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Master's degree. Face-to-face.


UPC School

Since its beginnings, shipping has been a global means of transport and one of the enginesof global economic development, as 90% of the goods that are moved and traded around the world do so by sea, in addition to many of the raw and manufactured materials which can only be carried easily in this manner.

The shipping business is very important as a sector generating employment. This is due to the various areas involved - foreign trade, imports, insurance companies, brokers and customs agents, law firms, the logistics industry, shipping companies and ports, which is represented most strongly in shipping.

Spain, with its 7,880 kilometres of coastline, strategic geographical position and its status as a gateway to the EU, should enhance its maritime activity. To do so, it requires excellent professionals and managers with  a strongly international vocation.

This master's degree aims to be a unique and exclusive product, and a benchmark for all professionals wanting to further their career in the fields of maritime business and law and port management. To achieve this, the course includes the participation of prestigious professionals from the maritime sector who will pass on their experiences to the students, leading schools in this field (the European School of Short Sea Shipping), technical visits to companies and institutions and a study trip to London, the world headquarters of the shipping business. The quality of the programme's content, the excellence of the teaching staff and the complementary activities will enable participants to have direct and privileged contact with the real situation in the sector.


To provide participants with a legal specialization in the area of maritime law, complemented by training on the shipping and port business for professionals working within the shipping sector or wishing to start doing so.

Who is it for?

The programme is aimed at professionals with over 5 years of experience in the port-maritime sector who wish to enhance their professional profile.

The master's degree is also aimed at graduates and final year students in various areas:

- Shipping - Marine - Port: Naval Engineers, Naval Technical Engineers. Graduates in Shipping and Maritime Transport Nautical and in Naval Machinery. Holders of a degree in Maritime Navigation and Naval Machinery.
- Law and Economics: Graduates in Law, Business Administration and Management, Economics, Business, etc.
- Engineering or technical/scientific degrees: Civil Engineesr. Engineers in other specialist fields.



Public Law of Shipping and Port Law
2 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
  • Sources and types of maritime law.
  • Maritime law applied to shipping.
  • Administrative management of shipping.
  • Port law: administration, services and prices
Safety of Shipping and Protection of the Sea Bed
3 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
  • Specific IMO Convention and the European Union regulations.
  • Safety of the ship: Shipbuilding design, construction, structure and equipment.


Subjects of Shipping
2 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
  • Owners, co-owners and shipping agents.
  • Ship managers.
  • Crew on board: captain, officers and crew.
  • Maritime labour relations.
  • Partners of shipping on shore.
The Legal Status of the Ship
2 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
  • Concept, nature and types of purchase.
  • Registration and flagging of ships.
  • Private legal.
  • Registration publicity.
  • Shipbuilding contract.
  • Contract for the sale of the vessel.
  • Ship mortgage.
  • Maritime liens.
Ship Operating Contract and Ancillary Contracts
4 ECTS. 35 teaching hours.
  • Introduction, classification and sources.
  • Ship Lease Contract.
  • Time charter contract.
  • Voyage charter contract.
  • Shipping contract under the bill of lading system.
  • Passenger transport contract.
  • Towage contracts.
  • Multimodal transport contract.
  • Piloting contract.
  • Loading and unloading contract.
Shipping Accidents and Limitation of Liability
3 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
  • Introduction, classification and sources.
  • Collision.
  • Salvage.
  • General average.
  • Liability for maritime pollution.
  • Limitation of liability.
Maritime Insurance Law
3 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
  • Introduction, applicable sources and general conditions.
  • Formal and personal contract elements.
  • Real elements: insurable interests.
  • Obligations of insured parties.
  • Risks insured in the coverage of hulls.
  • Risks insured in coverage of goods.
  • Special coverage.
  • Settlement of compensation: corrective actions.
  • Protection and indemnity clubs.
  • Coverage of liability of shipping agents and charterers.
Maritime Procedures
2 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
  • Judicial jurisdiction.
  • Preventive lien of ships.
  • Execution on the ship and voluntary jurisdiction.
  • Maritime arbitration.
Port Technology and Maritime Operations
2 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
  • Ship theory.
  • Shipping nomenclature.
  • Classification of ships according to service.
  • Shipping documents.
  • The shipbuilding process.
  • Classification societies.
  • Navigation.
  • Repairs and maintenance.
  • Transformations.
  • Inspections and surveys (ship and cargo).
Traffic analysis
3 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
  • Liner shipping versus tramp line: liner shipping and the freight conference.
  • Traffic of oil and petroleum products and chemicals.
  • Container transport.
  • Passenger transport.
  • Cruise traffic.
  • Transport of gases.
  • Transportation of dry bulk goods.
  • Various maritime transports.
Commercial Operation of the Ship. Charterings
4 ECTS. 35 teaching hours.
  • Companies in the shipping business.
  • The shipping company, shipping agent and freight forwarding company.
  • The shipping broker.
  • Capital costs.
  • Fixed costs.
  • Variable costs.
  • Total costs.
  • Liner shipping costs: scale account.
  • Transport under the c/e system.
  • Time charter.
  • Negotiating the charter.
  • Voyage charter.
  • Lay and demurrage periods.
  • Bareboat charter.
  • Alternative types of charter.
  • Income versus expenditure.
  • Vetting.
  • The freight market.
  • Freight equivalence.
  • Bunker.
International Goods Transport
4 ECTS. 35 teaching hours.
  • Introduction to international trade.
  • Terms of delivery.
  • Incoterms.
  • International methods of collection and payment.
  • Uniform law of international trade.
  • Multimodal transport.
  • Loading and unloading operations.
  • Goods transport by road.
  • The role of customs in transport.
  • Intermodality and advanced efficient logistics.
  • Port intermodality.
  • Establishing a logistics network.


