Bachelor in Maritime Business

Our online Shipping Bachelor’s Degree program is ideal for achieving a high-caliber career in the shipping industry.

  • Duration
    FULL TIME
    1 year
  • Format
    Online
  • Language
    English
  • Start date
    Contact us
    to learn more


Bachelor in Maritime Business

Our online Shipping Bachelor’s Degree program is ideal for achieving a high-caliber career in the shipping industry.

  • Duration
    FULL TIME
    1 year
  • Format
    Online
  • Language
    English
  • Start date
    Contact us
    to learn more


Overview

Aimed at Maritime professionals with work experience but without a prior Bachelor’s degree, this demanding conversion degree offers the opportunity for a richer theoretical understanding of the Ship Management industry. The Bachelor’s degree in Shipping can be completed within one year, and act as a stepping stone towards the Master’s degree in Shipping.

Explicitly developed as a distance learning degree, this Bachelor’s degree is designed to meet the needs of professionals who are unable to attend regularly taught classes but wish to obtain a theoretical background on the major issues facing the Ship Management industry.

  Format
Online + live video sessions + physical teaching twice per year per global location

INTERNSHIP
Optional internship in Greece for top 1% scorers

  Enrolment Periods (3 per academic year)

For the Academic Years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023, all applicants that meet the qualifications and requirements for BCA’s online MSc in Shipping course, may select one of the following enrollment periods:

ENTRY PERIOD CLASSES START
Summer 2022 6th June 2022
Autumn 2022 17th October 2022
Spring 2023 6th February 2023
Summer 2023 5th June 2023

TUITION

€8.000

Payable prior to the commencement of the Programme

€8.500

Payable in 2 installments of 4.250

Aimed at Maritime professionals with work experience but without a prior Bachelor’s degree, this demanding conversion degree offers the opportunity for a richer theoretical understanding of the Ship Management industry. The Bachelor’s degree in Shipping can be completed within one year, and act as a stepping stone towards the Master’s degree in Shipping.

Explicitly developed as a distance learning degree, this Bachelor’s degree is designed to meet the needs of professionals who are unable to attend regularly taught classes but wish to obtain a theoretical background on the major issues facing the Ship Management industry.

  Format
Online + live video sessions + physical teaching twice per year per global location

INTERNSHIP
Optional internship in Greece for top 1% scorers

  Enrolment Periods (3 per academic year)

For the Academic Years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023, all applicants that meet the qualifications and requirements for BCA’s online MSc in Shipping course, may select one of the following enrollment periods:

ENTRY PERIOD CLASSES START
Summer 2022 6th June 2022
Autumn 2022 17th October 2022
Spring 2023 6th February 2023
Summer 2023 5th June 2023


TUITION

€8.000

Payable prior to the commencement of the Programme

€8.500

Payable in 2 installments of 4.250

Curriculum

The course module provide balanced learning of advanced theories and practical knowledge. We have designed this program to be flexible and can be tailored to focus on specific job areas through the selection of modules offering both advanced understanding of international shipping, as well as practical skills and knowledge of the current issues facing the shipping industry.

Autumn Semester

 

Students will be introduced to the discipline of Management and its four functions (planning, organizing, leadership, control) along with the foundations and modern methods of business planning. Management planning tools and techniques for decision making will be utilized and applied in ship operations, technical, crew, compliance, communications, and financial management. People Management principles are also explored as applied to a shipping business. Moreover, the basic principles of safety and quality management systems will be analyzed and applied to the shipping industry. ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) principles are applied to a shipping business within a management system approach incorporating industry best practices guidelines with a clear emphasis on the Environmental pillar in accordance with IMO 2050 targets.

Laws, Rules and Regulations are the tools, through which Policies are being implemented. In the shipping industry, IMO is the main Policy Maker globally, but its resolutions have to become national laws, in order to be applied. Other Maritime Policy Makers (through establishment of Rules and Regulations) are the European Union, the USA and other major countries. But regarding Rules and Regulations these are not the only ones. International Organisations (ILO, ISO) and Industry Organisations (OCIMF, RightShip) are also key players both in establishing regulations and ensuring compliance with them.

Spring Semester

 

The module offers an introduction to shipping law and the key legal elements to be encountered. Students will have the opportunity to get familiar with the shipping law and practice through both theory as well as case-study examples. They will learn the core laws that govern the marine affairs, the basic shipping conventions, the legal risks and implications of a casualty and what insurance products are available to counter these risks, i.e., essential knowledge both for preventions as well as handling/mitigation purposes.

