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MSc in International Transport & Logistics

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Cost 14,000 USD

The Master of Science in International Transport and Logistics (Shipping & Finance) is delivered in Shanghai, China by WMU in collaboration with Shanghai Maritime University (SMU). It has been designed to extend WMU’s professional education to a new and thriving clientele from the region and beyond, and to meet more of the maritime industry’s demand for high-level specialized professionals. It has been created specifically for the maritime market in China.

The programme is intensive, and is taught over 15 months from March each year, and ending in August of the following year, with a one-month vacation in the summer. It consists of four taught units plus a research paper, made up of 88 EC. The first unit consists of foundation studies, which provide the prerequisites for the later units, and which cover all aspects of logistics and international transport. Staff from SMU teach the first unit and supervise dissertations, while WMU staff teach the other credits. 

The programme is taught entirely in English, and the entry requirements, grading system and quality assurance processes are those in force at WMU. Successful graduates receive a WMU Master of Science degree, with a certificate signed by WMU’s Chancellor and President and a standard WMU transcript of grades. 


  • The programme contains the following taught subjects:
  • International economy and globalization
  • Decision making techniques 
  • Strategies and organizational behaviour
  • Accounting
  • Shipping key performance indicators
  • Maritime economics 
  • Legal framework of maritime transport
  • Finance & investment appraisal 
  • Environmental issues in maritime transport
  • Commercial law and marine insurance
  • Chartering practice and ship brokering
  • Risk management & derivatives in shipping 
  • Integrated supply chain management
  • Maritime logistics
  • Maritime financial management
  • Marketing and service marketing
  • Ship and fleet management

It ends with students completing a dissertation.


As part of the programme, students are required to take part in field study visits; destinations include Port of Shanghai, the Shanghai Shipping Exchange, and a number of shipping and logistics companies (subject to change). Students also attend a number of seminars.

Application procedure

Application Procedure:

The application form can be obtained from Room 203 of The School of Transportation, Shanghai Maritime University or downloaded below. The application deadline is 30 days prior to the commencement of the programme.

All applications should be sent together with copies of the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Passport
  • Certificate of BA or BSc
  • Transcript
  • English test TOEFL or IELTS
  • 2 Photos

Applicants should send their completed application form and required documents to:

MSc in ITL, Shanghai Maritime University
No.1336 Dongming Road, Pudong District
Shanghai 200126
People's Republic of China

Grant opportunities


The tuition fee for the next intake to the programme will be RMB 93,900 (US$ 14,000 as at April 2019); the fees for the programme are affected by currency fluctuations and may rise each year. In addition, a student needs a minimum of around RMB 70,000 to cover living costs in Shanghai for the whole study period (accommodation, food, books and study material and so on).


WMU admits students to the MSc in International Transport and Logistics (ITL) who are already established in careers in the maritime field. The Admissions Board will consider only those applicants who meet the following general entrance requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (with full transcript)
The highest grade certificate of competency for unrestricted service as master mariner or chief engineer
All applicants must submit an internationally recognized English language proficiency test. Acceptable tests include IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge examinations, and GCE O-levels in English language. Other tests are accepted by the Admissions Board only under exceptional circumstances; applicants should check with the Registry in such cases.

Candidates are assessed in accordance with the following general guidelines:

est of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

IBT: 80+
PBT: 550+  
WMU’s TOEFL institution code is 9198.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

band 6.0 or above
Please note: the academic, not the general training, version of the test is required

Cambridge Examinations

Proficiency (CPE)

Students who have a pass in a GCE O-level or the equivalent (WAEC, CXC etc) must enclose a copy of their examination results for evaluation by the Admissions Board.

Sometimes applicants’ test results meet the University’s general guidelines, but show weaknesses in a certain skills area. In such cases, the Admissions Board will evaluate the skill level based on guidelines shown above. Information on TOEFL may be obtained through US embassies/consulates or the US Information Service, and on the IELTS and Cambridge Examinations from the British Council or Australian or UK  embassies/consulates.

More information can be found by visiting these websites:

ISCED Categories

Project management
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Logistics and shipping management
Marine and maritime law