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Maritime & Logistics Management, and Shipping Degree Programs & Maritime Logistics Executive Education at HSBA Hamburg, Germany

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Founded in 2004, HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration is a private business school located in Hamburg and provides internationally-oriented dual Bachelors and Masters degree programs. With over 900 students and 250 cooperating companies, the cooperative bachelors education model where students spend alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time employment in the sponsoring company. Students receive a monthly salary, and most of the cooperating companies take over (part of) the tuition fees.

HSBA's study programs are accredited by the FIBAA Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation and the German Council of Science and Humanities. HSBA's main building offers more than 50 light and comfortable seminar, computer and group rooms as well as a branch of the library called Commerzbibliothek with reading and working rooms.

Academic & Executive Programs


Training Courses

Bachelors Degree Programs (German)

  • BSc Maritime Management (3 years): The dual Maritime Management degree offers a practice-based business administration degree with a special focus on the maritime industry alongside organized company training. In addition to the fundamentals of business administration, the course teaches selected industry-specific contents and covers specific shipping-related topics such as Maritime Law and Ship Management. The partner companies are generally companies from the maritime industry.
  • BSc Logistics Management (3 years): The dual study program Logistics Management offers practically oriented Business Administration studies with a special focus on the logistics sector, combined with simultaneous systematic in-company training. It provides not only the fundamentals of Business Administration, but also selected contents from the specific logistics angle, adding modules such as Supply Chain Management, Transport Planning, and Production & Warehousing Logistics. The cooperation partners are mostly logistics companies.

Masters Degree Program (English)

  • MBA Shipping (Regular 24 months, Fast Track 12 months): The MBA Shipping Program is focused on business development in the shipping industry and related industries. The program provides the students with the necessary knowledge, analytical skills and competences regarded as essential for extraordinary managerial performance in the maritime industry. The course is taught and assessed in English.

Maritime & Logistics Seminars (English)

  • Acquisition of Tonnage (8 hours): The analysis covers all asset markets, i.e. the markets of newbuildings, second-hand ships, and demolition, as well as discusses all relevant templates used widely and extensively in the market.
  • Chartering & Revenue Planning (16 hours): The aim of the seminar is to introduce the participants into chartering, its practice and its financial implications.
  • Corporate Procurement (40 hours): The seminar starts with a theoretical introduction to procurement as a corporate function and a detailed explanation of strategic purchasing.
  • International Trade & Commodities (16 hours): This seminar provides a primer in the causes and consequences of international trade. It discusses current trade patterns and explains these utilizing models of trade theory and international economics.
  • Liner Shipping (8 hours): The aim is to clarify and scientifically explain the evolution of liner shipping as well as of the related theoretical approach. Moreover, the modern decision-making is explained through illustrative numerical examples. Finally, the role of the ports as well as of the regulatory framework will be analyzed.
  • Maritime Business (60 hours): A compact overview of economic and political framework conditions in the maritime sector as well as an introduction to logistics systems and transport planning enhance decision-making skills in companies in the maritime business.
  • Maritime Law & Insurance (80 hours): This seminar provides an overview of all major legal and insurance law aspects of shipping.
  • Maritime Policy (16 hours): It is the aim of this seminar to clarify the international maritime policy regime, the drivers and the decision-making processes, as well as to explore the impact of certain policies.
  • Quality & Performance of Ship Management (8 hours): The aim of this seminar is to introduce participants to the contemporary challenges of ship management and provide insight of techniques used by the leading operators or asked by the top-tier customers.
  • Optimization of Networks (24 hours): The focus of this seminar is on mathematical modeling of these networks and on the application of solvers to find optimal solutions.
  • Ship Management (40 hours): After an introductory discussion of the current political and legal framework conditions on the shipping markets as well as the strategic significance of the shipping industry, the seminar turns to ship financing and ship banking. Participants are given a more in-depth knowledge of different tools for ship financing and credit monitoring.
  • Tramp Shipping Analysis (8 hours): The participants shall revisit or gain advanced knowledge in the field of tramp shipping economics. The aim is to clarify and scientifically explain concepts, often misused, such as of the ‘shipping cycles’ and ‘slow steaming’, as well as to present the classical model of demand and supply and the derived quest of optimum speed and employment scheme.

Summer School on Maritime & Logistics

This 6 days summer course will provide you with first insights into maritime and logistics topics and give you a broad overview of the sector and current topics. Topics will include, amongst others:

  • Introduction into the German Maritime Cluster
  • Market Dynamics: Opportunities and Threats
  • Ship Finance in German
  • Maritime Policy: German, EU and beyond
  • Innovation and Digitalization in Shipping
  • Introduction to Hamburg as a Logistics Hub
  • Globalization and Supply Chains

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