Students on the master's degree course will participate in a course-cruise on maritime logistics organized by the School of Short Sea Shipping lasting four days, on board one of the cruise-ferry ships operated by the company Grimaldi on the Barcelona-Rome route.

The course includes lectures, practical workshops on board the ship (visits to the various operating parts of a ship: loading and stowage of cargo, bridge, engine room, etc.), and teamwork to solve a case and a visit to the ports of Barcelona and Civittavecchia.

Maritime Policy
2 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
  • Introduction to maritime policy.
  • International maritime policy.
  • EU maritime policy.
  • Open registries.
  • Cabotage and short sea shipping
Maritime Insurance
3 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
  • Introduction to maritime insurance.
  • Technical branches.
  • Hull insurance.
  • Insurance of goods.
  • Management of accidents in transport insurance.
  • Protection and indemnity clubs.
  • Transport reinsurance.
Maritime Economics
4 ECTS. 35 teaching hours.
  • Balance sheet and profit and loss account.
  • Introduction to economics.
  • Accounting and the General Accounting Plan.
  • Financial mathematics.
  • Loans and repayment.
  • Fixed assets and depreciation.
  • Basic financing.
  • Ship financing.
  • Current assets.
  • Analysis of balances.
  • Ratios.
  • Financial statements of shipping companies.
  • Investment analysis.
  • Business valuation.
  • Suspension of payments and bankruptcy.
  • Macroeconomics.
  • Spanish fiscal system.
  • Application to the maritime sector.
Business Management
2 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
  • Human resources management.
  • The curriculum vitae.
  • Effective presentation techniques.
  • Personnal recruitment techniques.
  • Strategic plan and decision making.
  • Logistics strategy.
  • Information systems and the new economy.
  • Quality management.
  • Creating a business.
  • Money laundering prevention.
2 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
  • Introduction to marketing.
  • Concepts, functions and tools.
  • Strategic management.
  • Business strategy.
  • Sales force.
  • Product policy.
  • Price policy.
  • Marketing plan.
Maritime English
3 ECTS. 25 teaching hours.
  • Nautical and technical English.
  • Business English.
  • Legal English.
Port Management
2 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
  • Types of ports.
  • Demand and traffic planning.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Trading ports.
  • Analysis of port capacity.
  • Administrative concessions
  • Logistics Activity Zone.
  • ISPS Code.
Sports Marina
2 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
  • Introduction to pleasure craft.
  • Sports harbours.
  • Registration and flagging.
  • Insurance contracts for pleasure craft.
  • Operating contracts for pleasure craft.
Master's degree final project
6 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • de Melo Rodríguez, Germán
    Doctor, Merchant Navy. Professor in the Barcelona Faculty of Nautical Studies. Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya.

