Online Shipping Master's Degree

THE PROGRAMME

The Online Shipping Master's Degree programme is ideal for achieving a high caliber career in the shipping industry. Developed specifically as a distance learning course, it is designed to meet the needs of graduates and professionals who are unable to attend regular taught classes, but wish to obtain an in-depth shipping education and knowledge of the traditional, yet developing maritime sector.

The maritime courses comprising the MSc Shipping, provide a balanced amount of advanced theories and practical knowledge. The online shipping master's degree programme is designed to be flexible and can be “tailored” to focus on specific job areas, through the selection of various choice modules. The programme composition is suitable for maritime professionals (offered on board via Infinity) and shipping graduates aspiring to expand their knowledge and skills as well as graduates of other academic backgrounds seeking a demanding conversion course. The programme structure offers both advanced knowledge of international shipping as well as practical skills and knowledge of current issues of shipping.


Full Time: 1 year
Part Time: normally 2 years, maximum 5 years

Programme Structure

Maritime Regulations

The Maritime Regulations module aims at providing students with a sound theoretical background regarding the environmental and safety regulations, the various regulatory requirements and the processes involved in their implementation. Students will understand the extent to which the shipping industry is influenced by marine environmental and safety issues and the way in which the respective regulations, influence a shipping company organizationally, operationally and impact its competitiveness in the market. (10 Credits)
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Maritime Economics

During the course of the Maritime Economics module, students will obtain a thorough understanding of micro-economic theory and the factors which affect market equilibrium. The aim of the module is to provide students with the ability to apply the theoretical concepts in a variety of shipping environments including: dry bulk, tankers and liner markets, and the necessary insight to successfully evaluate and forecast the market’s short term freight movement. (10 Credits)
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Research Methods

The Research Methods module will cultivate students’ ability to independently plan, prepare and successfully carry out a significant scientific research project relating to the shipping industry. (20 Credits)
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Marine Insurance

The Marine Insurance module offers an in depth analysis of the basic principles of insurance law, the provisions of related statutes and the case law governing the shipping industry. Having completed this module, students will have acquired the tools necessary for interpreting, critically analyzing and applying the clauses commonly used in the London Market in various insurance contracts including Hull, Cargo, Liability and Offshore Energy. (20 Credits)
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Shipping Business Management

By completing the Shipping Business Management module, students will become cognizant of the unique nature of shipping companies, as well as the role, function and the connection of their main departments i.e. operations, chartering, technical, claims, supplies e.t.c. The module will also help students understand the principles involved in shipping management; a factor directly related to the successful operation of a shipping company. (20 Credits)
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Chartering

The Chartering module provides a comprehensive framework which enables students to grasp notions involved in chartering procedures, laytime calculation, and charter party clauses. Amongst other things, students will be taught which parties are involved in a chartering procedure (dry cargo and tanker), how to comprehend market reports and freight indices, how to make offers and counteroffers; as well as the details relating to the negotiation procedure. Students will obtain an understanding of recapitulation and voyage estimation, an ability to distinguish between charter party types and common clauses; and draw up charter parties. (20 Credits)
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Carriage of Goods by Sea

The Carriage of Goods by Sea module aims at enhancing the knowledge of specific legal topics involved in the transportation of goods by sea and developing students’ ability to critically implement legal issues. Particular emphasis is placed on the implications associated with legal decisions on charter party wording, how and when to apply the Hague/Visby and Rotterdam Rules in contracts of carriage of goods by sea. (10 Credits)
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Shipping Law

The Shipping Law module, aims at familiarizing students with International Maritime Law, whilst offering an overview of the national and international framework of shipping, including the contracts commonly used for chartering, cargo transportation and ship sale. The module additionally covers the challenges arising from jurisdiction and choice of law, as well as topics associated with general contract law in shipping. Students will attain an understanding of the mandatory and non-mandatory rules relating to ship owners’ and charterers' liabilities; the rules and laws applicable in various situations including but not limited to environmental damage and oil spill, cargo/passenger liability, salvage, collision. (10 Credits)
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Dissertation

Each student is required to prepare and submit a significant scientific research project (dissertation) comprised of 15-18.000 words on a topic related to the shipping industry. Students will be called upon to reflect on the knowledge obtained during their studies as well as the contemporary issues relating to the shipping industry, in order to choose their topic, which will be subject to approval by the assigned academic supervisor. It is mandatory that dissertations be completed based on the dissertation brief, which is comprised of the following items: title, abstract, introduction, structure and aim, literature review, data presentation, methodology, analysis, conclusions and Harvard style references. (60 Credits)


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Professors


Our Professors are successful professionals in the Maritime industry, while also active in scientific research. This ideal combination provides students with an in-depth analysis of the current issues facing the Shipping industry, through a multitude of case studies which enhance the learning process.

