Overview

Who is it for?

You are a business-focused individual with a high-performing career in global shipping and its associated industries as your ultimate goal. Equally at home with practical subjects and academic theory, you thrive on solving tough challenges under time constraints. You want to acquire or sharpen the skills necessary to operate at an executive level in areas ranging from shipping, supply chain and commodities, to finance, investment, trading, banking and related sectors and industries.

Objectives

The course is offered through the Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance. The Centre is widely recognised and valued by practitioners and academics.

Since its launch in 1983, its three primary aims remain the same:

  • Offer high quality teaching in its three interlinked disciplines of shipping, trade and finance
  • Produce high quality research in these areas
  • Create a forum for international dialogue between academia, industry and government and to link decision makers.

The combination of the three disciplines of shipping, trade and finance was pioneering at the time but also remains current and relevant in today’s economic and financial environment. This multi-disciplinary approach ensures that you are equipped with competitive skills and knowledge not only in the core area of shipping but also in the areas of commodity trade, ship finance, banking and investment.

Structure

What will you learn

  • Acquire a comprehensive grasp of the interlocking disciplines of shipping, trade and finance
  • Develop your range of hard and soft skills as an international decision maker
  • Develop your understanding of a wide range of economic issues that affect the shipping industry and all who work within it
  • Network with your peers and business leaders from the global business community
  • Gain a highly valuable international perspective on the challenges facing executives in shipping, finance, banking and international trade
  • Acquire a flexible qualification suitable for a wide range of roles in global shipping, commodity trade, investment and finance, from operations to strategy.

Assessment methods

Assessment

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • eight core courses (5 - 25 credits each) and five electives (10 credits each)
  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits) or
  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination.

Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Induction Weeks

The course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused mainly on:

  • An introduction to the Cass Careers offering with a focus on key skills and attributes that employers are looking for.  The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.
  • a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Term dates

Term dates 2018/19

In-Person ID-Checks (all students must attend): Commences 17 September 2018

Compulsory Induction: 18 - 29 September 2018

Term I
1 October 2018 - 7 December 2018
Term I exams
7 January 2019 - 18 January 2019

Term II
21 January 2019 - 29 March 2019
Term II exams
22 April 2019 - 3 May 2019

Term III
6 May 2019 - 28 June 2019
Term III exams
1 July 2019 - 12 July 2019

Resit period
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test  will do so in the period:
12 - 30 August 2019

Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project 
1 September 2019

Official Course End Date
30 September 2019

Teaching staff

Course Director

Course director profile

Professor Nikos Nomikos

Academic expert working at Cass Business School.

The teaching staff on these MSc programmes have many years of practical experience working in industry and are also active researchers in their fields

This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up these MSc programmes.

Module Leaders include:

Application

How to apply

Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Current module list if still studying
  • CV
  • Personal statement (500-600 words)

Documents which may follow at a later date

  • IELTS result
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Two references
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course
  • For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be sent by post to Specialist Masters Programme Office, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK

We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.

Individual Appointments

If you would like to visit us to discuss your application please do arrange an individual appointment.

Entry requirements

  • A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution.
  • Some level of previous study in finance or quantitative methods is preferred

English language requirements

  • If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the test
  • If you have studied a 2+2 degree with just two years in the UK you will be required to provide IELTS results and possibly to resit the tests to meet our requirements.

IELTS

The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing section and no less than 6.0 in any other sectio

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Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Fees

UK/EU/International £25,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Application fee: Nil

Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)

First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the in-person ID–checks)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

Information about Scholarships

Career pathways

The wide curriculum of the MSc STF provides a range of employment opportunities for our graduates. Many hold key positions and have eminent careers in over 70 countries in fields including:

  • investment banking and shipping finance
  • commodity trading
  • chartering
  • shipping management
  • logistics and supply chain
  • management consultancy
  • manufacturing
  • stockbroking
  • governmental positions

Course information and statistics

Graduation hat
3000
graduates since 1983
Globe
15
nationalities represented in 17/18 cohort
Man
24
average age of student body
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7.4
average IELTS score for 17/18 cohort

Accreditation

The MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance is validated by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS)

See accreditation details

Students successful in the courses of:

  • International Commodity Trade
  • Shipping Economics and Policies
  • Shipping Investment and Finance

will be granted exemption from three of the following examinations of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers:

  • Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade
  • Introduction to Shipping
  • Shipping Finance