2021/22 entry

BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Management - Top Up

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full-time home tuition fee: £9,250 per annum
Full-time international tuition fee: £16,100 per annum
Placement year fee (home student): £1,850 per annum
Placement year fee (international student): £3,650 per annum

All figures are subject to annual increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science

UCAS info

Points required: N/A

UCAS code: N910

Institute code: L51

Study mode

One Year Full Time

About your course

Completing the professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Management at Liverpool John Moores University will ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects in this global industry.

  • This is a 120 credit top up degree to be studied over one year, full time
  • Qualification recognised by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
  • Academic tutors provide a high level of support, and work with students to develop both their academic and professional skills
  • Close links with industry ensure the curriculum reflects current professional practice and industry demands, while industrial seminars and field visits help students engage with professional practice and working environments throughout their studies
  • Research and the transfer of expertise between the academic team and industry helps maintain relevance of course materials
  • The School hosts events with professional bodies which give students the opportunity to network with professionals in the sector
  • Campus location: City Campus
Additional course costs There are no costs for day field trips for core and optional modules. Residential field trips associated with core modules will include flights, in country travel and half-board accommodation costs. Optional field trips will have costs involved. Locations may be subject to change.

"The course equipped me with a strong commercial awareness of the shipping and logistics industry and provided me with the skills and confidence to secure my dream graduate job with the UK’s largest third party logistics provider"

Lewis Parry, graduate at Wincanton

Work-related learning

Work-related learning is a crucial element of your studies, and the best way to experience the maritime industry is by opting to undertake a year’s placement between your second and third years. We will match your needs to a suitable employer and you will then have the opportunity to put into practice all the skills and knowledge gained during the first two years of your course.
As well as giving you a chance to develop personal skills and earn a salary for a year, this experience will add real value to your CV and significantly boosts your employability prospects. If a year’s placement is not for you, we may be able to help with shorter placements, e.g. across the summer.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

From the moment you begin your studies at LJMU, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide one-to-one support and guidance. As well as discussing day-to-day course-related issues with you, they will help you to monitor your progress and start planning for your future career.

Should you decide to undertake a year-long placement, a placement tutor will liaise between you and potential employers and help you to find a suitable post. Once you are settled in your placement, you will have regular support from an academic staff member who will visit you in your workplace to check on progress.

If you plan to take the foundation course as a route onto the degree programme, this is recognised by student finance bodies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, so if you are a UK student and satisfy the standard eligibility criteria, you may qualify for financial support. Please contact the appropriate body for further details.

Course details

This BSc degree course has been designed for those who desire an in-depth knowledge of the maritime business world. With its law and business content, you will gain an understanding of this fascinating sector.

Most consumer goods have spent part of their journey from factory to shop on board a ship. The business of shipping is therefore pivotal to the world economy and spans a number of disciplines including commerce, economics, law, logistics and management. What’s more, job opportunities are numerous, whether you aspire to work in a business environment or closer to the world of ships and ports and - because this is an international job market - it could potentially take you all over the world.

We have a proud tradition of teaching maritime studies at LJMU, having originally provided courses as Liverpool Nautical College. However this course is firmly focused on the present and future needs of the maritime industry, with its state-of-the-art facilities, teaching from staff with extensive industrial experience and exciting work placement opportunities.

What you will study on this degree

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

  •  Maritime Finance and Economics
  • Project
  • Global Logistics and Transport
  • Applied Strategy and Marketing



  • Industrial Management
  • Law and Insurance



    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.

    Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

    Programme specification document (PDF)

    Teaching and work-related learning

    Excellent facilities and learning resources.

    Teaching is via a combination of lectures, interactive seminars and informal small-group tutorials, accounting for approximately 14-15 hours of your weekly study time. In addition, you will be expected to spend around 35 hours in private study. The balance of classroom to private study time alters once you reach your final year so that you can spend more time learning independently. Online learning materials can be accessed any time from our virtual learning environment, Canvas, and our library so you can study at a time and pace to suit you.

    Your lecturers

    lecturers subheading: Expert tuition and support.

    Many lecturers have held senior roles in the sector and are also members of the University’s Logistics Offshore and Marine Research Institute based within the School. This Institute conducts world-class research into ports and logistics, marine and offshore technology, risk management and navigation.

