Hydrographic Academy Key Features
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It is a full Plymouth University approved degree qualification in Hydrography for Professionals. It is available to study at undergraduate (DipHE) or post-graduate levels (PgDip). It is delivered by fully tutor supported technology-enhanced distance learning. This course can fit flexibly around your work and life commitments.
Launched in 2012 from within Plymouth University’s School of Marine Science and Engineering, the Hydrographic Academy has quickly built a reputation for delivering fully supported university-level e-learning of an exceptional quality. We regularly receive outstanding student feedback, and in Nov 2014 won a Times Higher Education Award for outstanding employer engagement.
The course is perfect for marine professionals wanting to gain new survey and oceanographic skills and qualifications without having to study full time. The syllabus has been developed together with industry, so will give you academic theory and practical skills including subjects such as hydrographic survey practice and positioning, oceanography, and underwater acoustics.
When you have completed the course you will be fully equipped to work offshore in a hydrographic role. You will also have detailed survey production knowledge that will equip you to work in areas such as Oil & gas production and port operations and development.
You'll start by an 8 week introductory module, mandatory both for the DipHE and PgDip courses.
The DipHE consists of 8 modules, each of which takes 16 weeks to study. It is usually studied part-time, which means typically about 12-15 hours of study per week.
Modules run twice a year so, overall the DipHE degree takes about 4 years to complete.
The PgDip course only has 6 modules so will take about 3 years to complete. You may eventually be required to enrol in one or two bridging modules at the start of the programme, depending on your academic and professional qualifications.
It is possible to take a break between modules for family or professional reasons.
Your course is delivered by distance learning using the latest developments in technology in order to allow you to maximise the educational experience whilst studying in the place of your choosing at the times which are most convenient to you. Both the DipHE and PgDip programmes include also two 2 week residential practical modules held in Plymouth, UK and/or in Otago, New Zealand.
You will be allocated a personal academic tutor from our staff. They will be there to guide you through your studies, answer any questions and help with your assessments. Our tutors are all subject matter experts who have lots of teaching experience and are available to arrange a chat whenever you want.
You will have a choice of methods for accessing your teaching materials, namely:
- The innovative web app that can be downloaded to your smartphone or tablet. This will allow you to view the lectures whilst travelling or even at sea.
- Our state of the art Total Learning Package (TLP) gives you easy access to view all of the videos, assessments, documents and information that will support your learning.
- You can download the TLP or we can send you each module on a convenient USB memory stick for the ultimate flexibility.
You can pay by bank transfer or on-line on this website in three ways:
- By a monthly subscription. Evenly spread small payments over the duration of your course to allow you to manage your budget.
- By a lump sum payment in advance. Save money and gain peace-of-mind by settling all of your course fees up-front.
- Pay for each module as you go. Retain flexibility by paying for each module before you study it.