantitative way to allow for optimisation of performance. It aims to equip you to use a variety of quantitative methods to analyse and solve problems in logistics.


An insight into teaching on your course

Teaching methods

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.

Applied learning

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. 

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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. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Robyn Pyne

Robyn Pyne

Programme Leader

After undergoing Deck Officer Training in theUK Merchant Navy, Robyn undertook a BSc(Hons) Maritime Business and Maritime Law atPlymouth University. She then completed anMSc and PhD as part of an Economic and SocialResearch Council scholarship. This looked intothe implementation of the International MaritimeOrganisation’s Standards of Training Certificationand Watchkeeping (STCW) convention and itsimplementation at Maritime Higher Educationinstitutions in China. Robyn worked for a periodas a member of faculty at Dalian MaritimeUniversity in China, assisting with delivery of aWorld Maritime University MSc programme.

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.

School facilities

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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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree in an engineering discipline


  • an equivalent professional qualification with relevant work experience

Additional information:

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

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

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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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.

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.
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