Course structure and study support
Studying while working
You choose what you learn and what evidence you’ll provide for assessment. We set the framework for your degree and assess your work.
You need to accumulate a total of 360 credits to get a Bachelor’s (undergraduate degree) or 180 credits to get a Master’s (postgraduate) degree.
These credits can come from 4 sources:
- a Learning Management unit, which helps you plan your learning and prepares you for doing research and writing reports
- 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
- campus-based or distance learning taught units
- 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
- Analysis and management of major risks in Mega Road Construction Project in Qatar
- 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
Teaching and support
How you're taught will depend on which units you take and the work-based learning projects you do.
Most of the course is delivered via our interactive virtual learning environment called 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.
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.
To help you juggle this 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 in your taught units
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.