MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations

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Part time September, January MSc, PGDip, PGCert MSc 2.5 years - part-time distance learning
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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations programme offered by the University of Plymouth. This prestigious programme, available at PgCert, PgDip, and Master’s levels, is tailored for senior managers seeking in-depth knowledge of sustainable maritime practices. Delivered through part-time distance learning by MLA College, the course offers flexibility to accommodate your professional and personal commitments. The curriculum covers crucial topics such as marine science, engineering management, and maritime industry practices. You can further enhance your expertise by selecting from a range of optional modules like offshore renewable energy and coastal zone management. The programme culminates in a comprehensive 12-month research project. Entry requirements include a foundation degree in a maritime-related subject or relevant work experience, making it accessible to a diverse range of applicants. With a focus on practical skills and industry relevance, this programme equips you with the tools to drive sustainable operations in the maritime sector.

About the course

The MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations, awarded by the University of Plymouth, can be studied at PgCert, PgDip and Master’s levels.

Delivered via part-time distance learning, MLA College provides a flexible approach to study, allowing it to easily fit around your work and life commitments.

About the Programme 

Built with senior managers in mind, the MSc will provide you with a deep knowledge of the physical and biological issues posed to the marine environment by maritime activities. You will design, develop, test and critically evaluate sustainable operations in a number of contexts; energy delivery, coastal zone management, financial and operational management.


 The PgCert contains three modules; 

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Entry Requirements

A foundation degree (FdSc/HND) in a maritime related subject plus at least two years work experience as a senior officer (2nd officer and above) or a relevant undergraduate degree or Portfolio accreditation of Accredited Prior Learning (APL) and relevant work experience. The minimum English language requirements for this course at NQF 6 and above is: Plymouth University requirement: IELTS (Academic) Postgraduate programmes (level 7) overall 6.5, minimum component scores 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing).


£9,000 full MSc
£5,750 MSc top-up

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MLA College is pleased to announce it will be awarding a number of bursaries in 2020/2021 to applicants who have annual incomes of less than £25,000 (or equivalent). Bursaries will also be available for women (UK or non-UK residents) to support Women into Maritime and Women into Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).

Each bursary awarded will be for the period of registration and the single payment of £500 will be made on completion of the initial enrolment process and payment of tuition fees, following the production of the required evidence. Please note this is not an annual award.

The available bursaries for successful applicants are in 3 categories:

6 bursaries of £500 for UK resident students over 25 years of age on enrolment
6 bursaries of £500 for non-UK resident students over 25 years of age on enrolment
6 bursaries of £500 for women over 25 years of age on enrolment who are UK or non-UK resident students

Eligibility to apply for a bursary:

Be enrolled/holding an unconditional offer (as confirmed by the relevant Programme Manager) on a MLA College Higher Education programme

Be paying the expected tuition fee, either in full or via an agreed instalment plan

Value of Scholarship(s)



6 bursaries of £500 for UK resident students over 25 years of age on enrolment
6 bursaries of £500 for non-UK resident students over 25 years of age on enrolment
6 bursaries of £500 for women over 25 years of age on enrolment who are UK or non-UK resident students

Application Procedure


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Due to the success of our Women in Maritime Scholarship scheme we have decided to extend it for the September 2021 term.

Launched in March 2021 to support International Women’s Day, and to tackle gender inequalities in the sector, MLA College awarded all new female students enrolling onto the May 2021 term a £500 scholarship.

The scholarship, which comes in the form of a fee reduction, is available across all our degree programmes, and will continue to be awarded to all newly enrolling females starting their degrees in the September 2021 term.

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Value of Scholarship(s)



£500 in the form of a fee reduction will be awarded to all new female students enrolling onto the September 2021 term.

Application Procedure


Any active serving members, Reservists or Veterans of the following Armed Forces:
Royal Navy
British Army
Royal Air Force
Royal Marines

Current serving members of UK Cadet Forces

Immediate family members will also be eligible for the scheme.

The discount can be applied to any degree programme with MLA College, a full list of degrees can be viewed here. The discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarship or bursary, except the Women in Maritime.

The discount is a 10% fee reduction on the tuition fees for any degree programme offered by MLA College, subject to admissions criteria. The discount will be made within your offer letter when applying for your degree. Offer letters and discounts are valid for the term you have applied for. If you defer until a later term, fees may change.

The offer cannot be exchanged for cash.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10 per cent


Available for all serving UK Service Personnel, Reservists, Cadets, Veterans and member of their immediate family. More information can be found here:

Application Procedure

When applying for a degree you will need to make the Admissions Team aware that you wish to apply for the discount. You can do this by uploading one of the below documents to your online application:

A copy of your Armed Forces or Veteran ID Card
A copy of your Certificate of Service
A copy of your birth certificate (applicable for family members – please also include the ID or Certificate of Service for the family member that is or has served in the military).
Alternatively, you can email the Admissions Team at

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Alumni receive a 25% discount for any programmes should they return to their studies with MLA College.

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% Discount


Upon successful completion of their programme, graduates are invited to join the MLA College Alumni Society.

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