Teaching staff

  • Álvarez Arroyo, Soledad
    Ex-Head of Chartering at CEPSA
  • Arrazola Méndez, Francisco José
  • Barbadillo Eizaguirre, Jesús
    Garrigues Walker & Associats Legal Practice
  • Bonelo Martínez, Álvaro
    Managing Director at CEMCO Cement Trading, SL
  • Campos Cacheda, José Magín
    Doctorate in Civil Engineering, specializing in Construction, Organization and Management from the University of Cantabria. Postgraduate Diploma in Mobility Planning and Management, Master's Degree in e-Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Master's Degree in Law and Shipping Maritime Business and Port Management and a Master's Degree in Mobility Planning and Management; in addition to various postgraduate courses in municipal and road safety engineering. He has won two prizes related to civil engineering (DRAGADOS and URALITA). Professor at Polytechnic University of Catalonia from 1999.
  • Candomeque Echave-Sustaeta, Andrés Javier
    Mestre and Partners Lawyer's Office.
  • Cobos Delgado, Ismael
    He holds a PhD, a MEng in Marine Technology and Marine Engineering; a BEng in Ship Science/Naval Architecture and a Masters in Shipping Business, all from the UPC. Currently Head, Maritime Training and Human Element (IMO). e began his professional career as Engineer Officer in 1999 before joining the shipping industry ashore as ship manager in a ship repair and refit shipyard. In the Spanish Maritime Administration from 2004, in June 2012, he was appointed Counsellor for Transport of the Embassy of Spain in London and representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
  • de Candia, Matteo
    Director of Grandi Navi Velocci (GNV) at Barcelona.
  • de la Ossa Martínez, Antonio
    Consultor. Ex director general de Aduanas.
  • de la Vega Alemparte, Ricard
    Consultor en calidad del Gabinete de Planificación, Evaluación y Calidad de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya y profesor asociado de la Universitat de Barcelona.
  • de Melo Ponce, Clara
    Licenciada en Periodismo. Licenciada en Administración y Dirección de Empresas. Máster en Comunicación. Master Executive in Business Administration por ESADE. Profesora asociada de Comunicación Corporativa en el Máster Oficial de Comunicación Especializada
  • de Melo Ponce, Germán
    Degree in Economics and in Business Management and Adinistration in Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Degree in Law in Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. Former tax and Customs Inspector in the Agencia Nacional de la Administración Tributaria. Former Head of the Spanish Customs in Tenerife and in Algeciras. Former Delegate of the Ministry of Finance in Melilla. Currently working as European Commission Official in Customs Legislation.
  • de Melo Rodríguez, Germán
    Doctor, Merchant Navy. Professor in the Barcelona Faculty of Nautical Studies. Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Díez i Besora, Josep Lluís
    Abogado. Director de Dominio Público y Seguridad Integral de la Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona. Profesor Asociado de Derecho Marítimo, Transporte y Logística en la Facultad de Derecho de la URV. Máster en Derecho Marítimo por el Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Barcelona. Máster en Shipping Business i Posgraduado en Dirección de Operaciones Portuarias por la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Fernández Arderius, Francisco
    Naval and Ocean Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Professor of Facultat de Nàutica de Barcelona-UPC
  • Font Ferrer, Maria Teresa
    Abogada en el Bufete Anna Mestres y Asociados.
  • Galobart Regas, Isidro
    Abogado Profesor Facultad de Náutica de Barcelona de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Grau Lara, Joel
    Broker. Director of Mardmedsa Chatering .
  • Gross Rocher, Enrique
    Consignatario. Coordinador General ARCAS Spain
  • Gual i Palau, Sílvia
    Licenciada en Derecho. Profesional de la Banca.
  • Hill Prados, Concepción
    Doctora en Derecho por la Universitat de Barcelona. Profesora de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universitat de Barcelona.
  • Martínez de Carvajal Hedrich, Ernesto
    Licenciado en Náutica y Transporte Marítimo y Máster en Derecho y Negocio Marítimo y Gestión Portuaria (Shipping Business) por la UPC. Máster Universitario en Formación del Profesorado de Bachillerato FP y ESO (UNIR). Técnico Superior en Informática de Gestión. Máster en Comercio Electrónico (UAH). Comisario de Averías (Buques Mercantes, Pesqueros, Yates) (COMME). Perito Judicial Informático. CEO de HEDRICH Computer Forensic. Autor de 14 libros (Informática, Peritaje, Robótica, Domótica, Aeronáutica, Drones).
  • Martinez Jiménez, Isabel
    Catedrática de Derecho Mercantil en la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Montori Díez, Agustín
    Capitán de la Marina Mercante
  • Orts Llopis, Mª Angeles
