Maritime Operations Management (Nautical Science) - BSC Hons Degree - Topup


Course Code: MH1HE78


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
01/05/2023Fleetwood Nautical Campus28 Weeks/ £8,350Apply   
01/05/2023Fleetwood Campus with Blended Delivery28 Weeks/ £7,000Apply   
06/09/2023Fleetwood Campus with Blended Delivery28 Weeks/ £7,000Apply   
06/09/2023Fleetwood Nautical Campus28 Weeks/ £8,350Apply   
09/01/2024Fleetwood Campus with Blended Delivery28 Weeks/ £7,000Apply   
11/01/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus28 Weeks/ £8,350Apply   

Course Overview

This BSc (Hons) top-up in Maritime Operations Management is a future-focused programme that will enable you to develop the essential knowledge and skills preparing you for future success in work and life across the maritime industry. Developed in line with the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) Maritime 2050 Report, this programme is industry relevant, future-focused and through continuous engagement with industry partnerships, the programme will remain industry specific and of high quality.

The programme is aimed at those who have already completed the STCW-aligned Foundation Degree. The programme explores the maritime industry from a holistic perspective, creating effective maritime industry managers for the future, and is designed to develop the necessary knowledge and skills that will prepare graduates for number of current and future career opportunities, both at sea and ashore. It enables maritime professionals to develop a career in the shore-based maritime sector or have a professional degree to support their career at sea.

Your programme will comprise of four modules weighted at twenty credits each, focusing on Digital Ship Management, Green Ship Management, the Management of Maritime Projects, and a twenty credit module focusing on future technologies aligned to your pathway. Finally, there will be a forty credit Dissertation module which will be based on a subject of your choice, linked to your pathway and career aspirations.

Students who are enrolling onto the programme with an Advanced Diploma/Higher National Diploma will be required to undertake a pre-entry bridging module prior to the course commencement, which will be delivered via a blended approach. This module is also strongly recommended for Foundation Degree students wishing to further develop their academic abilities prior to course commencement. You can find out more about the bridging module here.

We will endeavour to make your academic experience as enjoyable and engaging as possible. Our facilities at Fleetwood Nautical Campus and our Virtual Learning Environment will be available to you throughout this programme, ensuring that you have every opportunity to achieve your full potential as a manager in the maritime industry.

You can download our information sheet and for more information, contact our academic team by email at

Entry Requirements

Studies completed in last five years

Entrants onto the programme will have successfully completed the STCW-aligned Foundation Degree or Advanced Diploma/Higher National Diploma at a UK Maritime Academy in the five years prior to BSc (Hons) course commencement.

Studies completed more than five years ago

Applications are also invited from those who completed their studies more than five years ago. These applicants will need to provide evidence that they have maintained competence at sea and/or relevant industry experience, along with a personal statement. If this applies to you, we will be in touch about evidence once we receive your application.

Admission with an Advanced Diploma/Higher National Diploma

Applicants enrolling onto the programme with an Advanced Diploma/Higher National Diploma will be required to undertake a three-week pre-entry bridging module prior to the course commencement, which will be delivered via blended learning. Entry to the BSc programme is conditional upon passing this module. If this applies, please go to


Qualification Obtained

BSc (Hons) Maritime Operations Management (Nautical Science)

Career Options and Progression

Upon successful completion of the programme, you could consider a number of roles across the maritime industry.  Whether you wish to remain at sea, or come ashore, this programme provides you with the knowledge and skills required to move into managerial roles across the sector, such as marine surveyor, technical superintendent, marine project manager, port manager, plant operator, logistics manager, a career in shipping insurance or as a maritime administrator.

In support of seafarers’ career development, the MNTB has created an interactive career map which provides an outline of some of the career opportunities that are available at sea and ashore.  These opportunities are not exclusive or exhaustive within each sector as there are a variety of role and job titles within each sector as there are a variety of roles and job titles within each.  All profiles within the map have been provided by individuals across the maritime industry using their own experiences of being at sea and their roles ashore.  Each individual seafarer has a unique career story, therefore the map and profiles inspire them to explore different roles at sea and in the wider maritime industry that could play a part in their future.

Although the programme is designed to develop future-focused skills, these are equality applicable in a range of existing managerial positions across a range of shore side sectors such as: maritime business services as training manager or crewing managers; maritime regulatory authorities as marine surveyors, roles with the International Maritime Organisation or Maritime and Coastguard Agency; maritime education and training with various roles across maritime colleges or universities; ship management as fleet managers or an engineering superintendent; or ports and harbours as a harbour master. 

