Maritime Management (BSc)

Dual Bachelor's programme in business administration with special focus on the shipping industry

Please note: This degree programme is currently not open for enrolment. You can find our current portfolio of courses here.

Study Profile

The dual Maritime Management degree offers a practice-based business administration degree with a special focus on the maritime industry alongside organised company training. In addition to the fundamentals of business administration, the course teaches selected industry-specific contents and covers specific shipping-related topics such as Maritime Law and Ship Management. The partner companies are generally companies from the maritime industry.

Highlights of the Study Course

  • Dual Bachelor's programme in business administration with alternating theoretical and practical phases with special focus on the shipping industry

  • Extensive financial independence through monthly remuneration

  • Extensive range of options

  • Lecturers with extensive practical experience

  • Attractive career prospects after graduation

  • Stays abroad possible

  • Campus in the heart of Hamburg 

Facts on the study course

Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) with 180 ECTS
Language: 100 % English
Accreditation: FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation)
Programme start: The programme starts on 1 October each year. In 2020 it starts with a practice phase.
Study duration: 3 years

Success Stories of our Graduates

Jennifer Wieckhorst

At BAT I support the department Corporate Affairs for example with organising company events or writing press releases. This teaches me how to represent the values and principles of the company to employees and the public.

Jennifer Wieckhorst
PR Department, British American Tobacco (Germany) GmbH
Julia Rückert

I started to work in the internal audit department and during the audits learned more about the many different national and international subsidiaries and areas of the Otto Group. I find the way that HSBA and Otto support the further development of their students outstanding.

Julia-Mara Rückert
Revisorin & HSBA-Masterstudentin, OTTO GmbH & Co. KG
Sara Bienas

In my current position as a Financial Controller in Singapore, I prepare financial and annual reports and analyse them. A fundamental understanding of all business areas of the Schulte Group such as Ship Management and Ship Operations is imperative.

Sara Bienas
Financial Controller, Bernhard Schulte (Singapore) Holdings Pte.Ltd.
Jacob Isenberg

After completing the study course Shipping & Ship Finance (today: Maritime Management), I now work in Financial Risk Controlling at Hapag-Lloyd. This was an unexpected path for me to take and was made possible by the dual study course at HSBA.

Jacob Isenberg
Manager Treasury Controlling / Risk Management, Hapag-Lloyd AG

Study Organisation

The dual programme integrates phases of theory at the university (on average 32 weeks a year) and practical phases of training in their training company (on average 20 weeks a year).

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 36 4
Financial Accounting 48 6
Microeconomics 50 6
Mathematics 48 7
Wirtschaftrecht or 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 34 4
Statistics 48 7
Wirtschaftrecht oder International Business Law (Part 2) 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
Transport Logistics 48 6
Quantitative Methods 32 5
Project Management 32 4

Semester 4

Module Contact Hours Credits
Strategic Management in Transportation and Logistics (Part 2) 34 7
Corporate Finance 32 4
Business-to-Business Marketing 32 4
Shipping and Ship Management I 48 6
Operations Research 32 5
Steuerlehre or International Taxation and International Accounting 24 3

Semester 5

Module Contact Hours Credits
Claims and Insurance in the Maritime Business 32 3
International Risk Management 64 8
Shipping and Ship Management II 48 5
Special Logistics 64 8

Semester 6

Module Contact Hours Credits
Maritime Law 24 3
Transport and Logistics IT 48 7
Management Game 30 4

Special Weeks

Module Semester Special Week Contact Hours Credits
Introduction to HSBA 1 18 0
Elective 4 30 3
Study Trip 5 30 2
General Electives 1-5 75 3
Digital Toolbox 2-5 64 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.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are EUR 665 per month. The companies generally pay most of the course fees, at least if the student remains with the company after finishing his/her degree. In addition, students generally receive traineeship remuneration, the amount of which depends on the industry and company in question.