2023/24 entry

BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Management Top up Degree

Start date:
September 2023
Study mode:
Full time
Course Duration:
1 year
UCAS code:
Points required:

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
International (full-time):
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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Why study Maritime Business and Management Top up Degree at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • This programme is available for Level 6 entry only from September 2020
  • This degree programme is 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

About your course

This programme is available for Level 6 entry only from September 2020. 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.

Additional course costs
There are no costs for day field trips for core and optional modules. Optional field trips will have costs involved. Locations may be subject to change.

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.

"I was called to three interviews within weeks of completing my course. Two of these prospective employers were especially interested because the degree was from LJMU."

James Stephenson, graduate now working as a Superyacht Captain and Yacht Manager

Professional accreditation/links

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

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above 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 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 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 funding pages.


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.

CareerSmart Programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all 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 during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.

Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

What you will study on this degree

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.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules may also be included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Level 6

Core modules

40 credits

This module will allow you to develop your knowledge, skills and general expertise in relation to a technical, operational, management, business or policy topic related to their programme of study.

Strategic Management
20 credits

Within this module, you will critically appraise strategic management theory and practice and to strategically apply relevant marketing theories, models, concepts and techniques to a range of appropriate case studies.

Law And Insurance
20 credits

This module will provide an in-depth analysis of the topics of Admiralty Law and of the modern law of Marine Insurance.

Optional modules

Industrial Management
20 credits

This module is designed to develop the core management techniques required to design, implement and plan a new product or process.

Industrial Management
20 credits

Law And Insurance
20 credits

This module will provide an in-depth analysis of the topics of Admiralty Law and of the modern law of Marine Insurance.

Global Supply Chain Management and Multimodal Logistics
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of global supply chain management from the upstream functions of procurement and operations to the downstream decision making framework for the multimodal transportation of goods.

Maritime Finance and Economics
20 credits

The aim of the module is to develop a critical awareness of the economic environment in which ships are financed, traded and operated and to analyse a range of managerial issues in the maritime industry, with particular reference to the management of capital and the appraisal of investment.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

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.

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.

Your Lecturers
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 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.


What you can expect from your School

This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. Here you’ll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semester, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: N/A

240 credits from a degree or FD(A)/FD(Sc) in a relevant subject discipline

Higher national diploma
240 credits from a degree or FD(A)/FD(Sc) in a relevant subject discipline


Applicants offering other awards or combinations of unit, including equivalent overseas qualifications, will also
be considered for RPL/RPEL. All applicants will be considered on an individual basis
All applicants must have GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above (or equivalent).
Applicants requiring RPL/RPEL will be mapped against the equivalent of an LJMU DipHE in Nautical Science or
Maritime Business Management:

Mature entry
The award of credits via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning
(RPEL) will be assessed on an individual basis.

Overseas qualifications
An equivalent to year two of a British degree in a relevant subject.
Where English is not the applicant's first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 should have been achieved within the
two years prior to the application for the programme. (Other internationally recognised English Language tests
may also be considered.)

GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 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

A Levels

  • Is general studies acceptable? N/A
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

T Levels

  • T Level requirements: Not applicable

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.

Reduced Offer Scheme

As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.
Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​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.

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.