Successful students may also wish to continue their studies by undertaking a relevant postgraduate degree at another university institution, leading to even greater career opportunities. Studies for a Master or research qualification can take you either into higher positions within the industry, managerial or otherwise, into the research profession, or to teaching careers in further and higher education.

Assessment Methods




MOM601: Dissertation



Practical: Presentation

Coursework: Dissertation

MOM602: Management of Maritime Projects


Coursework: Comparative Study

MOM603: Digital Ship Management (Mandatory)


Practical: Exercise

Coursework: Report

MOM604: Green Ship Management (Mandatory)

Coursework: Essay

MOM645: Future Engineering Technologies (Mandatory)

Practical: Presentation


Teaching and Learning Methods

The BSc Maritime Operations Management offers you two study options, a flexible blended approach or an on-site approach.  Prior to starting the course, you will need to decide on the most appropriate mode of study for you, your personal circumstances and work commitments.

  • Flexible blended approach – 28 weeks at £7,000 – You will attend Fleetwood Nautical Campus for the first term where all learning and teaching sessions will be face-to-face with module specialists and your peers.   The subsequent two terms you will complete via remote learning.  You will not be expected to attend any further face-to-face sessions and your assessments will be submitted online.  In support of your dissertation you will have remote virtual supervision with term 3 concluding with your dissertation and presentation.  If you have returned to industry and for increased flexibility, the presentation element of your dissertation may be completed via video conferencing.
  • On-site approach – 28 weeks at £8,350 – You will attend Fleetwood Nautical Campus for the full three terms of the programme.  In term one, alongside your peers on the blended approach, you will experience face-to-face learning and teaching with module specialists.  In term 2 you will experience the remote learning and teaching sessions with your peers whilst based in a physical work environment at FNC.  Your assessments will be submitted online. In support of your dissertation you will have face-to-face supervision with term 3 concluding with your dissertation and presentation. 

This programme will be delivered on a module basis and contain a variety of relevant topic areas that will stimulate your passion from employment within the maritime industry.  You will experience the mandatory modules alongside your peers from all three of the pathways.  The elective modules then provide clear opportunity for you to work with peers who share your Maritime specialism; Nautical Science, Marine Engineering, or Electro-Technical.  All modules will commence in term 1 with term 2 focusing on further independence in your studies and the submission of summative assessments.

Sessions are delivered through a variety of interactive methods appropriate to module content, technical requirements and your personal progression and development.  Whilst attending the campus, the programme will be delivered using a range of methods, including lecturers, tutor-led whole group discussions, student presentations, technical workshops, group work, group and individual research and seminars.  This will not only develop your future-focused technical skills but will also develop your graduate skills. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to enhance your personal development with the aid of group work activity, presentations and feedback sessions.  You will also have access to the relevant simulator be it the bridge simulator or engine simulators during your elective modules.  The aim is to support your research activities in a work environment relevant to your role.

Your tutors will orient the learning and teaching activities towards industry-specific examples and you will have the opportunity to engage with relevant contemporary research.  The pathway-specific modules will give you subject-specific detail to support chosen career path, further embedding the development of technical skills.  You will be allocated a supervisor for your dissertation and together you will develop work-based research in your chosen field, promoting independent learning and self-reliance.

For flexible blended students, term two learning and teaching activities will move online for the remainder of your taught modules before supervision is offered, allowing students to complete the dissertation enabling you to study at your own pace in line with work requirements. You will have a plethora of opportunities to collaborate with your on-site learning peers to further explore concepts and ideas via the video conferencing and online learning platforms.  Virtual learning sessions may also be recorded to allow consolidation of ideas and for you to identify further opportunities for collaboration or research. You will always have open access to our electronic online learning and teaching resources.

For full on-site delivery, taught modules will continue to be supported by physical presence and dissertation supervision meetings will be undertaken face-to-face, where appropriate.  You will always have open access to our electronic online learning and teaching resources and our Learning Resource Centres.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

You will have the opportunity to gain free student membership whilst on the programme.  This will provide access to a range of industry-focused resources including e-books, journals, peer-reviewed research papers, special interest groups and webinars focused on emerging technologies across the maritime sector.

This programme also provides an opportunity for you to progress onto the IMarEST Graduate Pathway, offering Associate Membership at a reduced fee.

You will have access to a large range of resources via the Learning Resource Centre.  However, you may wish to purchase additional study materials in order to further support your studies.


There are a range of potential funding options available to you:


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Regulation and Accreditation

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Awarding Body: Lancaster University

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