The IMarEST has launched a new degree qualification, MSc Engineering for Marine Professionals through its learning arm, MLA College. The Master’s top-up programme will allow marine engineers to build on existing qualifications (e.g. a postgraduate diploma) or use their extensive experience in the field, to gain a full Master’s degree. It involves part-time study and a work-based research project, which will ultimately be of benefit to their employer too.
Employers are often faced with the challenge that the staff they want to promote to senior management positions, lack the required knowledge or academic credentials. A Master’s degree can make all the difference in these cases. In addition, it shows a commitment to ongoing learning. The skills and understanding gained can also help to meet the competency requirements for Chartered Engineer status, which suggests a high level of aptitude and appeals to managers.
The course is conveniently delivered through distance learning technology, allowing engineers to stay in their jobs while they learn. Employers may also be keen to cover the cost of the programme, not only as an investment in upskilling their staff, but also as the research will be beneficial to the organisation.
The course follows the following format:
- A short taught module that includes evaluation of literature and data, statistical and modelling techniques; planning, writing and presenting complex research findings
- A research project on a subject of choice, usually connected to the workplace, supervised by a personal tutor and assessed through coursework submission.
The first intake of MSc Engineering for Marine Professionals will be in May 2018. Apply now.