|Degree||Bachelor of Arts|
|Start of study||Winter semester, Summer semester|
|Application period Winter semester||01 June until 15 July|
|Application period Summer semester||15 December until 15 January|
|Standard period of study||7 semesters|
Accreditation: Every seven years; last re-accreditation: October 2020
|Admission requirements|| |
|Language of instruction||English|
|Faculty/institution||School of Nature and Engineering|
|Integrated stay abroad||Yes|
Are you interested in business and technology related to the sea and shipping? Then the international degree programme ‘Shipping and Chartering’ at the Hochschule Bremen may be just right for you!
This full-time 7-semester degree programme in English offers you a broad range of courses in the fields of maritime economics, management and law as well as nautical science and technology. The programme content prepares you for a career in the fast-growing global economy. English-language teaching and a work placement abroad round off this international education.
As an export-oriented nation, Germany is particularly interested in ensuring a supply of graduates with expertise in the maritime transport sector. The primary and secondary maritime economy is characterised by strong growth, which translates into sustainable demand on the maritime labour market (incl. the insurance and transport industry).
The overall objective of the degree programme is to provide you with a practice-based and academically sound education with strong international orientation. Students of the programme develop teamworking and all-rounder qualities that prepare them for management tasks in different areas.
Graduates of the international programme ‘Shipping and Chartering’ are qualified especially for worldwide activities in trade, transport and insurance, e.g.:
The programme contents are taught partly in parallel and partly built on each other, whereby a precise demarcation between basic and advanced studies is deliberately avoided in order to meet the requirements of such a broad spectrum of offers.
In the first two semesters, however, the emphasis is still more on consolidating foundation knowledge with introductory courses in management or maritime and commercial law. From the third semester onwards, on the other hand, you will focus more on in-depth studies and building personal profile. For example, this could be in the areas of loading and discharging cargoes, ship handling or personnel management.
In the fifth semester, you complete a compulsory semester abroad (placement) in a company in the maritime, logistics or transport industry. The practical semester lasts at least 18 weeks. HSB accompanies you through intensive practical preparation and follow-up.
Your seventh and final semester comprises three compulsory elective modules, each with three specified elective areas, and two modules for your Bachelor's thesis.
In the fifth semester, you complete a compulsory work placement abroad of at least 18 weeks in the maritime industry. Your host company should be active in an area surrounding shipping and chartering. In particular, one of the thematic areas of chartering / operating, controlling / accounting or claims / ship management should be covered.
During the work placement abroad, you are able to deepen the theory-practice reference: You learn how to implement the knowledge and skills acquired during your studies and subsequently report on how your practical experience connected with the theoretical education at the university. The placement introduces you to the international working world (function, organisation, work processes, management, etc.). You will practise organisational, planning and administrative skills, expand your social competences and develop additional professional competences.
„I particularly benefit from the diversity of the degree programme, which provides a comprehensive overview of the whole industry.“
Signe Malinowski Graduate of the programme
„The programme relies on small groups. This allowed me to have direct contact with the lecturers. It also offers an international environment, which helped me to get a broad and better multicultural understanding of today's globalised market. Another important advantage is that all the lecturers have extensive experience in the logistics industry. The teaching is structured in such a way that students understand the link between theory and the real world.“
Vania Medina Jimenez Student in the 6th Semester from Peru
„What I like most about Shipping and Chartering is the range of topics. We learn not only about the maritime industry, but also about nautical science and technology, as well as management and law. Soft skills are also taken into account, and the lecturers help us to develop our negotiation, presentation, communication and writing skills. Thanks to the broad range of courses, I feel very well prepared for my career entry and future challenges.“
Lisa Spanjer Student in the 6th Semester from Germany
Questions about the degree programme can be answered by the contact persons on the degree programme pages. If you have any further questions about your decision to study at HSB, our advisory and service institutions will be happy to help.
Winter 2020-2021 academic year
In honour of the late Achim Boehme and his commitment to and achievements in providing maritime education, the Lomar Deutschland GmbH established the Achim Boehme Scholarship. This scholarship offers 500 euros monthly for one year. The scholarship may be renewed each year for a maximum of 6 semesters of full-time studies. The Achim Boehme Scholarship is open only to registered ISSC and ISMN students at HSB.