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Key Programme Information

  • Degree MSc Engineering for Marine Professionals
  • Language English
  • Awarding Body University of Plymouth
  • Start January, May or September Next start date is 16th September 2024
  • Cost £6,500
  • Duration 12 Months
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Course Description

If you are a First Engineer, Chief Engineer or Superintendent in the marine sector then the MSc Engineering for Maritime Professionals Degree programme is for you.

As a professional with several years senior marine engineering experience you will already have the skills, knowledge and expertise required to undertake a stand-alone 12-month independent research project which will progress you through your marine engineering career.  

During the 12 months you will plan, execute and report on a programme of research that is aligned with your aspirations and your current or chosen field of work within the maritime sphere.  This flexible, distance learning programme poses a good opportunity to continue studying even whilst at sea. 

You will be encouraged to discover your own research subject for investigation. However, your assigned tutor, who is there to support you through your studies, can assist you in developing an interesting subject to take forward.

Following successful completion of the research project you will graduate and be awarded the MSc Engineering for Marine Professionals by the University of Plymouth.

This Masters qualification has been utilised by a number of graduates as a route to demonstrate the ‘knowledge and understanding’ competency for those seeking Chartered Marine Engineer/Chartered Engineer status. Please note, if you intend to make an application for Chartered status, you will need to be able to demonstrate you meet all other competencies outlined here.

Application Information

  • A copy of your CV
  • A suitable English language certificate, for example an IELTS. A full list of certificates accepted can be found here. (For International students only)
  • Copies of academic certificates and/or transcripts
  • A copy of your passport (photo page only)
  • A 200-300 word personal statement explaining your motivation for wanting to join this programme. You may find our Guidance document helpful.

Entry Requirements

You must possess one of the below:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering or similar
  • If you do not possess a Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering you will need to complete and return the Entry Criteria Form. You will be required to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience to the Admissions Panel, which will be paying particular attention to seniority in regards to people and project management. The form can be found here.
  • First / Chief Engineer Certificate of Competency along with several years experience sailing at that level or above
  • Chartered Marine Engineer or Engineer status awarded by the UK


  • English language certificate. For example an IELTS score of 6.5. For a full list of English language certificates accepted click here. We will accept UK issued Certificate of Competency as proof of English language.

Coursework Submissions

Peer Review Forum TaskWeeks 4-6 (S)
Annotated BibliographyWeek 7 (F)
Ethical ApprovalWeek 10 (F)
Project ProposalWeek 10 (S)
DissertationWeek 49 (S)
PresentationWeeks 50-52 (S)
(S) Summative (F) Formative

Suggested Pre-Reading List

Bell, J. and Water, S. (2018). Doing Your Research Project: a Guide for First-Time Researchers (7th Ed.)   McGraw Hill. Maidenhead.

Creswell, J.W. and Creswell, J.D. (2018). Research Design. Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches. (5th Ed.) Sage. London.

Denscombe, M. (2021). The Good Research Guide. (7th Ed.). Open University Press. London.

MLA College and the University of Plymouth use Harvard style referencing and it is advisable to pre-study on the importance of referencing on all academic coursework and how to do it, which is available here.

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Graduate testimonials

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I really enjoyed completing this first introductory module and found distance learning to be an extremely effective way of learning.

Sustainable Maritime Operations Access Course Student
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