MLA College

Published: 28 Feb 2017

MLA College logoMLA College offers degree qualifications by distance learning. Our technology allows students to study for a degree qualification whilst remaining in their job and without needing to travel. We offer subjects including Sustainable Maritime Operations, Hydrography for Professionals and Meteorology/ oceanography.

We are a partner college of Plymouth University, which has 150 years of history in delivering maritime education and our degrees are fully accredited by the university. This includes study at postgraduate – Master’s – level and undergraduate – Bachelor’s – level.

Our Sustainable Maritime Operations degree will give you new management skills in analysis, evaluation, presentation and writing at a higher level. When you combine this with an understanding gained in the operation, governance and technology of the maritime world, then you will fully equipped to progress to a more advanced career level.

It includes modules covering marine science and engineering management, project and data management and maritime industry practice. There is also the opportunity to choose modules in an area that interests you, such as marine renewable energy, strategy & policy or coastal environment. Finally there is a dissertation to be completed on a subject of your choosing.

This course is particularly suitable for middle to senior management grades working in ship management, port operations, marine renewables, off shore oil & gas, engineering and defence. It is also an ideal course for those transitioning to or recently established in a shore-based role.

We have a great pass rate of 95% and can accept professional experience instead of academic certificates as qualification to study. Bursaries towards the cost of study are also available by application.

The course is delivered by distance learning, which means that the students receive teaching materials electronically and study wherever they want to. Each student is allocated a personal academic tutor from our staff who is available anytime to support your learning and to give personalised feedback on your work.

Our Total Learning Platform technology is a proven, successful and flexible way of bringing the UK’s leading maritime university to the workplace. It delivers your study materials using a method of your choice: direct download of files to your PC, via our unique web app onto your tablet or smartphone, online web portal access or via USB stick.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of marine industry individuals and employers, our combination of video lectures, transcripts, supporting materials and assessments offer a

unique way to study on a part-time basis whilst onboard ship, in the office, or at home. There is no need to take any exams; all assessment is made by our tutors via coursework exercises.

MLA College is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), who are a professional membership body of 18,000 members and charity dedicated to the advancement and support of marine professionals around the globe.

Every student receives complimentary student membership of the IMarEST for the period of their studies. We have a small staff of academic tutors and developers based in Plymouth in the UK but we have more than 250 students on over 50 countries studying with us.

We have won several awards for the quality of our courses including recently the Gold award at the Learning Technologies Awards in London. We won our category of Best Online Distance Learning Programme for our ‘Delivering degrees to seafarers without internet’ submission.

The panel of independent academics were impressed by the combination of innovative technology with traditional academic tutoring for each student to enable a whole new generation of seafarers to gain a higher qualification whilst remaining in their full-time job.



Phone: +44 (0)1752 764 889

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