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[MLA College] PgDip Advanced Hydrography for Professionals

This postgraduate qualification combines the essential skills that a senior hydrographic professional should poses, such as critical thinking and analysis, alongside communication, and management & leadership, with an academic examination of the key disciplines within hydrography. This qualification is perfect for marine professionals wanting to expand their knowledge base and to study hydrography and its allied disciplines to the highest academic level, whilst also developing advanced hydrographic survey and oceanographic practical skills without having to study full time.

Course Duration

The PgDip course has six modules so will take about three years to complete when studied part time.

Awarding Institution

Plymouth University

Course Outline

Apart from the compulsory Introductory Module, you may be required to enrol in one or two bridging modules at the start of the programme, depending on your academic and professional qualifications.

Introductory Module (8 weeks)
An Introduction to Hydrography and the Marine Environment (10 credits)

Bridging Modules (16 weeks each)
Fundamentals of Hydrography (30 credits)
Meteorology & Oceanography (30 credits)

PgDip Modules (16 week each)
Advanced Nautical Science for Hydrography (20 credits)
Sensors & Underwater Acoustics (20 credits)
Advanced Practical Techniques in Hydrography 1 – Residential (20 credits)
Earth Science and Positioning (20 credits)
Hydrographic Survey Practice & Management (20 credits)
Advanced Practical Techniques in Hydrography 2 – Residential (20 credits)

Course Outcome

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.

Entry Requirements

Normally a Bachelor’s degree (e.g. BSc), however other prior learning and particularly significant professional experience can be considered by the Admissions Tutor.


Total amount: £570 (Introductory Module) + £10,740 (6 modules at £1,790 per module).

2 x two week residential supplements of £2,500* per residential not included in tuition fee. Flexible payment options and IMarEST Bursaries available upon application. Please contact us for details.

*Residential practicals are held in Plymouth, UK. Supplement fee may vary.

Contact Information

MLA College
Tel: (44) 1752 764864
Email: [email protected]

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