Principles of Sustainable Development (MLA411)
This module introduces students to the ideas and concepts that have underpinned our thinking around sustainable development. Through a series of lectures and visits, students will explore the ways in which we have approached sustainability on a number of fronts. It also uses sustainable development as a framework for enhancing key academic skills, and enculturation into the expectations of studying in UK Higher Education.
Environmental Systems (MLA412)
Systems thinking is a crucial skill when considering sustainability. This module discovers the four systems of the natural world; the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. In particular it addresses their linkages, such that changes in one often result in impacts in another. This knowledge will underpin all discussion of the environmental science in the course.
Economic Geography (MLA413)
Economic inequalities are addressed within a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This module explains some of the fundamental and theoretical economic concepts at play, as well as discusses how economic systems can provide both the cause, and potential solutions, behind many of these areas of global and regional inequality.
Space and Society (MLA414)
How humans organise and identify themselves, and the kinds of political and cultural conditions this creates have a significant impact on the differences between us. Moreover, they can also underpin our relationship with nature. Thus, this module will investigate the ways in humans have organised and conceived of space and the places they live in and relate to.
Mapping Sustainable Solutions (MLA415)
Many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals are concerned with the differences between the human and natural world. However, in developing students as researchers, it is important to understand how practitioners collect and analyse information in order to understand these spatial differences. This module will look at various ways of data collection, analysis, and presentation to help answer these concerns.
Fees, costs and funding
How to apply
To apply for the 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 MLA College
Partner college open days
This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.
University of Plymouth open days
You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and 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.