Students in a support workshop

Work Based Degrees offer greater flexibility

Focus on topics of your choice to enhance your career

You'll work with us to select a combination of work based projects and distance learning modules that increase your knowledge and skills.

You need to accumulate a total of 360 credits to get a Bachelor’s (undergraduate) or 180 credits to get a Master’s (postgraduate) degree. These credits can come from 4 sources:

  1. A Learning Management unit, which helps you plan your learning and prepares you for compiling research and writing reports.
  2. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), where you use the knowledge, skills and experience you've gained from training courses, employment, voluntary work, private study and previous attendance at college and university.
  3. Distance learning modules.
  4. Work-based learning projects – although these projects involve learning new skills and knowledge you'll do most of the work for these in your normal working hours.

Example work-based learning projects

  • The implementation of an occupational health programme in a mining company in Ghana
  • Development of emergency response and recovery plans
  • Analysis of piracy as a threat to maritime security in Nigeria
  • Developing conservation objectives for offshore oil and gas operations in the Gabon
  • Design and development of pneumatic test bench for cylinder test purposes
  • Management processes for removing redundant equipment safely and cost effectively
  • Incorporating a vessel traffic information management system (VTIMS) and a marine simulator facility (MSF)
  • Licence application for self-production power using solar/photovoltaic system

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Distance learning modules

You'll have options to study a range of modules through distance learning which include project management, business and sustainability.

The modules you select need to be approved, and modules may be withdrawn, amended, or may not run in the academic year or teaching block that you have selected. Please contact us to enquire about the modules available to you. 

Teaching and support

How you're taught will depend on which modules you study and the work-based learning projects you do.

Most of the course is delivered via our interactive virtual learning environment - Moodle. This includes online tutorials, lectures, webinars and virtual tutor-led discussion sessions, allowing you to interact with subject specialist teachers, other staff and fellow students. Some modules do not have taught sessions and require you to read materials, watch videos and then attempt the formal assignment.

You’ll also have access to the Library’s electronic resources with library staff to help you make the most of all the materials. You can chat with them in person or online.

Our Academic Skills Unit (ASK) provides additional support you in areas such as academic writing, referencing, note taking and time management.

Extra support

To help you juggle your course alongside your work and home life, you'll get extra support from:

  • A Workplace Partner chosen by you – someone at work who can offer advice, guidance, and moral support.
  • An Academic Tutor specialising in your area of study.
  • A Learning Manager who oversees your programme.
  • Lecturing staff from the modules you study.

Your induction

Although you don’t need to study on campus, we’ll invite you to an optional induction day at the start of the course to get you off to the best start in your studies. This enables you to meet the course team and fellow students. We'll also explain the structure of the course, how to use your course materials and let you know how to access the support available to you throughout your course. If you can’t attend in person, you can do an online induction course. Most of our learners do not attend an induction session on campus and attend via online sessions.