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Shipping and Transport, Part-time

Two-year master in English, starts in September

Do you want to improve your knowledge and understanding of the shipping & transport industry? Want to strengthen your managerial skills and take the next step in your career?

Shipping plays a vital role in world trade and is the backbone of the world economy. Without ships and the services they provide, the world would not be as prosperous as it is today and many countries would not be able to participate in world trade. The shipping and logistics industries are two of the few industries that are truly global in both geographical scope and in the nature of the business.

Globalisation of trade and economies has led to a situation where multinationals have developed worldwide sourcing and marketing strategies. Logically, ports and shipping companies play an important role in enabling the smooth and efficient transportation of cargoes, thus connecting manufacturers and consumers around the world.

The part-time Master of Science Shipping and Transport programme will give you an excellent opportunity to improve your skills in business administration in the maritime and logistics field.

Please note: this programme is for EU students & Non-EU students. Non-EU students that apply must already have a valid Dutch residence permit to be accepted to the programme. To view the full admission requirements click here.

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Facts and figures

The programme at a glance

Programme structure

A view of the study programme

Unique Master’s programme

Shipping & Transport unique features

  • You will acquire in-depth knowledge of shipping and transport of the various constituent domains, specifically shipping management, economics and finance, logistics management and transport laws & policies.  

  • You will gain knowledge and insight into transitional processes, system changes, and research methods; 

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

  • You will develop your personal and professional competencies through research methods based on a didactically supported competency profile and will be tested and assessed for satisfactory completion by maritime professionals, applied professors, researchers, and lecturers. 

The Shipping and Transport master is the only professional Master’s programme in this field at the HBO level in the Netherlands. A Master’s programme at the HBO level is distinguished by its practical approach, intensive collaboration with the work field, and a broad perspective on the material. 


The Master Shipping and Transport is a two year part-time programme which guides students to make the link between understanding the fundamental maritime and transport concepts, tools and techniques and to apply them effectively and successfully in real-life situations. We practice a genuine ‘Rotterdam hands-on and make-things-happen’approach which is our distinctive strength. 

The year is split into two semesters, within each semester there are 2 blocks, so 4 blocks within the year. 

The programme culminates with the Master thesis, the final and ultimate deliverable of the programme, which demonstrates the proof that the student has reached a master level of all the programme competencies. 

Schedule & Study Load

The year is split into two semesters, within each semester there are 2 blocks, so 4 blocks within the year. Each block consists of 7 weeks of classes followed by an exam period of one week and two weeks for projects and excursions. During the year you will have class, during the day, once a week, on a Monday. Meaning, approximately 8 hours of class and 12 hours of self-study per week.*

 *Please note, the programme is evolving and information is subject to change. 


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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Lloydstraat 300

Lloydstraat 300 3024 EA Rotterdam

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