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MSc Port Management

Start date(s):
September, January
Study mode:
Course duration:
1 year FullTime, 2 years FullTime

Tuition fees

Home full-time per year
International full-time per year
International year 1
International year 2
Sandwich year international
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About this course

LJMU provides training, education and research to the maritime sector. This Port Management MSc reflects almost 125 years of experience and excellence in the sector.

  • Study at one of the UKs leading Maritime higher education providers
  • Follow a curriculum informed by world-leading research plus links with the regional Mersey Maritime cluster, and the UK-wide maritime industry
  • After graduating, enjoy exemptions from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers chartered membership examinations
  • Access an international centre of excellence in maritime education, professional training and applied research

Developed and delivered by our highly qualified and respected academic team, the programme combines specialist knowledge with relevant industrial experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise, as well as our well-established links with the industry, will help to ensure that you are well prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges of this expanding sector.

The programme provides you with a rounded viewof the management of ports and port terminals and the wider logistics industry.As part of the programme you gain the tools to be an effective project managerof port operations. The curriculum will cover container and bulk portoperations, and you will learn to analyse how national and internationalgovernance affect a port's management. You will also have the option to studylaw, and risk and asset management and broaden your experience with employervisits and lectures from guest speakers.

This programme is also available as a 2 year (240 credit) option. This consists of the standard 120 credits of taught modules plus 60 credits of MSc project, accompanied by an additional 60 credits. This can be taken as either a single semester group design project (a current module) or a sandwich placement year of 30 weeks (a current module).

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • access to programme-appropriate software
  • library and student IT support
  • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Recent graduates from this programme have undertaken roles incorporating port management and operations and are working in consultancy, for regulatory bodies and international logistics and supply chain businesses.

The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Core modules

Research Methods
10 credits

The aims of this module are to develop the students’ ability to formulate a coherent and well- designed research project and associated proposal. The module also aims to develop the skills required to critically analyse and evaluate research findings and the effective presentation of the results.

MSc Project
60 credits

This module requires you to refine your aims, objectives and programme of work, and undertake research work with academic supervision. You will prepare a dissertation that demonstrates the appropriate application of research techniques in a suitable subject area at postgraduate level.

Project Management
10 credits

The central theme of this module is the management of projects using known standards and methodologies. You are given the opportunity to develop your skills in industry-standard project software and demonstrate your ability through a time-constrained exercise. It aims to develop a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of managing projects.

International Trade and Global Transport Systems
20 credits

This module will help you develop an understanding of the key influences affecting the international trade market, with particular reference to the impact they have on global logistics flows, and an insight into freight transport operations on an international scale, with particular reference to the role of intermodality, the law and practice in relation to export sales and the movement of goods.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management
20 credits

This module provides an insight into the principles of logistics and supply chain management with particular reference to its application in the global business environment.

Port Management and Security
20 credits

This module provides students with an overview of the global port industry and the evolving role of ports. Students will gain appreciation of the diverse functions of port authorities and examine the public interests and commercial factors that influence the administration of ports at national level, and governance of ports at the corporate level. This module examines a range of contemporary issues in the field of maritime and port security through the analysis of a series of relevant case studies. Students are introduced to some of the overarching legislation and are able to appraise its effectiveness.

Optional Modules

Maritime and Offshore Safety Analysis
20 credits

This module aims to enable you to understand and implement the requirements of formal safety design, assessment and review in marine, offshore and port areas.

Group Design Project
60 credits

This module will enable you to apply engineering, technology and scientific knowledge to a real-world design problem.

Marine Maintenance and Asset Management
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide knowledge about how the maintenance and repair of an offshore installation, vessel or a fleet of vessels is managed. In particular, it is intended to consider the lifecycle of a vessel and how maintenance is planned, scheduled and executed.

Operations Research
20 credits

This module introduces a set of fundamental techniques and tools to assist engineers and managers in making better decisions on real world management/business problems.

Maritime Economics and Management
20 credits

The module is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the topics including chartering, finance, ship management, and operational considerations, which a shipping executive could deal with on a routine basis.

Law and Marine Insurance
20 credits

This module introduces students to core principles of law with ‘wet’ maritime law, serving as an example of how civil and criminal liabilities can arise from the marine business. Having considered these liabilities, examination is made of established principles of the Marine Insurance. Analysis of the Marine Insurance Act 1906 and the implications of the Insurance Act 2015 reforms are made using case law developments. The options for alternative policy terms available via the Institute Clauses are also reviewed.

Chartering and Carriage of Goods Law
20 credits

This module develops students understanding of legal issues through an applied examination of carriage of goods and export sales

Sandwich Year Placement
60 credits

Within this module you will have the chance to carry out an extended period of work experience at an approved partner that will complement your programme of study at LJMU.

This will give you the opportunity to develop professional skills relevant to your programme of study as well as the attitude and behaviours necessary for employment in a diverse and changing environment.

Marine Technology Management
20 credits


An insight into teaching on your course

Teaching methods

You will gain knowledge on this course through lectures and directed student-centred learning, such as case studies. You will also need to complete open-ended reports and project work to demonstrate your understanding of topics.

Applied learning

You will have access to employer visits and listen to speakers from industry which will allow you to broaden your experience and increase your contacts to further enhance your employability.


How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

On this programme you will be assessed through a combination of coursework including case study reports, assignments and short class tests. Some modules also include problem solving tests through unseen written exams.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Something I enjoy in my role is the international and multidisciplinary learning environment offered in the department, and the contribution our students make to this. We have a wealth of academic and industry expertise and produce graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours. Our students are able to develop and technical knowledge and skills, and the appropriate Logistics and Maritime Management business acumen.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The Department of Maritime and Mechanical Enginering is located in the Byrom Street site of LJMU's City Campus. In addition to specialist engineering facilities, Byrom Street has high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus a large café and social spaces. The Avril Robarts Library is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.


Entry requirements

You will need:

Qualification requirements

Undergraduate degree

  • An honours degree or equivalent in Maritime, Transport, Logistics, Business, Management or related studies -Applicants with an unclassified degree and significant relevant industrial experience may be considered

Alternative qualifications considered

  • Evidence of experiential learning in the maritime industry, such as a Master Mariner certificate


  • Other qualifications considered by the course team to be of similar academic level to the above


  • a non-UK equivalent qualification

International requirements


    • IELTS English language requirement: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)

Further information

  • Extra Requirements
  • RPL

    • RPL is accepted on this programme

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

You need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark on the programme and to complete it within the time limits. You should provide evidence, at the interview stage, of your learning capabilities and commitment to a postgraduate programme of study.

Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed. In exceptional circumstances applications by mature healthcare practitioners without sufficient qualifications will be considered.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.