Shipping, Transport and Logistics Department

BSc (Hons) Shipping

BSc (Hons) Shipping

The BSc (Hons) Shipping programme creates executives in the shipping market. The programme provides students with a solid academic background as well as rich practical experience, so that they are able to respond to the increased demands of the shipping sector. The Greek shipping industry is a world leader and, at the same time, a particularly important sector of the Greek economy that also offers excellent opportunities for professional development.

The curriculum is interdisciplinary, linking shipping topics such as activities, management, legal and financial aspects. Students understand the way of operation of the sector and the principles that make shipping companies successful. They have the opportunity to study all shipping fields, gain experience and explore the international factors affecting the shipping industry.

Graduates of the BSc Shipping programme can pursue a career in ship owning companies, ship management companies, ship brokers and other shipping organisations and companies in the shipping community.

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Programme Characteristics

  1. The programme explores the field of both Greek and international shipping, enabling students to develop skills that allow them to pursue a career anywhere in the world.
  2. Drawing on 50 years of experience, the BCA Shipping department is the oldest department of maritime studies in Greece.
  3. It employs professors with many years of experience in the shipping industry who can combine theory with practice.
  4. Seminars on key industry issues are frequently conducted by senior shipping executives.
  5. Students can learn foreign languages on top of those that they may already know, such as Chinese, so that they can better communicate and conclude agreements.
  6. BCA shipping programmes are under the auspices of the University of West London, a leading UK-based university, which awards the relevant degrees.

Delivery date(s):​

October for the Fall Semester or
February for the Spring Semester

Duration:​

4 years for October or February entry
3 years for October or February entry, for those students who have a high school certificate (apolytirion) 17 or above and recognized English certificates (B2+ and above).

Timetable:​

Morning or/and evening classes

Language of study:

1st and 2nd Year: Either English or Greek
3rd and 4th Year 4: English or
All years in English

Programme Benefits

1

The long-term relationship of BCA with shipping companies guarantees the rapid entry of students in the professional market, both in Greece as well as abroad. Over 3000 shipping executives across the world are BCA graduates.

2

There are frequent seminars and workshops with the participation of students, held by specialised senior executives of the shipping industry and covering shipping topics of major importance.

3

The department often conducts educational visits to shipping companies and students are informed by managers “in the field”, making new acquaintances and connections that are valuable for their professional development.

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Awards
Co-curricular Activities
Requirements for entry to level 3
Requirements for entry to level 4


Studying at BCA, you live in Greece but you are exposed to the learning experience designed and provided by a high-level British or Swiss University and you are awarded the same, Bachelor & Master degrees, awarded to UK and Swiss students., which are recognized in the Greek and international labor market. In addition, you will benefit from the digital technology with the specialized online educational platforms developed by BCA and incorporated into the Blended Learning philosophy.

The successful course of BCA is certified by the multiple awards it has received during the years of its educational operation. One of the most important prizes was its announcement of being the “COLLEGE OF THE YEAR”, awarded by the Education Leaders Awards Special Committee. More information on the BCA College Awards can be found here.


The programmes of study provided by BCA College are further enriched with industrial visits, seminars and lectures organised during the year in parallel with the curriculum. These co-curricular activities bridge the academic theory taught in classrooms with current professional practice, transfer students’ know-how and expertise in real time, and connect them with renowned executives, entrepreneurs, and people with key positions in their field.

An indicative applicant should possess an Apolytirion of at least 12 or IB Diploma or equivalent. However, we would welcome students to apply who have an Apolytirion of less than 12 provided that their marks on relevant subjects achieved prior to the panhellenic exams in the final year of schooling are at the level of 12 or above.  Interviews will be conducted, and applicants will be considered for their overall ability to attend the programme alongside all the above grades.

