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Shipping Degrees

Preparing for a career in the shipping industry can mean a wide variety of things. Naturally an interest in sea travel is beneficial if you choose a degree in shipping. Studying toward a nautical or naval degree however by no means limits you to working at sea. There are plenty of onshore careers, where you will have good use for your knowledge of the shipping industry. Degrees related to the nautical industry include nautical science, naval architecture, and marine management to name a few.

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MBA - Shipping
Cyprus Institute of Marketing Ltd (BVI)
Master's degree
Online / distance learning
Gain a deep understanding of the world of the shipping, with this intensive MBA from CIM (BVI). Students of this...
Bachelor in Shipping Management
Cyprus Institute of Marketing Ltd (BVI)
Bachelor's degree
Online / distance learning
Through this BSc in Shipping Management, students will gain a comprehensive overview of shipping and its ever-increasing importance to the...
IMM - Maritime, International Transport & Logistics Management
KEDGE Business School
Master's degree
Marseille, France
The MSc in Maritime, International Transport & Logistics Management at KEDGE Business School in Marsaille, France is an education programme which...
MSc in Economics and Business (Urban, Port and Transport Economics)
Erasmus School of Economics
Master's degree
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Are you fascinated by transport, and its driving role in economic development? Do you enjoy the hustle and bustle of...
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Depending on your interests, there is a shipping degree for most anyone at any level. You can work with anything from designing marine vessels and sustainable propulsion as a naval architect to shipping logistics or managing staff on a luxury yacht in the Med with a more business related degree. So in other words, take your pick:

Nautical Science

Nautical Science is possibly the shipping degree that most often leads to a career at sea. Degrees within Nautical Science will often include quite a bit of practical work experience on various marine vessels. Careers are often well paid with good benefits. The most natural careers that follow are for example:

  • Ship's officer (junior ranks to captain)
  • Harbour pilot
  • Coastal Shipping
  • Marine consultant

Marine Management

Marine Management can be studied with various focus areas such as Merchant Shipping, Navigation and Naval Yachting.

Merchant Shipping is most directed toward a career as a merchant navy deck officer. Some graduates spend a lifetime at sea, whereas others use their skills in land based careers as surveyors, port managers, ship brokers or marine underwriting.

A degree in marine management directed toward navigation will be closely related to merchant shipping but not focused on the career path of merchant navy officer. Careers include for example software engineering, hydrographic work, the offshore oil industry and professional yachting.

The growth of the professional yachting industry has increased in the recent past with a number of superyachts being built for wealthy individuals and large corporations. This has created a need for trained professionals to manage and run these vessels - both at sea and on land within design and maintenance as well as brokerage in the sunny Mediterranean.

Naval Architecture

Naval architecture is in essence an engineering degree where you learn how to design, construct and repair marine vessels of all sizes. Large ships such as oil tankers, cruise ships and submarines are among the largest and most complex movable structures produced by human kind. The performance, longevity and safety of such vessels requires complex calculations and meticulous attention to detail.

Naval architects often hold a managerial role in large design and construction projects as well as hold the place of specialist competence in a wide variety of areas within engineering. Naval architects are commonly employed by ship yards, ship owners, design firms and consultancies, regulatory bodies, navies and governments.

A great perk of studying a shipping related degree is that many universities and colleges offering education within the field of shipping are located in sea side cities and towns. This often means that there is a well developed marine industry ready to welcome new graudates with the needed specialist knowhow and latest developments fresh in hand.