HA Plymouth residential An updated version of the popular ‘Hydrography for Professionals’ practical residential education course will be delivered in May this year by Plymouth-based e-learning provider The Hydrographic Academy (part of the Marine Learning Alliance - MLA).  The course is delivered several times a year in Plymouth, UK and in partnership with the University of Otago in New Zealand. 

The module is a Master’s level education qualification accredited by Plymouth University and is taught in their state-of-the-art facilities on Plymouth’s historic waterfront.  Vessel and equipment facilities are provided by a range of industry experts including Fugro, Caris, Kongsberg and Sonardyne from their base in the city.

The module is presented as the culmination of a year’s distance e-learning as part of the complete postgraduate diploma programme and allows 16 students to deploy their theoretical skills in a real-world environment supervised by academic experts and industry professionals from the Hydrographic Academy and Plymouth University. 

Dr Richard Thain, Chief Executive of MLA, the education and training arm of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), commented

 “Students come from all over the world and this year’s intake will include those from UK, Sweden, Australia, Portugal, Indonesia, Slovenia and California, USA. All students are also given membership to the IMarEST for the full duration of their studies.”

The unique ‘blended distance e-learning’ delivery method of the Hydrographic Academy allows students to remain earning in their jobs whilst using the innovative technology, professional academic tutors and hands-on experience of the latest equipment for the best possible learning.


The Hydrographic Academy started as a department of Plymouth University in 2013, in response to a demand need for Master’s level professional Hydrographic education from offshore industry multinational Fugro.  Building on the global reputation for marine subjects of Plymouth University, the success of the distance e-learning programmes offered led to the venture ‘spinning out’ of the University to a limited company owned by The IMarEST and winning a Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Employer Engagement in 2014.  The Marine learning Alliance now offers a MSc and BSc top-up in Sustainable Maritime Operations in addition to Hydrography and is currently branching out in to short e-learning courses in meteorology, oceanography, management and leadership.

For more information please contact Adam Corney, Commercial Director at adam.corney@mla-uk.com


The IMarEST is an international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals. It is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, marine scientists and marine technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body. It is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership of over 17,000 based in over 128 countries.

Working with the global marine community, the IMarEST promotes the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide.

The IMarEST works with a growing number of corporate partners offering different levels of support to maritime organisations.  IMarEST ‘Marine Membership’ is open to all companies and organisations, providing access to membership benefits, knowledge-sharing, online promotion and exclusive

Dr Samantha Lavander who is an associate lecturer of MLA and responsible for the remote sensing lectures of the Hydrographic Academy programmes is presenting her brand new Practical Handbook of Remote Sensing, Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 pm at the Plymouth Athenaeum. The entry is free and there is a chance to win a free copy of the book.

BSM takes delivery of electronic learning

The first two modules of a suite of e-learning materials have been delivered to Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement by MLA. The modules concern Leadership & Management and Communications and are designed to help with the professional development of BSM’s Superintendents and other management staff.

These state-of-the-art, bespoke training resources are delivered by web app to smartphones and tablets so that staff can learn at a time and in a place that is most convenient to them. This allows them to gain greater skills whilst remaining productive in their day to day jobs at the same time.

The overall suite of learning materials will contain at least 10 modules covering a wide range of subjects around the maritime industry and particularly management related topics. They form part of the BSM drive to develop its staff and meet its core value of ‘Our people are essential’.

Elena Pantazidou, Director HR Shore, commented:

“I am delighted with the development of these e-learning lectures developed especially for BSM, as it allows our company to use the latest technology to improve the skills of our staff in the most efficient way.”

Be a "Pioneer"

Distance e-learning BSc & MSc in Sustainable Maritime Operations starting on Spring 2016

Very attractive fees of £7,000 for the full MSc programme (instead of £11,000) and of £4,500 for the full BSc are available for the first 25 students to choose this payment option. These students - the 'Pioneers' - will be part of a special cohort whose feedback will contribute to tailor the SMO programme as it is continuously developed by MLA and Plymouth University.

Click here for detailed SMO programme information.