BSc in International Shipping and Trade

The BSc Shipping provides you with an understanding of the context and strategies of the global shipping industry, and prepares you for efficiently planning and managing shipping operations.

Presentation of BSc Shipping

Shipping is at the very core of international trade. Millions of tons of cargo are shipped from one end of the globe to the other each day, and you could describe international shipping as “globalisation in its physical form”, linking production, people and companies all over the planet.  Developing efficient, reliable and cost-effective solutions to moving goods from producers to buyers is increasingly a key component in assuring business success for international companies. Shipping is not only a very large but also a dynamic and constantly changing industry. And in that industry, Denmark is a leading country, not only with the largest shipping company in Europe but also with around 10 % of the world’s shipping being operated from Copenhagen.

The BSc Shipping is different from all the other programmes at CBS in that it focuses directly on just one industry. Rather than a general understanding of business conditions and business economics, you will develop a specific understanding of how shipping companies operate, how they develop strategies and business networks and how to plan and manage in an industry that operates in a global context, which is constantly changing.

Thus, the programme is for those who feel quite confident that the shipping industry is indeed where they want to have their careers – and who want an academic, industry-focused university degree as the foundation for that career.

Courses and content

Through your three years in the programme you will experience academic studies in the fields of business economics and shipping combined with international as well as intercultural understanding and practical industry experience. Each year is structured very differently: you will study at CBS, study abroad, study together with students from other countries and cultures and also spend time in a shipping company. This unique structure may provide a varied and exciting study experience, but it will also be demanding and require a lot of hard work from each student.

The first year gives you a broad understanding of international business economics and introduces you to those factors and considerations that are unique to shipping. You will study some of the first year courses together with students from our International Business programme.

The second year will give you a global perspective on shipping. Focus will be on understanding the economic, legal and operational dynamics and the international strategies of the industry. The 50 CBS BSc Shipping students will spend all of this year together with students from Singapore Management University and Texas A&M University. The first half of the year all the students will be in Copenhagen and during the second half they will be in respectively Singapore and Houston which like Copenhagen are leading hubs of international shipping. (In connection with the exchange to either Singapore or USA during the 4th semester, you should expect to cover all related costs, such as language tests, flight tickets, accommodation, food, etc. You have the possibility to apply for private grants before leaving.)

The third year deepens your academic and analytical understanding of maritime economics and strategy as well as it gives you practical experience. During all of this year, students will combine their studies at CBS with an internship in a shipping company. This will give you hands-on experience with how shipping operations are run and provide you with a platform for beginning your career in the industry (read more under the “Internship” link in the menu on the left).

The BSc in International Shipping and Trade is a three-year bachelor programme. The academic year runs from September through June and is divided into 4 quarters. Each quarter is 8 weeks and ends with examinations. Examinations take place 4 times a year in October, December/January, April and May/June, respectively.

The programme consists of a number of obligatory courses, some elective courses, internship and exchange; and it ends with a bachelor project.


The page was last edited by: Student Affairs // 01/11/2018