BSc in International Shipping and Trade

After the programme


What do you learn on BSc Shipping?

BSc Shipping is a highly specialised programme that focuses on just one industry, international shipping. However, the focus on that one industry covers many different areas. The economic conditions and changes that shipping companies have to understand and adapt to:

  • Trends in globalisation, international development and political regulation
  • The legal framework that surrounds shipping operations such as international maritime law, business law (including contracts), taxation and environmental requirements
  • Financial conditions and cooperation within the shipping industry, including relations with banks and other financial institutions
  • The workings of the shipping industry with regard to running shipping operations and optimising the usage of the available shipping capacity
  • The workings of the shipping industry with regard to competition and cooperation between shipping firms
  • Marketing and customer relations, including the complex networks, relations and dependencies between suppliers/manufacturers, buyers and shipping operators
  • Strategic development, including development of services, fleet capacity and market focus

Topics range from understanding the very practical and hands-on operative decisions shipping companies have to make each day to the strategic long term development of services, finances and industry cooperation. Indeed it is characteristic of the shipping industry that day-to-day operations and overall business strategy are very closely linked. Those in charge of running operations constantly have to adapt to the changes in overall strategy made at the higher company levels – and those who make the overall strategic and financial decisions constantly have to draw on the input they get from the operational side of the business where challenges and needs for new services are often spotted first.

In the competence profile you can find more information about what you learn on the programme:  Competence profile for BSc

What to do after BSc Shipping
Many students are expected to continue straight into a job in a shipping company - perhaps the same company where they did their internship. Others will continue their studies and do a two-year Master’s programme within areas such as finance, logistics or international business strategy.

Career opportunities

Careers can develop in many different ways. Some people work within the same field all their lives, while others make great changes along the way.  Every person evolves and so do society, the job market and companies. New job opportunities arise, while others disappear. Maybe you will end up in a job that does not even exist yet.

Bases on the current job market in the shipping sector, job opportunities will include the following areas:

  • Daily shipping operations including trade, risk management, contracts and customer relations
  • Relations with other shipping firms including operational and strategic cooperation
  • Maritime finance (working in the shipping or banking sector)
  • Jobs in governmental and international organisations involved in developing and regulating shipping
  • Jobs in consultancy or accounting firms working with the shipping sector

“The Blue Denmark”, which is a collaboration between companies and agencies related to the Danish shipping sector, has a website where you can learn more about shipping and shipping related careers.

Master’s programmes

A bachelor programme consists of various subject areas, and it typically gives you a broad introduction to the areas you have chosen to study. On a master’s programme you specialise in one or more areas you have worked with on the bachelor programme. In this way, it is on the master’s programme you create your individual academic profile.

It is a good idea for you to consider which master’s programme you may want to continue on after your bachelor degree. Different bachelor degree’s give admission to different master’s programme.  On the other hand you should not choose a certain bachelor programme only to qualify for certain Master’s programmes. A bachelor programme takes three years to complete, and it may be three very long years if you are studying something that you are not really interested in.

At present it may be hard to decide on your choice of master. If you follow your interests when choosing, the chance of having to change your decision later on is smaller – both in relation to choosing master’s programme and  searching for jobs.



MAster Programmes after BSc Shipping
Natural master programme
MSc in Economics and Business Administration/Cand.merc.
You can choose between 13 different specialisations.
General disclaimer: CBS is constantly developing its range of master programmes. Therefore students starting undergraduate studies at CBS this year may find different MSc options available to them when they have completed their bachelor degrees.


Sidst opdateret: Student Affairs // 03/03/2016