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

International shipping has always been important to the development of world trade and economic growth. Currently, approximately 90% of international trade in goods and commodities by weight is carried by sea. Without shipping, international trade, the bulk transport of raw materials, and the import/export of manufactured goods would simply not be possible. There are over 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo. Shipping experts are constantly in great demand.

The Frederick University BSc Maritime Studies has built a strong reputation within the shipping and trading community, being the first Maritime Academic programme of its kind in Cyprus established some 20 years ago. The Programme, run by 23 dedicated staff, aims to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for your successful career in the international trade and maritime sectors.

The curriculum prepares students to meet the challenges of the modern corporate world through a unique blend of academic and professional courses. It takes a hands-on approach to instruction, directed by experts in their fields. Practical training programmes and professional seminars are also offered. This further enriches 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.

The language of instruction is English.


Key Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the programmes, a student should be able to:

  • Have a strong background in shipping and business administration courses and demonstrate oral and written business communication skills;
  • Converse intelligently about the global economy and discuss contemporary issues relating to Maritime Economics for all the Shipping Sectors;
  • Have a good knowledge and understanding of Maritime Law and Marine Insurance, as well as of broader legal issues of Business and Commercial Law;
  • Describe and evaluate export and import practices and the investment environment in which international shipping and trade business transactions occur;
  • Financially evaluate a Shipping Investment;
  • Discuss and analyse 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 international trade and shipping businesses;
  • Establish a firm foundation for the continual process of learning and be qualified for postgraduate studies and research in Cyprus and abroad.


Career Opportunities

The interdisciplinary nature of the programme prepares students as future professionals who can perform effectively in the complex business environment of the global trade and maritime marketplace consisting of many hundreds of large, medium and small firms. Graduates have broad range of career options, including import and export business, ship management, commercial management, insurance, freight forwarding, transportation and logistics, research and consultancy, port management, port agency, shipping finance, trading companies as well as a variety of senior administrative posts within the private and public sector.

The Department of Maritime Studies is proud to claim 96 pct employment of graduates, as shown by a study undertaken in May 2018.


Exemptions from Professional Examinations

Students obtaining the degree of BSc Maritime Studies at Frederick University are exempted from a maximum number of professional examinations of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), UK.

Specifically the ICS has awarded the following courses: Introduction to Shipping, Economics of Sea Transport, Shipping Law, Marine Insurance.  Candidates can only choose 3 of the 4 exemptions above but the choice is theirs depending on interest.  Graduates of our BSc Maritime Studies Programme enjoy the privilege of receiving the highest number of course examination exemptions awarded by the Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers, UK (ICS) in 2018!