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Maritime Management (BSc) Content


Programme Structure

Students gain practical business administration know-how and acquire fundamental knowledge in maritime and logistics. Special attention is given to method skills. The foundations of business administration knowledge are laid in the first two years of the programme, together with an introduction to (maritime) logistics, plus method modules, languages and law. As the programme progresses, there is increasing emphasis on maritime-specific modules, and the third year concentrates fully on maritime and logistics modules.

Study Plan

Semester 1

Module Contact Hours Credits
Methodology and Basics of Business Studies (Part 1) 32 4
Financial Accounting 48 6
Microeconomics 48 6
Mathematics 48 6
Wirtschaftrecht oder International Business Law (Part 1) 16 5
Business English 48 5

Semester 2

Module Contact Hours Credits
Human Resource Management 48 6
Managerial Accounting 48 6
Macroeconomics 32 4
Introduction to Logistics 32 4
Statistics 48 7
Operations Research 32 5

Semester 3

Module Contact Hours Credits
Introduction to Investment and Finance 48 6
Organisation 48 6
Strategic Management in Transportation and Logistics (Part 1) 32 7
Maritime Law 32 4
Transport Logistics 48 6
Quantitative Methods 32 5

Semester 4

Module Contact Hours Credits
Corporate Finance 32 4
Business-to-Business Marketing 32 4
Strategic Management in Transportation and Logistics (Part 2) 32 7
Claims and Insurance in the Maritime Business 48 6
Operations Research 32 5

Semester 5

Module Contact Hours Credits
Transport and Logistics IT 48 6
Risk Management - Theory 48 6
Risk Management - Applications 24 3
Shipping and Ship Management (Part 1) 52 14
Special Logistics 64 8
Bachelor Thesis 4 12

Semester 6

Module Contact Hours Credits
Management Game 30 4
Shipping and Ship Managment (Part 2) 60 14

Special Weeks

Module Special Week Contact Hours Credits
Introduction to HSBA 1 18 0
Methodology and Basics of Business Studies (Part 2) 1 4 4
Project Management 3 24 5
Betriebswirtschaftliche Steuerlehre oder International Taxation 4 30 2
Study Trip 5 30 2
General Electives   125 5

Maritime & Logistics

The course teaches certain business administration contents that are adjusted specifically to the maritime industry, such as Strategic Management, Maritime Law and Taxation Issues, IT, Risk Management and Controlling, Insurance Principles, Technical Reliability and Financial Derivatives. The course also specifically covers logistics topics as part of the maritime industry. After an introduction to logistics, transport planning problems are dealt with in the second year of the course. As part of the maritime core modules, Ship Finance provides more in-depth knowledge on risk management, investment and financing as well as maritime law aspects of ship financing. Shipping & Ship Management deals with topics that include Liner Shipping, Maritime Economics & Policy, Environmental Issues and Green Shipping, Newbuilding Contracts, Acquisition of Second Hand Tonnage and Chartering.


The electives provide more in-depth, broader coverage of know-how and methods. They comprise relatively short seminars (16 hours) on subjects such as Port Management, Container Logistics or Intermodal Transport . Students also have the opportunity to participate in study trips, at international locations or in Hamburg.

The general electives give students the opportunity to develop their individual knowledge and skills further. The offering ranges from social skills and IT seminars to studium generale events and smaller electives where students can tackle selected business administration content in a more in-depth manner. Foreign language courses are also on offer on an extracurricular basis.

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