Applicants have the option of attending the first 2 years of the programme either in English or in Greek. Those who wish to attend the first year in English are required to submit one of the following certifications:

  • IELTS: a minimum score of 5.5 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component of the test)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): Pass and above
  • Cambridge English: Advanced(CAE):  Pass and above
  • Cambridge English: First(FCE): Grade C or above
  • Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE): P( Pass) and above
  • Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE): P( Pass) and above
  • Pearson Academic (PTE): 42 (with a minimum score of 40 in each component of the test)
  • BCA IELTS Placement Test: a minimum score of 5.5 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component of the test)
  • Other English language qualifications may be considered.

Applicants can be admitted to the second year of undergraduate studies (Level 4) as long as the grade of their high school certificate (apolytirion) is 17 or above.

Applicants have the option of attending the first two years of the programme either in English or in Greek. Those who wish to attend second year modules in English should also submit one of the following certifications:

  • IELTS: a minimum score of 6.0 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component of the test)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): Pass and above
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): Pass and above
  • Cambridge English: First (FCE): Grade C and above
  • Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE): P( Pass) and above
  • Pearson Academic (PTE): 53 (with a minimum score of 51 in each component of the test)
  • BCA IELTS Placement Test: a minimum score of 6.0 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component of the test)
  • Other English language qualifications may be considered.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Graduates

Applicants can be admitted to the second year of undergraduate studies ( Level 4) as long as the grade of their Diploma is 28 and above including at least 15 at higher level. IB students meet the English language entry requirements if they attain a minimum of 4 points in English at higher level. Those who do not have at least 4 points in English and wish to attend second year modules in English should also submit one of the above English certifications.

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Director of Maritime Studies

Apostolos Poulovassilis

Mr. Poulovassilis joined Lloyd’s Register of Shipping in 1989 and had a distinguished 25-year career with the leading Classification Society, holding the post of Regional Marine Manager, Europe, Middle East & Africa from 2009 until 2015.

For the past five years, he has held leading positions for Ship Management and Operating companies and currently is the Chief Operating Officer of a prominent Greek Shipping Company. He is a highly respected and experienced Senior Executive of the Maritime Industry and is also actively involved in numerous joint industry projects.

He holds a BEng and MSc from Imperial College and University College London, respectively.

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Programme Manager

Konstantinos Panagopoulos

Mr. Panagopoulos possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, a Bachelor’s Degree from the Hellenic Navy Academy – Supply Corps Cadets Department and a Master of Science Degree in Management / Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), USA. He has also obtained a significant number of certificates from American and Greek institutions. Since he served on various vessels and land installations in Greece and abroad, performing the duties of the finance, supply and logistics, he has acquired valuable knowledge and experience in the shipping and logistics industry. He was also awarded the “Golden Cross of the Order of Honor” (2002), the “Golden Cross of the Order of Phoenix” (1999), the “Commander of the Order of Honor” (2018), and the “Grand Commander of the Order of Phoenix” (2018) by the President of the Hellenic Republic.

Programme Structure

20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Core
Non-mandatory
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Core
Non-mandatory
Non-mandatory
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Optional
20 Credits
Semester - Optional
20 Credits
Semester - Optional
20 Credits
Semester - Optional
Non-mandatory
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Core
20 Credits
Semester - Optional
20 Credits
Semester - Optional
20 Credits
Semester - Optional
20 Credits
Semester - Optional
40 Credits
Year-Long
Non-mandatory
Award Title Notes
Cert HE

Certificate of Higher Education Shipping

Participants need to obtain 120 credit points

Dip HE

Diploma of Higher Education Shipping

Participants need to obtain 240 credit points

Ordinary degree

BSc Shipping

Participants need to obtain 320 credit points

BSc

BSc (Hons) Shipping

Participants need to obtain 360 credit points

The exit awards as well as the criteria for obtaining them:​

All undergraduate programmes, in addition to the Bachelor’s degree, also offer intermediate-supplementary undergraduate awards, such as the Higher Education Certificate and the Higher Education Diploma. These undergraduate titles, which can also be obtained with a degree or honors, are awarded to those students who have completed a part of the undergraduate course.

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