Alexandros Goulielmos
Module: Shipping Business Management & Maritime Economics
Aristotelis Alexopoulos
Module: Maritime Regulations
Elias Pavlou
Module: Research Methods
Ioannis Voudouris
Module: Shipping Law
Stavros Sfyris
Module: Marine Insurance
Michael Andreadis
Module: Carriage of goods by sea
Panagis Magoulas
Module: Chartering
Ioannis Voudouris
Module: Shipping Law

Enrollment & Duration

For the Academic Year 2016-2017, all applicants that meet the qualifications and requirements for BCA’s Online Shipping Master's Degree course, may select one of the following enrollment periods:

Enrollment period Classes start
Spring 2017 13th February 2017
Summer 2017 12th June 2017
Autumn 2017 30th October 2017

The minimum period of time to complete the programme is 1 year in full time mode. In part time mode, the completion time ranges between 2 and 4 years, with a maximum of 60 credits per year.

Tuition Fees

Full Time
(1 year duration)

Part Time
(normally 2 years, maximum 5 years)

€ 9,500
Payable Prior to the Commencement of the Programme
€ 10,600
Payable In 2-4 Installments:
Two Installments: € 5,300 each
Four Installments: € 2,650 each

Programme Details

Assessment Strategy

Based on the Programme Specification, 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 formal assessment but completion is strongly encouraged as students will be able to monitor and evaluate their learning process and identify areas requiring improvement.

Awards

Final Award:
MSc Shipping – 180 credits Degree Sample
Intermediate Award: Postgraduate Certificate in Shipping – 60 credits
Postgraduate Diploma in Shipping – 120 credits

as per University Regulations

Advisory Board

The BCA Advisory Board is comprised of some of the leading Entrepreneurs and leaders of the global Shipping Industry. Its aim is to ensure that all academic programmes are in-line with the current developments of the industry.

Mr. George Gabriel
Director of Golden Union Shipping Co SA
Dr. Konstantinos Gkiziakis
ex-Head of the Shipping Department at the University of Piraeus. President of BCA’s Academic Advisory Board
Dr. Georgios Gratsos
President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos
Chairman of the ‘MARIA TSAKOS FOUNDATION'. Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Mr. loannis Pahoulis
ex-President of the Hellenic Shipbrokers' Association
Mr. Charalambos Simantonis
President of the Hellenic Short Sea Ship-owners’ Association
Mr. Harry Vafeias
CEO of Stealth Maritime INC
Mr. Nicolaos Vernikos
President of the InternationalChamber of Commerce
Mr. George Gabriel
Director of Golden Union Shipping Co SA
Dr. Konstantinos Gkiziakis
ex-Head of the Shipping Department at the University of Piraeus. President of BCA’s Academic Advisory Board
Dr. Georgios Gratsos
President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos
Chairman of the ‘MARIA TSAKOS FOUNDATION'. Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Mr. loannis Pahoulis
ex-President of the Hellenic Shipbrokers' Association
Mr. Charalambos Simantonis
President of the Hellenic Short Sea Ship-owners’ Association
Mr. Harry Vafeias
CEO of Stealth Maritime INC
Mr. Nicolaos Vernikos
President of the InternationalChamber of Commerce

Testimonials

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    I decided to attend BCA College as it gives me the opportunity to work and study directly from Latin America.

    My first impressions are positive as the distance learning course is very easy to follow. I downloaded the course material and printed the power point presentations and created a portfolio, which makes it easier for me to follow on a daily basis.

    It’s a great programme to get a better understanding of the shipping industry. The programme allows students to study and work at the same time. This is a great benefit as work experience is crucial for management positions.


    - Max Florez, current student

Testimonials

  • Slide 1

    I decided to attend BCA College as it gives me the opportunity to work and study directly from Latin America.

    My first impressions are positive as the distance learning course is very easy to follow. I downloaded the course material and printed the power point presentations and created a portfolio, which makes it easier for me to follow on a daily basis.

    It’s a great programme to get a better understanding of the shipping industry. The programme allows students to study and work at the same time. This is a great benefit as work experience is crucial for management positions.


    - Max Florez, current student

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