    Profesora de la Universidad de Murcia. Doctora en Filología Moderna (Inglés). Docente de Lenguas para Fines Profesionales y Específicos y traductora especializada . En la actualidad adscrita al Departamento de Traducción e Interpretación, donde imparto las Traducciones Especializadas.
  • Pachá Vicente, Esteban
    Embajada de España en Londres, representante permanente de España en la Organización Marítima Internacional. Director Internacional Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO).
  • Padrón Santiago, Antonio Manuel
    Capitán de la Marina Mercante, Consejero Técnico en Seguridad y Medio Ambiente de la DGMM (Ministerio de Fomento) y Embajador Marítimo de la OMI. Ha sido Secretario General del COMME y Profesor de la Universidad de Cádiz (UCA) además de Capitán Marítimo (Autoridad Marítima) de Tenerife entre 2004 y 2018.En el plano internacional ha participado proyectos de investigación y cooperación con estancias en Albania, Bélgica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Eslovenia, Estados Unidos de América, Francia, Honduras, Jordania, Líbano, Panamá, Polonia, Reino Unido, Senegal y Turquía.
  • Pardo de Santallana Bustillo, Alfredo
    Ingeniero Naval
  • Pavón García, Narcis
    Director de Operaciones de la Terminal de Contenedores de Barcelona SL: Licenciado en Marina Civil para la FNB (UPC). Master en Supply Chain Management (ICIL). Experiencia profesional como Director de Terminal a K5 Oil Centre (Guinea Ecuatorial). Conuntry Manager Gabangare (West Africa). Director de Operaciones y OPIP de Terminal.
  • Paz Burgos, Jaime
    Head of Customer Service en Ocean Network Express
  • Pendón Meléndez, Miguel Angel
    Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Training at the University of Cadiz.
  • Peris Lull, Jacobo
    Abogado. Bufete Peris Walter.
  • Pesquera Gonzalez, Miguel Angel
    Profesor titular de la Universidad de Cantabria.
  • Portales Rodríguez, Javier
    Abogado en Albors & Galiano
  • Pozo Tamarit, Jordi
    Senior Marine Underwriter RSA
  • Quiñones Ruiz, José Miguel
    Graduado Social por la UB. Licenciado en Ciencias del Trabajo (UOC). Máster en Relaciones Laborales y Desarrollo de la Empresa por la UPC. Doctorando del Departamento de Organización de empresas de la UPC Técnico de Gestión de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Actualmente con cargo de Administrador y Ningún UTG Campus UPC Vilanova i la Geltrú.
  • Ruiz-Galvez Villaverde, Félix
    S.F. Ruiz - Gálvez Abogados
  • Saurí Marchán, Sergi
    Doctor Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos por la UPC y Licenciado en Economía por la Universidad de Barcelona. En enero de 2007 se incorporó al CENIT. Previamente estuvo trabajando durante cuatro años en una empresa de ingeniería (SENER, Ingeniería y Sistemas, S.A.) realizando estudios y proyectos de diversos temas de transportes. Recibió el IV Premio Abertis de Investigación en Gestión de Infraestructuras del Transporte (2007) por su tesis doctoral "Modelización y regulación óptima de las concesiones de terminales portuarias de contenidores". Es profesor del Departamento de Infraestructura del Transporte y del Territorio de la UPC desde el 2004. En el 2008 fue Visiting Scholar en el Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • Sierra Noguero, Eliseo
    Profesor agregado de Derecho mercantil en la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Premio extraordinario de promoción. Doctor en Derecho. Premio "Mario Jacchia". Autor de numerosos libros y artículos sobre Derecho mercantil y Derecho marítimo publicado en revistas nacionales e internacionales. Ha ejercido como abogado y juez sustituto.
  • Soriano Sanz, Francisco
    Merchant Seaman. Consultant.
  • Trius Traserra, Jordi
    Licenciado en Económicas. Director general de Marmedsa.
  • Veras Sepúlveda, Luis Armando
  • Vidal Comas, José Francisco
    Profesor de la Escuela Europea Short Sea Shipping

General information

60 ECTS (515 teaching hours)
Start date
Classes start:18/10/2019Classes end:19/06/2020Programme ends: 18/12/2020
Monday  18:00 to 22:00Tuesday  18:00 to 22:00Wednesday  18:00 to 22:00Thursday  18:00 to 22:00Friday  17:00 to 21:00Saturday  10:00 to 14:30
Monday through Tuesday from 18 to 22 h (These sessions are every other week).
Friday from 17 to 21 h.
Saturdays from 10 to 14 h.
Taught at
Facultat de Nàutica de Barcelona (FNB)
Pla de Palau, 18
Telephone: (34) 93 112 08 83
Special master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain it, is necessary to have an official university qualification. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya.

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Virtual Campus
The students on this Master's degree will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
9.000 €
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


Language of instruction
Payment of enrolment fee
The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
- In two instalments:
  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 90 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme

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