Shipping and Transport, Full-time

    One-year full-time master in English, starts in September

    Are you ready to be focused on the world of maritime trade? After the master Shipping and Transport, nothing will be unknown to you!

    Do you have a background in shipping, logistics or business administration and do you want to apply your knowledge in the maritime work field? The master, Shipping and Transport will offer you an opportunity to broaden your perspective. You’ll learn about the ins and outs of international harbours and shipping companies and you’ll learn about and implement the considerations that are part of the logistics process. Alongside that, you’ll keep developing your management skills, which will be extremely valuable throughout your international career.

    Learning to see connections

    The Shipping and Transport master will provide you with a complete overview of the workfield. You’ll unravel how manufacturers and consumers are connected via harbours and shipping companies, and which factors are contributing. By being aware of these factors, you will be able to make smarter decisions. For example, how can you make sure that transport is both affordable and sustainable? How do you choose a ship for a certain trip? And how do you make sure that a harbour will stay appealing for international trading? In this programme, critical thinking and finding innovative solutions will become your second nature. The typical Rotterdam 'hands-on and make things happen’-approach, is a mentality every harbour in the world wants to experience!

    Personal development

    During this year you haven’t only focused on your knowledge of the maritime and logistic world, but also of yourself. What type of manager are you? Do you prioritise sustainability, staff or something else? Which topics and areas of work do you think are interesting? And where can you contribute the most using your unique talents? Alongside analytics abilities, you will develop your presentation and communication skills. Everything will be in English!

    Research in the work field

    Your learning activities will be divided into lectures, assignments and practice-oriented research. Because this master is part of a university of applied science, the results of your research will be immediately linked to the workfield. This will directly reflect on your ideas and whether or not they work. During your thesis process, you will work on a solution for a problem which is related to the maritime workfield. The assignment is given by a company or one of the knowledge centres, which are part of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. For example knowledge centre Sustainable Harbour city.

    Full-time or part-time?

    Note: you can do this master full-time or part-time. Do you prefer to study part-time? The programme will then take you two years instead of one. In the curriculum we are taking longer periods of absence into account, so you will be able to work during this master's, for example in shipping.

    Facts and figures

    The programme at a glance

    Programme structure

    A view of the study programme

    Unique Features

    Features of the master Shipping and Transport:

    • You will acquire knowledge of shipping and transport in the different domains: shipping management, economics and finances, supply chain management and transportation laws & policies.

    • You gain knowledge and insight into transition processes, system changes and research methods.

    • You are challenged to approach maritime and transport-related issues from different perspectives and the views of different stakeholders

    • You develop personal and professional competencies throughout the programme, which are being assessed by maritime professionals, applied professors, researchers and lecturers.

    The master Shipping and Transport is the only professional master's program in this field level, which is being offered by a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. A master's programme at a university of applied science is distinguished by its practical approach, intensive collaboration with the professional field and broad perspective.


    The full-time variant of the master Shipping and Transport lasts one year and consists of 4 blocks. Each block focuses on a different sub-area. The last block is devoted to the thesis assignment.

    Block 1: Supply Chain Management

    Which routes do goods take around the world? How are container terminals set up for the most efficient handling? What connections are there to make sure a transport ends up at the right place? As you examine these processes, important questions naturally arise: what about costs? What is the factor of the environment? In this block, you will be trained to take all aspects into account in transport decisions.

    Block 2: The shipping company

    In this block, you dive into the world of the shipping company. Do you have your ships or do you charter them? How do you arrange maintenance? Where does the crew come from? And most importantly, why? In lectures and projects, you will work with these kinds of questions. In this block, you also lay the first foundation for your graduation research.

    Block 3: The manager

    In this block, you will work on your management skills. Everything is covered, from personnel policy to finance and from legislation and regulations to marketing. Which strategies help your company and customers move forward? You also reflect on what you think is important in the maritime world and how you can contribute to it. In the meantime, you continue working on your graduation assignment.

    Block 4: Graduation

    In the fourth and final block of the master's degree, you will complete your graduation assignment. This is an actual business case in an area that interests you. You conduct practical research and work on recommendations for your client. If you complete this block, you will have your master's degree in your pocket! You can then work as a manager in the maritime sector, or obtain a doctorate and a professional doctorate.


    The part-time variant of the programme lasts 2 years and you can follow it in addition to your work in the shipping industry. The contact moments are organized once every three weeks so that you can be away from home for longer periods.



    The modules for this year

    After your study programme

    Different possibilities

    After your graduation

    Congratulations! You just finished your Master in Shipping and Transport and will receive the title Master of Science (MSc).

    With your degree, you will receive a supplement, a DS-label. With this English document, you can show the value of your degree abroad when applying for other study programmes, when applying for a job or looking for the next step within a company or organisation.


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