The MSc/MA Professional Practice Maritime is a flexible postgraduate course, especially designed for seafarers and shore based maritime professionals who are looking to use their existing industry qualifications (such as the Class 1 Certificate of Competence) towards a Masters degree.
This MSc Maritime course enables you to integrate your current qualifications, experience and study all while you work. Our adaptable approach allows you to tailor its contents around the needs of your present working role and study remotely if your wish to further your career in the maritime industry, whether that be in a seafaring or a shore based role. Those who will benefit most highly are seafarers seeking a qualification that will allow them to transfer into different industries.
As this is a distant learning course, your costs will be kept to a minimum. As contact with your course tutors is arranged via the phone or email, there is also no requirement for internet access. The Marine Society is responsible for all of the administration on your behalf making your work/study experience as seamless as possible and offering you more study time to reach your goal of a future maritime qualification.
In order to join this Masters course you will have held a Class 1 Certificate of Competency for three years or hold an equivalent qualification in a related subject and be currently working in the maritime sector.
If you have been working in a management role within the sector for five or more years but don’t hold a Class 1 Certificate of Competency, it may be possible to join by taking an additional Review of Learning module.
This element of the course is designed to introduce and develop the knowledge and skills required to engage in the work-based learning process. You will create a professional development plan and learning agreement that will serve as the focus of your studies, and that will be agreed between your employer and our Business School.
Learn and experiment with methods of inquiry to inform your own work or professional practice. Activities will enable you to gain inquiry-related skills including critical analysis, evaluation and appraisal. These skills will help you to select, develop and apply appropriate methods of inquiry for your work-based projects.
Case scenarios may include the analysis of the context in which a certain project is being undertaken. This will include your role, position as worker/researcher and the ethical implications that arise from this.
Negotiated Work Based Learning Projects
Adopting and managing projects such as personnel and health and safety will allow you to improve or inform areas of your own, or fellow students work.
The title of your qualification, MSc or MA in Professional Practice or Work Based Learning Studies will largely be determined by your choice of focus.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
To discuss an aspect of the programme or to make an application contact the Marine Society.
Phone: 020 7654 7050
Email: Marine Society education
This course provides an excellent opportunity for practitioners to use their existing expertise, professional qualifications or work experience to gain a Masters. It is particularly suitable for those who wish to develop their leadership potential whilst continuing to develop their professional practice. This qualification will be directly relevant to your field of work and the work based projects you complete will provide a positive attribute to your organisation’s work intentions.
As 81% of employers value employability skills over type or class of degree, it’s essential you develop these while studying and utilise our Employability Service on campus. We provide one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters and interview techniques. We offer part-time, internships and graduate roles plus webinars, workshops and events and a support service to those wishing to start their own business.
Paul Bryson, Assistant Harbour Master,
Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners
MSc in Work Based Learning Studies (Marine Accident Management)
Despite holding a Class 1 Masters, ND Nautical Science, Diploma in Marine Engineering and Diploma in Marine surveying, Irish Ferries Staff Captain Paul Bryson always felt that a degree was missing from his C.V. “When I saw the Middlesex University work based, postgraduate qualification advertised I realised that I would be able to continue working full time whilst attaining my degree,” said Paul. My employers, Dobson Fleet Management, technical managers of Irish Ferries, were extremely supportive.
The work based nature of the degree meant that Paul could design his course to benefit his career development. On that basis he elected to focus on marine accident management, and how the company deals with accidents to passengers and crew onboard its vessels.
Through a process of accreditation for his prior qualifications and experience, Paul was able to go straight onto the postgraduate level course without having to complete a bachelors degree first. The work based nature of the course means that he is on schedule to complete within 12 months. “While I was doing the actual project it felt like it was growing all the time. I kept coming up with new ideas and other potential research areas. Although I spent a lot of time preparing the project, I feel it was extremely worthwhile.”
Paul found the most challenging aspect of the course was finding a balance between work, family life and studies. There were periods when significant time had to be devoted to the course. However the support of the Marine Society made a huge difference. “Previously I had little understanding of what the Marine Society did, but they were excellent. They assisted with the initial paperwork and also reduced the actual costs involved by providing very attractive payment options to minimise the expenses involved,” said Paul.
These fees assume that candidates hold a Class one CoC.
Fees with a Marine Society scholarship - £4500
Fees without a Marine Society scholarship - £5000
Marine Society scholarship not available- £6800