This top-up programme is aimed at people who are already working in shipping companies and do not hold a university degree, but wish to obtain one in order to enrich their knowledge and broaden their career prospects. In accordance with the UK curriculum, professional experience of at least two years may be considered equivalent to a period of studies and lead to a university degree, provided that the person concerned will enrol in a higher education programme (of a shorter duration) and pass the relevant examinations. As an option, the programme can be attended 100% remotely, so that students may also carry out their professional obligations without any problem. The full-time programme has a duration of one year, while the part-time programme lasts for two years. The successful completion of the programme leads to the award of a BSc (Hons) Maritime Business top-up.
The programme offers comprehensive knowledge combined with modern experience in the fields of ship management, chartering, sales and markets, shipping line, legislation, as well as many other fields of interest for the sector, offering a rich and solid theoretical background for a successful career in the international shipping industry. It also allows you to continue your studies at postgraduate level.
BSc (Hons) Maritime Business is also suitable for university graduates from different subject areas who wish to change their professional scope and enter the highly promising shipping industry.
October for the Fall Semester or
February for the Spring Semester
1 year for October or February entry for those who have a high school certificate (apolytirion) and working experience
Morning or/and evening classes
Students develop strategic planning skills that combine the multitude of parameters on which the evolution of shipping businesses depends.
The professors working with the programme, who are academics and, at the same time, executives of shipping companies, offer a lively curriculum with direct references to real events, as well as analyses of case studies they have experienced themselves, so that each lesson constitutes work experience rather than educational experience.
BCA’s experience in maritime studies and its long-standing relationship with shipping companies creates an environment that allows students to make new acquaintances and connections that are valuable for their professional development.
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.
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.
Those who wish to attend our undergraduate programmes in English are required to submit one of the following certifications:
Intensive English classes are provided to those students who do not meet the English requirements.
Applicants must also have working experience in the business sector.
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.
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.