Worldwide Higher Education
Delivering UK Higher Education to the World
Part-time Learning
Flexibility around life commitments
High Quality Programmes
Content provided by leading industry experts
Flexible Payment Options
Several payment options available to suit your needs
Fully Tutor Supported
Help, guidance and advice when needed

Who We Are

MLA College is a global, award-winning Higher Education provider specialising in the delivery of UK distance learning degrees, predominantly for the marine and maritime sector.

Founded in 2012, MLA College (formerly known as Marine Learning Alliance Ltd) was initially based within the University of Plymouth, our partner institution. But now, we are a registered Higher Education Institution in England in accordance with section 4(5) of the Higher Education and Research Act, 2017 (HERA). 

Our aim is to enrich the student experience, extend industry relevance, provide world-class education, and foster creative collaboration and strategic partnerships with other national and international educational institutions and the private sector.


We remain committed to a clearly defined set of core values where the learner is placed at the centre of everything we do.

  • Educational excellence
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Creativity
  • Academic freedom for all
  • Accessibility

What we do

We offer an extensive list of undergraduate and postgraduate distance learning degree programmes in sustainable maritime operations, meteorology, oceanography, hydrography, navigation, and engineering for marine professionals. 

These e-learning degrees are perfect for all seafarers and provide them with a wide array of maritime subject-specific and transferable business and managerial skills.

Students can also opt for Masters in Business Administration (top-up) in a variety of subjects including Maritime Operations, Capital Markets and Finance, Marketing, Financial Technology (FinTech) and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. As the official Academic Partner of CIFAL City of London, the 25th international training and research centre of the CIFAL Global Network and part of the UNITAR organisation, we have launched a range of programmes which focus on global sustainability and the importance attached to making changes to the way we operate across all industries. These focus on supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

How we deliver

Our programme delivery has been designed with the working professional in mind. Whether working at sea, or ashore, our Total Learning Package (TLP) allows you to study an undergraduate or postgraduate maritime UK degree, awarded by the University of Plymouth, regardless of your global location.

The TLP allows you to download your course materials so you can study on or offline at a pace that suits you. There are no live lectures, which allows you to balance your career and other life commitments whilst pursuing your university online degree. This is a huge advantage for many students, read some of their stories here.

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Why choose MLA College

  • High-quality Content: We have an expert in-house production team responsible for creating meaningful and engaging content with other leading industry and academic experts. In addition, all the lectures are backed up with both video and written content, which further creates a firm platform for you to digest information and encourage your own curiosity to expand your knowledge of the subjects.
  • Total Learning Package (TLP) Interface: Through the award-winning TLP interface, you can learn the theories, principles, and models relevant to your chosen degree programme.  It has been developed to provide an inclusive, easy to navigate environment, which includes all the teaching and learning materials needed.
  • Flexible Course Delivery: We offer the unique opportunity to start your online degree programme in January, May or September as we offer three in-takes per year. This provides more flexibility to all our students, thereby balancing pre-existing commitments, such as family or employment, whilst still being able to progress and continue their professional education. Similarly, relocating to a foreign country to gain a qualification is not an option for many students. However, studying with MLA College, they can easily obtain enhanced distance learning degrees and keep their costs to an absolute minimum.
  • Personal tutors to support your learning experience: We have a core team of subject-specific academics, all experts in their field, that are dedicated to help students through their studies. We also have an array of associate lecturers with expertise and experience working in diverse industrial sectors across the globe. These experts are utilised to offer tutor support to students wishing to undertake dissertations in their areas of specialisation. 

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