    Examples of current and recent projects include:   

    • marine traffic planning to increase capacity in traffic intensive waters
    • automation of container inspection to improve terminal efficiency
    • environmentally sustainable logistics supply chains
    • decision support tools for risk assessment in high risk industries (nuclear, offshore, fire and rescue, oil and gas)
    • courses for professionals in risk and safety and asset management

    Assessment and feedback

    Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

    Each module is individually assessed, either by exam and coursework or just coursework, depending on the subject. The more practical the module, the more likely it is that you will be continually assessed throughout the year. You will receive marks for each piece of work, as well as constructive feedback via Canvas, face-to-face or as written comments. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

    Entry requirements

    Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

    Minimum points required from qualifications


    Application and selection

    ​We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems
    If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you!  International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

    GCSE and equivalents

    Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number Prior to starting the programme

    A Levels

    • Minimum number of A Levels required:
    • Is general studies acceptable? N/A
    • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

    BTEC qualifications

    • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

    Access to Higher Education Diploma

    • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

    International Baccalaureate

    • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

    Welsh awards

    • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

    Irish awards

    • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

    Alternative qualifications considered

    ​This is a top-up programe and therefore designed for students who have completed previous academic study in this subect area. To secure entry to the programme, students will require either:

    240 credits (equivalent to levels 4 and 5) from a relevant degree programme.

    A Foundtion Degree (FD(A) / FD (SC)), in a relevant subject discipline.

    A HND in a relevant subject discipline.

    If you have any questions regrding your eigibility, please contact the Faculty f Enginering and Technology, for more information.

    Will I be interviewed?

    No interview required (UCAS application form only)


    6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

    Can this course be deferred?


    Is a DBS check required?


    Is RPL accepted on this programme?


    International requirements

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

    Finance and fees

    Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

    Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

    The information below relates to the 2021/22 academic year unless otherwise specified.

    LJMU scholarships

    Applications for all LJMU's scholarships are open to new full-time, Home undergraduate students that are liable to pay the full tuition fee. 

    Scholarships are not income assessed; they are awarded to applicants who are academically outstanding or to applicants who have excelled in other ways or supported work in your local community. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2021/22 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £5,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

    LJMU bursary

    The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2021/22 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

    LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

    Tuition fees

    The information below relates to both UK students studying in 2021/22.

    If you are interested in studying with us in 2021/22, 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.

    In 2021/22 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

    The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

    LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

    • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
    • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
    • UK field trips and other educational visits
    • student exchanges
    • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
    • Professional sector regulatory body membership

    ** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

    Living expenses (maintenance) loan

    In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

    The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

    For more information on student finance, eligibility and loan repayments go to: 

    www.gov.uk/studentfinance if you normally live in England
    www.studentfinancewales.co.uk if you normally live in Wales
    www.studentfinanceni.co.uk if you normally live in Northern Ireland
    www.SAAS.gov.uk if you normally live in Scotland

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    Paying back your student loans

    You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £26,575* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £26,575).*

    * Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

    Career prospects

    Graduates move into a wide variety of positions from marine underwriters, shipping business analysts, operations assistants, trainee ship brokers and trainee maritime lawyers to the management of freight forwarding, transport insurance and shipping companies as well as port terminal operation, in countries all around the world.

    The skills provided by this degree have also allowed recent graduates to move into management, administration and information technology positions. Examples of recent employers include Bibby Line, P&O Irish ferries, Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, and Liverpool and London P&I.

    Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

    We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

    Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

    A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

    Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

    Professional accreditation / links

    This degree programme is recognised by the Nautical Institute and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

    International Scholarships

    Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

    LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

    International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

    LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students – visit the International Study Centre.

    English language qualifications

    All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

    This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

    For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

    To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.

    Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
    International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
    Undergraduate degrees 6.0 57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
    MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

    English language support to improve IELTS

    If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

    Tuition fee deposits

    As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit.  See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment. 

    Living Costs

    When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

    In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

    We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

    Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

    If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

    You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

    Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

    Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

    Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS to apply for a Student visa. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

    Your visa application

    As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

    Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

    • Passport
    • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
    • Evidence of financial support for the programme
    • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
    • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
    • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

    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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