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Maritime, Coastal, Marine Engineering; Shipping, Logistics & Supply Chain Education at Plymouth

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The University of Plymouth is one of the UK's most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862. It is consistently ranked as one of the top three modern universities; Plymouth has over 30,000 students almost 3,000 staff an annual income of around £160 million.

The University is located at the heart of the city of Plymouth and plays a key role in the city’s cultural, economic and social life. Plymouth University is developing strong links with businesses and professional communities across the South West and the initiatives, such as Formation Zone support local business and helps develop new innovative ideas.

The School of Marine Science and Engineering at Plymouth University is multifaceted and the largest of its kind in Europe which contains approximately 80 academic staff, 1400 undergraduate and postgraduate taught students, and 90 MPhil/PhD research students. It has interests which span civil and coastal engineering, geography, marine biology, marine science, marine studies, and mechanical and marine engineering. Many of the courses are professionally accredited.

The International Shipping and Logistics Group (ISL), part of School of Management, focuses on sustainable business applications and governance issues within the contexts of international shipping, logistics, ports and supply chain management. The Group has an enviable reputation within industry for its courses and research. Many of its graduates are employed in international shipping and logistics businesses.

Academic Programs


Undergraduate Programs (Civil and Coastal Engineering)

  • BEng (Hons) & MEng (Hons) Civil and Coastal Engineering: With an unparalleled quality assessment in UK for Civil Engineering and a recognized strength in design and coastal engineering, this exciting course offers outstanding opportunities. Course Highlights: Currently accredited; Unique option in diving and underwater technology; Major options in structural design or coastal engineering; Available as MEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering or Civil and Coastal Engineering; and Selection for MEng (Hons) is in year two (decide which course then).

Undergraduate Programs (Marine Technology)

  • BEng (Hons) & MEng Marine Technology: This course develops the two key areas in marine technology: naval architecture and marine engineering. It offers a broad engineering and design education to prepare you for a rewarding career in the marine industry. The course is accredited by professional institutions and, with suitable training after university, lead to Chartered Engineer status.
  • BSc (Hons) Marine and Composites Technology: This course allows the development of knowledge and skills in key aspects of marine technology, particularly in naval architecture (the structure of marine vessels), marine engineering (marine plant and ship systems) and composites technology (advanced materials). Engineering design forms a strong theme throughout the course. This accredited degree can open doors to exciting careers in the marine industry.

Undergraduate Programs (Merchant Navy)

  • FdSc Navigation and Maritime Science (2 years+ optional placement): This degree will set you on course for a successful career as a maritime professional in the global maritime sector. Opt to follow a two year programme designed for students wishing to pursue a career in shore based maritime management; or follow an accredited three year programme that includes a year working at sea, and gain internationally recognised qualifications for professional seafarers in the merchant navy, yachting or superyacht industries.
  • BSc (Hons) Navigation and Maritime Science (3 years+ optional placement): This honours degree will set you on course for a successful career as a maritime professional in the global maritime sector. You could opt to follow a three year programme designed for students wishing to pursue a career in shore-based maritime management; or follow an accredited four year programme that includes a year working at sea, and gain internationally recognised qualifications for professional seafarers in the merchant navy, yachting or superyacht industries. You will gain a degree that’s accredited by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, and the Merchant Navy Training Board. You will gain hands-on experience, navigating our dedicated 13 metre sail and navigation training vessel on Plymouth Sound.

Undergraduate Programs (Shipping, Trade & Logistics/Supply Chain)

  • BA (Hons) International Trade and Operations Management (1 year top-up): This program enables students who have achieved a Foundation Degree in Business or a recognised equivalent to progress to an Honours degree, specialising in International Trade and Operations Management. The programme aims to: develop an appreciation of the global marketplace in which businesses operate and the implications of this for business decisions and operational culture; promote an in-depth knowledge and understanding of international trade and operations management; and enhance employability through a combination of academic analysis and the development of key skills.
  • BSc (Hons) International Supply Chain and Shipping Management (1 year top-up): This degree, on successful conclusion at an appropriate level allows entry onto the Masters degrees in International Shipping, International Logistics, Port Management and International Supply Chain Management. It contains all the four subjects of the current Masters portfolio. It is appropriate for students who have undertaken an appropriate Foundation Degree or have industrial experience linked to vocational qualifications. The course is linked and taught with stage 3 of the undergraduate course in Maritime Business and Logistics.
  • BSc (Hons) Maritime Transport and Logistics (1 year top-up): Study shipping policy and logistics in a city immersed in maritime heritage with our one year top-up degree. You’ll extend your existing experience or qualifications in the marine sector and graduate primed to study a related masters programme or enter an evolving global industry.
  • BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Logistics (3 years): This degree in will help prepare you for work in a global industry which is challenging, exciting and dynamic. The program has established a strong reputation in the maritime and related industries for the quality of students and its relevance to the industrial world. The balance of academic and vocational disciplines in the course will enhance your career opportunities. Students who have successfully completed the degree have found work in many areas associated with international shipping and logistics industries.
  • BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Maritime Law (3 years): A degree in Maritime Business with Law will help prepare you for work in a global industry which is challenging, exciting and dynamic. The program has established a strong reputation in the maritime and related industries for the quality of its students and its relevance to the industrial world. The University has links with many professional bodies, and the academic staff have relevant industrial and academic backgrounds.
  • BSc (Hons) Cruise Management (3 years): Created in collaboration with the industry's finest cruise companies, the program will help you to cultivate your professional hospitality management skills in cruise operations. You will emerge confident and eager for the responsibility of managing sophisticated floating resorts around the world.

