Marine Learning Alliance Ltd

PgDip Sustainable Maritime Operations

MLA College delivers innovative distance e-learning courses for the global marine industry.  Their range of education and training products include short courses, undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications and the subjects include hydrography, meteorology, oceanography and sustainable maritime operations.

Their award-winning Total Learning Package allows students to study the University of Plymouth approved programmes whilst remaining in their own jobs and learning at their own pace.  All of their courses are accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.

Key features

  • Equip yourself with the relevant management skills for working in the modern global maritime world.
  • Learn the very latest methods, concepts, and theories to enable you to understand and analyse, in a multidisciplinary way, the complexities of the 21st century maritime and shipping world.
  • Progress rapidly through your studies and gain the tools to become a leader in all areas of maritime operations.
  • We focus on the interconnectedness of global maritime supply chains, and place strong emphasis on methodology and analytical skill development.
  • Gain the tools, ability and confidence to make decisions with managerial style and determination, under complex and ever changing conditions in the global marine and maritime economic environment.
  • Flexible distance e-learning designed with seafaring and offshore students in mind.
  • Delivered by leading academics and industry experts
  • Benefit from interactive, dynamic, portable and highly relevant course content tailored for online learning - we use videos, audio, interactive tests and quizzes.
  • Specifically designed for delivery both online and offline; stream or download lectures to watch when you don't have an internet connection.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Optional modules
    • MLA704 Protecting the Marine Environment

      Protection of the Marine Environment offers students the opportunity to examine the state of the global ocean and coastal zone, with an emphasis on the effects of maritime activity. In particular, students study the physical and biological nature of the ocean, its sensitivity to mankind¿s marine activity, requirements and techniques for oceanic protection and current, probable future risks, including the role of sustainable maritime development.

    • MLA705 Ship and Marine Operations

      This module explores the role of marine operations, the oil & gas industry and shipping in the extraction of natural resources and movement of freight, in the international, intermodal industry. Global marine trade, shipping, ships and port operation are examined in detail and specific shipping operator roles are identified.

    • MLA706 Offshore Renewable Energy

      Marine Renewable Energy equips students with a strong and stable background framework knowledge and understanding in this specialist area of expertise. Bringing together meteorology, oceanographic and coastal environmental process together with modern renewable engineering techniques, it provides students with a practical and forward looking skill set in this field.

    • MLA707 Coastal Zone Management

      This module examines maritime activity and its effects in the coastal zone. Examining the status quo in populated and remote coastal zones it offers students a broad perspective on natural and human impacts on littoral areas, embracing the effects of environmental and climate change, commercial and industrial development, legislative control, tourism and leisure.

    • MLA708 Maritime Strategy and Policy

      Maritime Strategy and Policy sets students¿ learning into a worldwide marine economy perspective, through the analysis of maritime commercial practice. Appraisal of the occasionally conflicting areas of marine markets, sales, finance, management, leadership, organisational behaviour, operations, maritime communication, enterprise and corporate social responsibility are brought together to develop students¿ knowledge and understanding.

    • MLA709 Work Based Learning for Marine Professionals

      This module contributes to students¿ academic understanding (`cognitive learning¿) by applying theoretical concepts in practice. Students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding relevant to the business in which they operate, and develop critical responses to existing scientific, engineering and commercial practices.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

All applications are considered on individual merit in relation to the aims and outcomes of the programme.

The criteria below set out normal minimum qualifications required for entry to the PgDip Sustainable Maritime Operations course.

The standard entry requirements will be one of:

  • A first degree, or appropriate professional or academic qualifications (UK, EU or international) deemed by the University to be equivalent to a first degree. 
  • If you don’t possess appropriate HE qualifications, you may be admitted to a postgraduate programme on the basis of prior experience, if the programme leader/admissions tutor considers that you have demonstrated the potential to complete the programme successfully.

View course entry requirements on the Marine Learning Alliance website.

English language requirements

If you have not obtained or do not have the appropriate entry qualifications in the English language, you may be required to produce evidence of English language ability. This will normally be the equivalent of:

  • GCSE Grade C or above in English language.
  • IELTS average score of 6.5 or above with a score of at least 6.5 in the written component.
  • Equivalencies are detailed in ‘Admissions Information and Procedures’ issued by the University Secretariat.

Fees, costs and funding

For the latest information regarding programme fees please visit: 

How to apply

To apply for either the BSc or MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations course please fill in the online application form on the Marine Learning Alliance website.

Admissions tutors for the MLA College will check all applications thoroughly, and may also arrange an interview (usually by telephone or Skype), in order to assess your suitability for study. Offers are based on the information provided in the application documents and interview (where appropriate).

If you have any further questions or would like to discuss any aspect of studying with MLA College, please contact the Marine Learning Alliance.

Our partnership with Marine Learning Alliance Ltd

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

MLA College

The MLA College has developed blended distance e-learning programmes that are perfectly suited to marine professionals seeking advancement of skills and qualifications without having to attend university full time.

We have developed a flexible syllabus that meets the growing market need for part time study that fits around your working patterns.

Find out more about the MLA College