The module provides students with the knowledge regarding the financial policy of shipping companies with emphasis on investment programmes, capital structure, cost of capital and pay out policy. Furthermore, it focuses on topics such as: leasing, financing expansion, collaterals used in finance, cash flow analysis, syndicated loans, project finance for new ships, financing new ships – commercial funds, financing second – hand vessels and conversions, financial appraisal of new projects, the importance and the role of using foreign currencies. Additionally, it analyses the capital markets, the equity (ipo’s) and debt finance. Furthermore, modern types and methods of financing shipping companies (e.g. Islamic Finance) are discussed and assessed. The nature of the risk in shipping industry is also identified and analysed along with the significance of financial risk management including the following: freight rate risk, ships value at risk, bunker price risk, interest rate risk and exchange rate risk.

Year-long

The module exposes students to contemporary perspectives in academic research, and in particular focuses on developing a range of skills affecting the identification and formulation of project titles. Special focus is placed on the critical review of available literature and information resources, the use of online databases and other sources. Emphasis is given to the methods used in scientific research, reviewing a range of statistical and non-statistical methods of analyses appropriate for projects in terms of both qualitative and quantitative research. Finally, students will become aware of any research issues associated with conducting research.

Curriculum

The courses within this degree provide balanced learning of advanced theories and practical knowledge. We have designed this program to be flexible and can be tailored to focus on specific job areas through the selection of modules offering both advanced understanding of international shipping, as well as practical skills and knowledge of the current issues facing the shipping industry.

Autumn Semester

Maritime Business Management

Students will be introduced to the discipline of Management and its four functions (planning, organizing, leadership, control) along with the foundations and modern methods of business planning. Management planning tools and techniques for decision making will be utilized and applied in ship operations, technical, crew, compliance, communications, and financial management.  People Management principles are also explored as applied to a shipping business. Moreover, the basic principles of safety and quality management systems will be analyzed and applied to the shipping industry. ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) principles are applied to a shipping business within a management system approach incorporating industry best practices guidelines with a clear emphasis on the Environmental pillar in accordance with IMO 2050 targets.

International Maritime Policy and Regulations

Laws, Rules and Regulations are the tools, through which Policies are being implemented. In the shipping industry, IMO is the main Policy Maker globally, but its resolutions have to become national laws, in order to be applied. Other Maritime Policy Makers (through establishment of Rules and Regulations) are the European Union, the USA and other major countries. But regarding Rules and Regulations these are not the only ones. International Organisations (ILO, ISO) and Industry Organisations (OCIMF, RightShip) are also key players both in establishing regulations and ensuring compliance with them.

Spring Semester

Maritime Law

The module offers an introduction to shipping law and the key legal elements to be encountered. Students will have the opportunity to get familiar with the shipping law and practice through both theory as well as case-study examples. They will learn the core laws that govern the marine affairs, the basic shipping conventions, the legal risks and implications of a casualty and what insurance products are available to counter these risks, i.e., essential knowledge both for preventions as well as handling/mitigation purposes.

Financial Management

The module provides students with the knowledge regarding the financial policy of shipping companies with emphasis on investment programmes, capital structure, cost of capital and pay out policy. Furthermore, it focuses on topics such as: leasing, financing expansion, collaterals used in finance, cash flow analysis, syndicated loans, project finance for new ships, financing new ships – commercial funds, financing second – hand vessels and conversions, financial appraisal of new projects, the importance and the role of using foreign currencies. Additionally, it analyses the capital markets, the equity (ipo’s) and debt finance. Furthermore, modern types and methods of financing shipping companies (e.g. Islamic Finance) are discussed and assessed. The nature of the risk in shipping industry is also identified and analysed along with the significance of financial risk management including the following: freight rate risk, ships value at risk, bunker price risk, interest rate risk and exchange rate risk.

Autumn/Spring Semester

Maritime Business Project

The module exposes students to contemporary perspectives in academic research, and in particular focuses on developing a range of skills affecting the identification and formulation of project titles. Special focus is placed on the critical review of available literature and information resources, the use of online databases and other sources. Emphasis is given to the methods used in scientific research, reviewing a range of statistical and non-statistical methods of analyses appropriate for projects in terms of both qualitative and quantitative research. Finally, students will become aware of any research issues associated with conducting research.

What you’ll learn

By getting a Bachelors in Shipping you will be better prepared for your professional career in the Shipping industry going forward.

How to navigate any job within the Shipping sector

Become a professional in the field of Maritime studies

How & When to apply theory in real-life situations

you may face on the job, practical knowledge, and skills

to tackle current issues facing the shipping industry

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

Students are formally assessed through the submission of coursework. The forms of coursework depend on the characteristics of each module and may include the following types of assessments:
case study, essay, report, dissertation, market analysis,project output, valuation, etc.

In addition each module incorporates multiple self-assessment tests. Self-assessment tests are not part of the summative assessment but completion is strongly encouraged as students will be able to monitor and evaluate their learning process and identify areas requiring improvement.

FINAL AWARD

BSc Maritime Business – 120 credits
As per university regulations.