Masters Programs (Coastal Engineering & Management)

  • MSc in Coastal Engineering (1 year + optional placement, part-time route available): This program is aimed at engineers or physical scientists intending to work in coastal engineering within government agencies, local authorities and engineering consultancies. The programs is suitable for engineers or physical scientists and those who associated with a large, internationally-recognized research group.
  • MA Applied Strategy (Maritime Security) - 1 year: Immerse yourself in the world of contemporary strategy and gain a deeper understanding of the factors influencing strategy development. Delivered by the Dartmouth Centre for Seapower and Strategy (DCSS) and its partner organizations, you will benefit from a wealth of expertise, and develop the kind of thinking and learning skills that are valuable for employment in the military and other policy-orientated professions, notably diplomacy, journalism, organizational management, and the NGO sector.

Masters Programs (Shipping, Logistics & Supply Chain)

  • MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management (1 year): Build the skills and competencies to help businesses manage the planning, production and delivery of their products and services. Learn how advanced operations management, modern and sustainable supply chains, and the flow of information therein have become the bedrock of competitive advantage in an ever changing global business environment. Become a confident professional in operations and supply chain management and make a decisive step towards securing a very exciting career.
  • MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management (1 year): Greatly enhance your employability in the maritime industries with a programme that includes options to study abroad, gain a dual award title, and join the Plymouth Nautical Degree Association (PYNDA) upon graduation. With this professionally accredited course you'll develop commercial focus through the visiting speakers program and benefit from a research and technology driven curriculum.
  • MSc International Procurement and Supply Chain Management (1 year): Prepare yourself for a management role within the international procurement and supply chain sectors with this flexible qualification. Take advantage of opportunities to study abroad and stand out to employers with a qualification accredited by the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport and recognised by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and The Nautical Institute. You’ll also benefit from a high profile visiting speakers program.
  • MSc International Shipping (1 year): Join a programme that combines over 30 years of international industry experience with a strong focus on commercial aspects of shipping, logistics and ports. Build industry connections through the visiting speakers programme and stand out to employers with a qualification accredited by the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport and recognised by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and The Nautical Institute.

Plynouth University Features


Plymouth University has a huge range of undergraduate degree programs designed specifically to improve students’ employability and career prospects. Program types are varied and include new two year degrees where students continue studying through the traditional summer vacation, and top-up degrees, which are designed for holders of three year diplomas. The university also offers a versatile range of taught masters programs, research degrees and professional doctorate programs which are supported and supervised by staffs who are international experts in their field.

  • Campus: Plymouth University is located in south west of the UK, on the border of the counties of Devon and Cornwall. It’s a good size city (about 300,000 people), with Dartmoor National Park on one side and the sea on the other. Plymouth can be reached from London by train in about 3 hours or by plane in 1 hour, and there are air links to other cities and ferry links to France and Spain.
  • Accreditation: Plymouth University is a public university and UK Border Agency (UKBA) highly trusted student sponsor. Many of the courses listed above are accredited by professional institutions such as Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and, with suitable training after university, lead to Chartered Engineer status.
  • Research: The RAE 2008 saw Plymouth named as a top 50 research University and the most improved with 80% of its research judged as being of international repute, meaning both the undergraduate and postgraduate students can be proud to be taught by, and work alongside world-class experts.
  • Europe's Largest Marine Institute: The University houses Europe's largest Marine Institute, with a dedicated world-class marine building being erected this year which will include state-of-the-art research facilities and new wave tank testing equipment that will be unique to the UK.
  • Enterprise Solutions Program: The University is an award-winning leader in knowledge transfer and through its Enterprise Solutions program which has helped many hundreds of businesses and over a thousand individuals.
  • Career Gateway: Career gateway is university’s careers and employability centre, and gateway to the University for information, advice and graduate recruitment activities. It is open to students, graduates, businesses, community groups, prospective students and members of the public. It is intended to be a gateway between the University and the city. The center offers professional one-stop information and advice for all the intended users.
  • Housing: Plymouth University offers all students the opportunity to live in good quality accommodation not just for the first year, but for the duration of their course, in a variety of housing. At present there are university allocated places for 60% of the first year students who apply for them.

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