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Federica Maiorano studied on the MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance at Cass Business School. In this video she talks about her ambition and how she was inspired by world renowned faculty at Cass and studying in London.

Overview

Who is it for?

The Masters in Shipping, Trade and Finance is for 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 MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance 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.

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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.

Induction weeks

All of our MSc courses start with two compulsory induction weeks which include relevant refresher courses, an introduction to the careers services and the annual careers fair.

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 185 credits:

Terms One and Two

  • Eleven core modules (10-20 credits each, total of 135 credits)

Term Three

  • Five electives (50 credits) – including Business Analytics for Energy, Shipping, Trade and Finance

Or

  • Three electives (30 credits) – including Business Analytics for Energy, Shipping, Trade and Finance, 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 examination.

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

Term dates

Term dates 2021/22

To be confirmed

Teaching staff

Course Director

Course director profile

Dr Nikos C. Papapostolou

Associate Director, The Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance

The teaching staff on the Master's in Shipping, Trade and Finance have many years of practical experience working in the shipping industry and are also active researchers in their fields.  This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up the MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance course.

Core Module Leaders include:

Application

How to apply

We only accept online applications.

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Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Current module list if still studying
  • CV
  • Personal statement - this should be 500-600 words in length and answer the following:
    • Why have you selected this course? What are your motivating factors?
    • What are your areas of interest within the course?
    • What contributions do you feel you can make to the course?
    • How do you see the course affecting your career plans?

Documents which may follow at a later date

  • English language test result if applicable
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Two references
  • 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 uploaded to the application form or e-mailed to the relevant Admissions Officer upon request

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

Unfortunately, as a result of the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we can only offer online appointments to discuss your application.  To book one, please get in touch with the relevant Admission Officer.

Please note - these are subject to availability.

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Terms and conditions

Students applying to study at Cass Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.

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
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course

Interview

Applicants selected by the Admissions Panel may be invited to an online interview. We will contact all selected applicants with full instructions after the Admissions Panel has made an initial assessment of your application.

We strongly advise you to provide us with your own personal email address when applying to avoid missing interview deadlines and any important information sent from the Admissions Team.”

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 section.

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Fees

UK/EU/International £26,500 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Application fee: Nil

Deposit: £2,000 (usually 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 induction period)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

Information about Scholarships

Career pathways

Career destinations for MSc Shipping, Trade and Finance

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

  • Shipping
  • Investment Banking
  • Trading
  • Consulting.

Class of 2019 profiles

Recent graduates from the MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance degree have gone on to hold roles in companies including:

  • Graduate Trader, Energy Trading, EDF
  • Market Analyst/Reporter, Freight - Argus Media
  • Junior LNG Broker, Shipping - Braemar ACM Shipbroking
  • Assistant Relationship Officer, Corporate - Hellenic Bank
  • Master Mariner, Shipping - Midstream - Bahri
  • Supply Scheduler, Supply Chain - Exxon Mobil

Where they are working now

  • UK: 51.4%
  • EU/ EEA: 37.8%
  • Africa and Middle East: 2.7%
  • Asia: 5.4%

Industry post-master's

49% Shipping
8% Energy / Utilities
8% Oil/Gas
3% Agriculture / Fishing / Forestry
3% Consulting - Management

Data provided from alumni who completed the annual destination data survey 2018/19

Alumni stories

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Course information and statistics

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3000
graduates since 1983
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21
nationalities represented in 20/21 cohort
Man
25
average age of student body
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1
average years of work experience

Accreditation

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

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Students successful in the following modules:

  • International Commodity Trade
  • Shipping Economics
  • 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.