What you’ll learn

By getting a Bachelors in Shipping you will be better prepared for your professional career in the Shipping industry going forward.

How to navigate any job within the Shipping sector

Become a professional in the field of Maritime studies

How & When to apply theory in real-life situations

you may face on the job, practical knowledge, and skills

to tackle current issues facing the shipping industry

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

Students are formally assessed through the submission of coursework. The forms of coursework depend on the characteristics of each module and may include the following types of assessments:
case study, essay, report, dissertation, market analysis,project output, valuation, etc.

In addition each module incorporates multiple self-assessment tests. Self-assessment tests are not part of the summative assessment but completion is strongly encouraged as students will be able to monitor and evaluate their learning process and identify areas requiring improvement.

FINAL AWARD

BSc Maritime Business – 120 credits
As per university regulations.

Admission Requirements

Applying to the Online BSc Shipping programme takes only 4 simple steps.

EDUCATIONAL / WORKING EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Potential candidates should fall in one of the following categories:

  1. Cadets, having completed two rounds of sea service
  2. Seafarers with an incomplete degree, diploma from vocational institutes of 2-year studies, CertHE or equivalent, and with at least two years of relevant work experience.
  3. University graduates holding a degree in a different subject wishing to use this programme as a conversion course.

English Language Qualifications:

Applicants can sit through BCA’s online English test. See a sample test here. There is no need for a test if you possess one of the following:

  • IELTS: a minimum score of 5.5 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component of the test)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): Pass at C1 level
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): C and above
  • Cambridge English: First (FCE): B and above
  • Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE): P (Pass) and above
  • Pearson Academic (PTE): 53 (with a minimum score of 51 in each component of the test)
  • Other English language qualifications may be considered.

DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS

Before completing the Online Application, please make sure that you possess the following documents for your own convenience:

  • Proof of Academic Qualification
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Photocopy of identification card or Passport
  • One passport-size photograph
  • Proof of Work Experience (where necessary)
  • CV or resume

Non-Standard Applications

Applicants to the programme will normally be expected to meet all entry requirements of the programme. When an applicant narrowly fails to meet the programme’s entry requirements for level 6, they may still be considered for a conditional admission. An example could be that applicant tries a couple of modules at the level.  Should they be successful in those modules, they may be then given unconditional admission status.

Applications for Standalone Modules

Applicants for standalone modules will normally be expected to meet all entry requirements of the programme. Students successfully completing up to 40 credits or 2 standalone modules, will then be asked to transfer their credits to the course, should they wish to continue their studies and get a UWL award.

Admission Requirements

Applying to the Online BSc Shipping programme takes only 4 simple steps.

EDUCATIONAL / WORKING EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Potential candidates should fall in one of the following categories:

  1. Cadets, having completed two rounds of sea service
  2. Seafarers with an incomplete degree, diploma from vocational institutes of 2-year studies, CertHE or equivalent, and with at least two years of relevant work experience.
  3. University graduates holding a degree in a different subject wishing to use this programme as a conversion course.

English Language Qualifications:

Applicants can sit through BCA’s online English test. See a sample test here. There is no need for a test if you possess one of the following:

  • IELTS: a minimum score of 5.5 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component of the test)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): Pass at C1 level
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): C and above
  • Cambridge English: First (FCE): B and above
  • Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE): P (Pass) and above
  • Pearson Academic (PTE): 53 (with a minimum score of 51 in each component of the test)
  • Other English language qualifications may be considered.

DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS

Before completing the Online Application, please make sure that you possess the following documents for your own convenience:
Proof of Academic Qualification
Proof of English Language Proficiency
Two Letters of Recommendation
Photocopy of identification card or Passport
One passport-size photograph
Proof of Work Experience (where necessary)
CV or resume

Non-Standard Applications

Applicants to the programme will normally be expected to meet all entry requirements of the programme. When an applicant narrowly fails to meet the programme’s entry requirements for level 6, they may still be considered for a conditional admission. An example could be that applicant tries a couple of modules at the level.  Should they be successful in those modules, they may be then given unconditional admission status.

Applications for Standalone Modules

Applicants for standalone modules will normally be expected to meet all entry requirements of the programme. Students successfully completing up to 40 credits or 2 standalone modules, will then be asked to transfer their credits to the course, should they wish to continue their studies and get a UWL award.

FAQs

Upon successful completion of the BSc Maritime Business Degree, students shall receive a degree from the University of West London, as well as a certificated of completion from BCA college

Your tuition shall cover all HD educational videos, plus online video lectures and bi annual physical lectures in select locations around the world.

Upon successful completion of the BSc degree, students shall be able to proceed with the online Masters degree in Shipping.

Yes, a minimum of 3 years work experience in the wider maritime industry, plus a good command of the english language.