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University of Reading: International Shipping and Finance

Institution University of Reading
Department ICMA Centre View department profile
Telephone 0118 378 5289
Study type Taught


This Masters programme aims to produce tomorrow’s leaders in the maritime shipping and wider transportation sectors.

In today’s globalised world, maritime transport has become instrumental to international trade and the global economy. More than 85% of total merchandise trade volume is transported by the international shipping industry. Given the continuous expansion in the global economy and international trade flows, the wider transportation sector offers exciting and rewarding career opportunities.

MSc International Shipping and Finance is developed alongside senior industry professionals. The programme is designed to equip you with the practical skills and expertise sought after by major employers in the sector. A number of features differentiate this programme from other shipping oriented postgraduate Masters, aiming to offer you a competitive edge. In the centre of it all is its hands-on, practice centred approach. You will benefit from bespoke simulations, specialist masterclasses, networking opportunities, distinguished industry guest speakers and visits to leading companies and ports. As part of the programme’s international experience, you will undertake less than one month of study in Athens. You'll study at ALBA Graduate Business School, American College of Greece, an institution renowned in Europe for its shipping Masters courses.

Thanks to our links with leading companies in the shipping industry, you will gain access to summer work placement opportunities. A comprehensive careers development programme is also an integral part of the programme. This includes the support of the globally recognised shipping recruitment consultancy Spinnaker Global. The programme’s focus on career goals and aspirations has resulted in more than 90% of graduates securing job offers within 6 months of graduation.

During the Master’s programme, you will specialise in International commodity trade and transport, shipping market economics and business and shipping strategy. You’ll gain insight into shipping finance and investments, chartering and ship-broking as well as shipping-related risk management strategies and quantitative techniques. Modules in maritime logistics systems and maritime law and marine insurance complement the offering. You will also gain exposure to securities trading, investment strategies, valuation and corporate transactions.

Students on the MSc ISF programme also benefit from our partnership with Spinnaker Global as well as memberships of Maritime London and the Baltic Exchange.

At a glance

  • Experience a unique practice-centred learning approach including specialised Masterclasses, distinguished guest speakers, bespoke simulations and company visits.

  • Gain access to work-placement and networking opportunities and benefit from our partnership with leading shipping recruitment specialists Spinnaker Global

  • Be granted professional exam exemptions from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and membership to the Baltic Exchange.

  • Gain international experience through a field trip to Greece, a country with a long-standing tradition in shipping and the largest merchant fleet in the world.

  • Receive a Dual Degree Award from both the ICMA Centre and ALBA Graduate Business School.


On average, more than 90% of the programme’s graduates are in work or further education 6 months after graduation. Graduates take up salaried and internship opportunities across a range of employers, including: ship-owning and transportation companies, ship-broking firms, commodity, industrial and retail groups, shipping consulting and analysis companies, port operators, shipping divisions of investment banks, finance arrangers, leasing companies and shipping-related investment funds. The wide curriculum of the programme will also enable you to consider careers in the global investment banking and securities markets.


Henley Business School
University of Reading


Founded in 1945, Henley is one of the oldest business schools in the UK and part of the University of Reading. We are among an elite group of business schools to be triple-accredited for the quality and capability of our faculty and output.

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