A Learning at Work Master's degree programme
Why take this course?
Whether you want to further your career as a maritime professional, managing operations and solving complex problems both on and off-shore, undertaking the MSc Maritime Studies through the Learning at Work Partnership Masters Programme allows you to study for a recognised postgraduate university degree without leaving your job.
The key benefit to you is that you can tailor your learning to suit your professional and personal development aspirations.
What will I experience?
A unique flexible course that allows you to set your own objectives, choose your specific course content and tailor the pace of learning to suit the demands on your time. It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University which enables you to make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improving your career prospects.
Much of your learning comes from work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business. University taught units and other training programmes can provide additional learning.
What opportunities might it lead to?
This course can help you to become a greater asset to your ship, whether you are aiming to succeed from navigating officer to a managerial role or pursue a role in international maritime policy or maritime security and defence or transition from the Royal Navy into the private sector.
Students who successfully complete the MSc Maritime Studies can use their studies to gain Incorporated (IEng) status through the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
I found the whole experience hugely rewarding - this was made all the more so by the support I received from the University and the LAtW staff. Graduation was the culmination of many hours of work; wearing my robes and crossing the stage at the Guildhall with all the other graduates was fantastic. I would recommend the programme without hesitation.
Phil Sampson, Learning at Work postgraduate student
- Flexible. Start: Sept, Jan.
- 2017 entry requirements
- A degree or equivalent. Other qualifications such as HNDs and Foundation degrees, supported by several years of relevant post-qualification experience in responsible posts, may also be acceptable. Applicants are usually working at a professional level. Applicants to the MSc Occupational Health and Safety Management and the MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management should have appropriate experience and proven aptitude in health and safety, a certificated professional/vocational qualification or an undergraduate degree or equivalent. If you do not hold a level 6 qualification you may be required to present evidence of your ability to study at level 6. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
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Structure & Teaching
The time you take to complete your studies is up to you and is not tied to the academic calendar. It depends on the point at which you start the course and your personal circumstances at work and at home.
Students make up the academic credit required for achievement of their award through a combination of different learning all of which is detailed in a learning contract.
The balance of elements in a learning contract is agreed by negotiation between you and your Workplace Partner, Academic Tutor and Learning Manager.
The learning can include:
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): This allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for experience that has given you the learning equivalent to academic qualifications. This can include in-service training courses and qualifications, such as Master Mariner, as well as learning from on-the-job experience. The maximum RPL credit you can receive is two-thirds of the credit for the award. For further information contact the Learning at Work department.
- Work-based Learning Projects: These usually make up the bulk of the learning contract. They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours. Previous WBL projects have explored Boarding Operations, An Evaluation of Safe Navigation Equipment and the Effect of Fatigue on Shipboard Personnel, Analysis of Global Submarine Capabilities, Effective Ballast Management, and Piracy at Sea.
- Taught Units: Campus-based or distance learning units from the University of Portsmouth or other higher education institutions can be included in your programme. They are a good way of acquiring new knowledge in a structured way. Examples of taught units include Leadership and Management Skills, Risk Management, and Logistics.
How are you assessed?
We set the framework for your degree and assess your work, but you choose what to learn, how you will learn and what evidence you will deliver for assessment. We ensure that you achieve the standard appropriate to your award through a process of learning management.
Learning at Work concentrates on supporting students through professional development. There's a wide range of students at different stages of their careers; from young practitioners making long-term plans, to experienced personnel looking for professional qualifications and registration. Learning at Work gives students an opportunity to pursue these aspirations without a career break, and to produce viable projects for their employers.
Colin Gilbert-Wood, Learning Manager
Once a seafarer, always a seafarer - so I'm very happy to be on the Learning at Work team helping those in the marine sector achieve their full academic potential through real life work based projects.
Facilities & Features
Due to the distance-learning nature of this course and the potential pressure of juggling your course alongside your work and home life, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible. You will have three channels of support. Firstly, a Workplace Partner chosen by you – someone at work who can offer advice, guidance and moral support as well as an Academic Tutor specialising in your area of study and finally, a Learning Manager.
It is essential that you have access to the web as this will be the main source of your learning material. You will be supported through our online virtual learning environment called Moodle. The Moodle environment will be a rich source of information - both formal and informal. You are directed towards independent study through selected activities including virtual tutor-led discussion sessions, providing you with the opportunity to interact with staff and fellow students, podcasts and webinars.
Online tutorials and lectures will assist students with a variety of study skills and research methods. The Academic Skills Department are also on hand to support students with the requirements of academic writing. Although you are not required to study on campus throughout the course, you are invited to attend an induction session at the start of the programme and, of course, your graduation ceremony at the end. For those unable to attend induction in person, we provide an online induction course to get you off to the best start in your studies.
Tap into our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources including e-books and journals, which are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help. We have created a series of videos aimed to help you use the University Library resources and to search more effectively for the information you require for your research and assessments.
Budgeting for your studies
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Careers & Opportunities
Your projects will be commercially valuable to your organisation and will exhibit your enhanced strategic awareness and knowledge of best practice. In turn, your increased motivation and improved performance will undoubtedly lead to further professional opportunities and career progression.
Previous graduates have achieved successful promotion to ship’s Captain, Chief Engineer and Senior Maritime Manager Ashore or pursued senior roles in the global maritime sector including the yachting/superyachting industries and commercial shipping industry.
Benefits to you
- Your existing knowledge counts towards the degree award
- You gain a university qualification without having to take a career break
- Learning through work-based projects reduces the amount of time you have to spend studying at home
- You learn what you need as you need it
- You can tailor the pace of learning to suit demands on your time
- Learning leads to professional recognition and career enhancement
Benefits to your employer
- Staff education brings commercial and strategic awareness
- Commercially valuable work projects are part of the learning programme
- The organisation gains knowledge of best practice and the latest technologies from work-based projects
- University tutors provide new knowledge and advice
- Better qualified staff enhance the organisation’s leadership position
- Staff who have been supported to gain Partnership qualifications show increased loyalty to their employers
- Employee motivation is increased as they develop their skills
How to apply
To apply for this course you must request an application form from The Learning at Work office either by emailing email@example.com or phoning on 023 9284 6260.
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