BSc in Maritime Studies

Program Profile

Qualification Awarded

BSc in Maritime Studies

Level Of Qualification

Bachelor (1st Cycle Degree)

Offered by

Department of Maritime Studies

Mode of Study

Full Time or Part Time

The BSc Programme in Maritime Studies aims to equip students with a thorough knowledge of every aspect of the Maritime Business, applied on a broad business administration knowledge base. As a result, our graduates are able to fulfill the requirements of any managerial post within the maritime world and its associated activities.

The curriculum prepares the students to meet all challenges of the modern Shipping corporate world through a unique blend of professional and academic courses. It takes a hands-on approach to instruction, directed by dedicated faculty composed of experts in their fields. Practical training programmes and professional seminars are also offered, further enriching our students’ studies, enabling them to become rapidly adaptive to the needs of future employers and to respond appropriately and imaginatively to emerging issues in this dynamic industry.


Objectives of the Programme:

  • To enable students to converse intelligently about the global economy and discuss all issues related to Maritime Economics for all the Shipping Sectors.
  • To provide a foundation and ensure a contextual approach to issues of Maritime Law and Insurance, as well as broader legal issues.
  • To give students the ability to financially evaluate a Shipping Investment.
  • To ensure that students are able to describe and discuss the International Maritime Regulations which decisively influence the shipping business.
  • To provide students with a firm grasp of the economic, political and social forces shaping the globalising trends of the world in the 21st century, as experienced in the structure and functions of the shipping industry.
  • To equip students with a strong background in the standard core curriculum of business administration courses.
  • To establish a firm foundation for the continual process of learning; to prepare students for post graduate studies and research in Cyprus and abroad.


Why undertake Maritime Studies at the Frederick University in Cyprus?

  • According to the Central bank of Cyprus, despite the global financial crisis, revenue from ship-management rose in 2012 to 435 million euro, or 5 percent of GDP, from 428 million euro at the end of 2011.  Considering the most difficult economic period in decades the constant and increasingly positive contribution of the Cypriot shipping industry to the country’s economy proves that it is one of the most significant and enduring financial contributors.  Shipping industry along with the energy sector is expected to be the dynamic driving force towards development and economic recovery.
  • Cyprus is one of the biggest ship management centres worldwide with a total of around 150 ship management companies and companies with shipping related activities operating in its territory, all with fully fledged offices in the island.  Approximately 7,000 shore based people are employed within the Cyprus maritime cluster, representing approx. 2.5% of the total gainfully employed population.
  • Among the ship management companies established and operating from the Republic of Cyprus, 87% are controlled by Cypriot and EU interests. These companies employ almost 50.000 seafarers of whom 10 per cent are EU nationals.  
  • Limassol is an ideal location for maritime studies due to the multipurpose port and successful maritime business community, allowing the student to gain first-hand experience of commercial marine operations.
  • Significant recent developments in the business and energy sectors in Cyprus make this programme of studies especially relevant.  The island is fast becoming a new European hub for imports and re-exports activities linking Europe with the Far East in ways previously unexplored. At the same time the energy sector in Cyprus is also developing rapidly. Graduates of this programme will be positioned favourably in the local labour market for the newly created employment opportunities.
  • Frederick University graduates in Maritime Studies are exempted from a number of exams at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
  • The Department of Maritime Studies collaborates with a number of local shipping organizations for the purpose of providing students with practical experience as well as excellent employment prospects.
  • The BSc in Maritime Studies programme offers flexibility to those in full time employment by operating evening sessions between 18:15 – 21:00 hours.


Employment Prospects

The Department of Maritime Studies is proud to claim 98 pct employment of our graduates, as shown by a study undertaken in May 2013.

A wide range of opportunities, in demanding and challenging posts, is available to graduates in the highly dynamic industries of shipping and trading and its various sectors, consisting of many hundreds of large, medium and small firms.  Among the career options are Ship Management, Marine Insurance and Underwriting, Freight Forwarding, Port Agency and Management, Ship Broking, International Trade, Imports and Exports Management, Logistics, Warehousing and Distribution, Ship Finance, as well as a variety of other administrative posts in the private and public sectors.