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Nautical Science, Marine & Offshore Engineering, and Maritime, Port & Logistics Management Education at LJMU

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Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has a heritage dating back to 1825. It is the 10th largest UK University with over 24,000 students in Liverpool and a further 4,500 overseas. Over 80 countries are represented in LJMU’s student population. LJMU was awarded the 2005 Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, the highest honor a British university can achieve.

LJMU is one of the leading research-active contemporary universities in the UK with the recent RAE 2008 results confirming World-leading and internationally-excellent research quality right across the Institution. LJMU is also one of the top universities in the UK for links with business and industry. It is a leading university for entrepreneurship training and support for graduate start-up businesses.

LJMU has introduced a globally unique model of Higher Education, called WOW® or World of Work. WoW’s emphasis on work-related learning, skills development and employer engagement means that LJMU graduates are becoming some of the most sought after in the UK and overseas, equipped as they are with the real world’ skills that employers value and/or the knowhow to establish their own businesses.

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Academic Programs


Undergraduate Programs

  • BSc (Hons) in Nautical Science (4 years, including periods of work based learning at sea): The BSc Nautical Science degree is the first step towards being a Captain on a cruise liner taking passengers around the world or navigating a 500,000 tonne merchant ship. The content of the degree course provides the industry approved knowledge for a deck officer and Captain of a commercial ship. The course is designed to be integrated with professional short courses and 12 months training at sea so that, after four years, the successful student will have obtained not only an honours degree but also a UK Department of Transport Officer of Watch (OOW) certificate.
  • BSc (Hons) in Transport and Logistics Management (3 years full time or 4 years with one year spent on industrial placement): LJMU’s well-established degree in Management, Transport and Logistics has a proven track record of producing graduates well suited to move rapidly into positions of responsibility within the sector. The three year program introduces students to the Transport and Logistics discipline and builds up expertise to produce graduates who are highly sought after within the jobs market. As well as the core academic principles, the program places a strong emphasis upon developing transferable skills.
  • BSc (Hons) in Maritime Business and Management (3 years full time or 4 years with one year spent on industrial placement): The BSc in Maritime Business and Management is designed, and taught, by leading academics in the field. The program develops a broad range of both theoretical knowledge and practical skills with the aim of helping graduates to succeed in their chosen career.

Masters Programs

  • MSc Marine and Offshore Engineering (1 Year Full Time, 2 Years Part Time): This MSc program in Marine and Offshore Engineering provides a progression point from undergraduate programs in the area of mechanical and marine engineering. It is supported by research activities of national and international significance in the areas of Marine and Offshore Engineering, Engineering Design and Materials, Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Precision Measurement.
  • MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management (1 year Full-time): Learn to analyse and evaluate business, financial and management strategies as they apply to Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Study on a year-long, modular programme with each module delivered over a period of five to six weeks. Programme is allied with the work of the Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine (LOOM) Research Institute
  • MSc in International Transport, Trade and Logistics (1 Year Full Time, 2 Years Part Time): International trade is one of the biggest sectors of the global economy and it is taking on even greater importance with the development of burgeoning economies that are taking responsibility for the manufacturing sector. You will complete the following modules as part of the program: International Trade, Transport and Logistics; Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management; International Transport Systems; Maritime and Trade Law; Operational Research and Information Technology; and Research Methods.
  • MSc in Maritime Operations Management (1 Year Full Time, 2 Years Part Time): MSc program is a dynamic, contemporary program designed to meet the ever changing needs of the Maritime 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.
  • MSc in Port Management (1 Year Full Time, 2 Years Part Time): The MSc Port Management has been designed with the help of professionals within Peel Ports which is one of the largest Port Operators in the UK owning the Ports of Liverpool and Manchester as well as Medway Ports and Clyde Port. Graduates from the course will be able to move into Port management worldwide as the program covers the detail of container and bulk port operations at a postgraduate level as well as the personnel issues ensuing from the management of port labor.
  • MSc in Policing, Port and Maritime Security (1 Year Full Time, 2 Years Part Time): The Policing, Port and Maritime program is specifically designed to address the skills gap identified by the police service in relation to quantitative research. Taught by lecturers with academic and professional backgrounds in policing and research, you will explore and engage with policing debates at national, international and transnational level.

Research Programs

  • Postgraduate Research (MPhil & PhD): Expert supervision is offered in the following areas with Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering - Marine and offshore engineering, Maritime transport and logistics, Marine risk and safety management etc. You can study for an MPhil full time over one or two years or part time over two to four years. Progressing from an MPhil (and including MPhil registration), you can study for a PhD full time over 33 to 48 months or part time over 45 to 84 months. If you are taking a direct route PhD, you can study full time over two to three years or part time over three to six years.

LJMU Features


LJMU is a vibrant university located at the heart of one of the UK’s most exciting cities. Awarded the European Capital of Culture 2008 in recognition of its rich history and cultural standing, Liverpool continues to go from strength to strength. With world class architecture and more listed buildings than any city outside London, Liverpool was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004. These inspiring surroundings are juxtaposed with Liverpool’s visible investment in an exciting future, as new developments and award winning structures reshape the city’s skyline

  • Campus: LJMU is located at Liverpool, just 178 miles (286 km) from London and easily accessible by road and other modes of transport.
  • Liverpool Maritime Academy: The Liverpool Maritime Academy is an international centre of excellence in maritime education and professional training and education. The Institute works collaboratively with industry and regulatory organisations.
  • LJMU Maritime Centre: The LJMU Maritime Centre is part of LJMU and currently provides the facilities to meet the training needs of the maritime industry. The center offers a full range of navigational and ship-handling courses.
  • Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine (LOOM) Research Institute: Research in maritime logistics and freight transportation is managed under the aegis of LOOM and has made significant contributions to the modernisation and productivity of the marine industries.
  • Accreditation: LJMU is a public university and UK Border Agency (UKBA) highly trusted student sponsor. Many of the programs are recognized/Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers; the British International Freight Association, the Nautical Institute, the Institute of Export, the Chartered Institute of Insurance and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
  • Earn While You Learn: International student can work part time for up to 20 hours a week during each semester (subject to any visa restrictions) and for an unlimited time during vacations whilst at LJMU. The Workbank provides a free service to all LJMU students. They are easily located and based within the Students' Union, and will help you to find a wide range of suitable, paid employment opportunities.
  • Professional Skills and Experience: As part of your degree studies you will also have the opportunity to become expert in up to eight graduate skills. These have been identified by LJMU in collaboration with employers as being applicable to a wide variety of professions and careers.
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship: LJMU has established a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship to support students and graduates who want to set up their own businesses. Competition to win one of the Enterprise Fellowships is increasing year on year. 
  • Housing: For most new students, the best option in your first year at university is a bedroom in purpose-built student accommodation in Liverpool city-centre. LJMU has 3,500 bedrooms of this type and hence able to guarantee a bedroom to all new students who request one.

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