Marine Learning Alliance Ltd

MSc 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
  • Core modules
    • MLA712B Research Project

      Students have the opportunity to research a topic or problem of interest. An in-depth investigation employing numerical, analytical and/or modelling of data may be undertaken. Students may participate in either an established research area or follow a line of work based on their own interest.

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 MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations course.

The standard entry requirements will be one of:

  • A diploma/foundation degree (FdSc/HND) in Marine Engineering/Navigation Science (or equivalent) plus at least two years work experience as a senior officer (2nd officer and above).
  • A relevant undergraduate degree.
  • Portfolio accreditation of Accredited Prior Learning (APL) and relevant work experience.

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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