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.

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The Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (IMarEST) has launched a campaign aimed at supporting seafarers in developing their skills and demonstrating their competencies.

The campaign raises awareness of options available to seafarers to grow their knowledge whilst continuing their role at sea - such as innovative e-learning higher education courses specifically relevant for senior management positions ashore – for example an MSc in Sustainable Maritime Operations.

IMarEST also reminds seafarers how to use their existing certificates of competency to gain professional qualifications such as Chartered or Registered status. The IMarEST recognises certificates of competency (both deck and engine) as equivalent to up to Master’s-level learning, making it easier for seafarers to apply for professional registration and achieve a universally recognised professional status.

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In December 2015, the School of Surveying at the University of Otago, in partnership with the Hydrographic Academy of the Marine Learning Alliance (Plymouth, UK), offered their inaugural Southern Hemisphere practical hydrographic paper (SURV562). This paper was part of a Postgraduate Programme students can study via e-learning with MLA and is also available to School of Surveying students. Attending the truly international course were students from NZ, Australia, Hong Kong, Ghana, Germany and The Netherlands, as well as an MLA instructor from the UK and Emily Tidey from the School of Surveying!


The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) is delighted to announce Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), an integrated maritime solutions leader, as a Marine Partner of the Institute. As part of the partnership, all BSM Superintendents will be awarded Affiliate membership to the Institute.

“I am very pleased to welcome BSM and to begin what I know will be a supportive and valuable relationship. They have demonstrated a high level of commitment to continued professional development and we look forward to supporting them with this through both membership and our learning arm, the Marine Learning Alliance Ltd. (MLA). We will provide them with a bespoke management and leadership training package to benefit their fleet managers and marine superintendents.” David Loosley, IMarEST Chief Executive.

IMarEST’s Marine Partners are able to work closely with the Institute to promote professional registration and membership, continuing professional development, knowledge sharing and learning opportunities within their organisations and the wider marine community. Partners are also offered global industry networking opportunities and discounts on international events and training amongst other benefits. These benefits are similarly available to Superintendents through their Affiliate membership, which also includes access to the Virtual Library, a leading marine repository; our monthly magazine, The Marine Professional; access to Special Interest Groups; access to their local IMarEST Branch and much more.

‘BSM is firmly committed to supporting the professional development of our employees and enabling everyone who works for us to thrive within their working environment. We are continuously investing to build a diverse and engaging culture that enables us to attract, develop and retain a highly professional and empowered workforce who deliver the best solutions for our customers and thereby sustained business growth for BSM. The global partnership established with the IMarEST is further testimony to this commitment and, through access to professional qualifications, will provide benefits to our employees, our company and our customers.’ Elena Pantazidou, Corporate Director HR Shore, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement.