PgDip Advanced Hydrography for Professionals

General information

You’ll benefit from a bespoke e-learning environment, incorporating a variety of lectures, tutorials, practical work and assessment. The syllabus has been developed with industry, and includes topical subjects such as hydrographic survey practice and positioning, oceanography, underwater acoustics, and management and leadership. A number of intensive practical, residential sessions will be held, giving you hands-on surveying experience. The residentials will be two weeks long – they include detailed teaching and learning sessions ashore and afloat using sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment. The use of cutting edge technology, with access to and support from, a range of industry-leading instructors gives you an unrivalled opportunity to build on your knowledge and experience. The sessions allow small group tuition so you really do get the best teaching and learning experience whilst gaining the vital practical skills necessary to further your career and employment possibilities.

Core modules

  • Advanced Nautical Science for Hydrography
  • Meteorology and Oceanography
  • Sensors and Underwater Acoustics
  • Fundamentals of Hydrography
  • Advanced Practical Techniques in Hydrography

Key features:

  • Study at your own pace, regardless of your location.
  • Balance work and further education by studying part time, and fit your study around changing working patterns.
  • Suited to marine professionals if you’re looking to advance your skills and qualifications without having to attend university full time.
  • Study anywhere at any time. With our self-contained e-learning packages you won’t need to rely on continuous internet access.
  • Equip yourself with essential hydrography skills and gain hands-on surveying experience through our short, intensive and practical residential sessions held at intervals throughout your programme.
  • Use the latest concepts and technology to equip you with the skills to meet the demands of the global hydrographic survey industry.

The course starts in March 2016, September 2016 and March 2017


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0532 - Marine Geology


Venue: Plymouth University
Plymouth, United Kingdom



Fees are only charged on a per module basis, so you do not need to pay the full course fees in advance. You only need to pay for the module you are studying at the time. More information: Tuition fees 2016-17.

Individual module costs

  • EHYD101 (the compulsory introductory module): £575
  • Distance e-learning modules (both undergraduate and postgraduate): £1.795 per module
  • Practical residential modules: £3.250 per module (including accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis)
  • Practical residential modules: £2.750 per module (without accommodation)

Overall programme costs

  • Undergraduate: £17,845 
  • Postgraduate (an HA alumnus without the need to restudy EHYD101): £13.680
  • Postgraduate (first time HA student, required to study EHYD101): £14.255
  • Postgraduate (first time HA student, required to study EHYD101 and one bridging module): £16.050
  • Postgraduate (first time HA student, required to study EHYD101 and two bridging modules): £17.845


The standard entry requirements will be one of:

  • A first degree, or appropriate professional or academic qualifications (UK, EU or international) deemed by the University to be equivalent to a first degree.  A first degree would normally be expected in hydrographic surveying or a marine-based science subject with a hydrographic survey component.
  • Students who do not possess appropriate HE qualifications may be admitted to a postgraduate programme on the basis of prior experience, if the programme leader/admissions tutor considers that the candidate has thereby demonstrated the potential to complete the programme successfully.  Students following this entry route may well be expected to undertake one or more bridging modules.

English language requirements
If students have not obtained or do not have the appropriate entry qualifications in the English language, they may be required to produce evidence of English language ability.  This will normally be the equivalent of:

  • GCSE Grade C or above in English language.
  • ELTS average score of 6.5 or above with a score of at least 6.5 in the written component.
  • Equivalencies are detailed in ‘Admissions Information and Procedures’ issued by the University Secretariat.

Application Procedure:

We would like to welcome you to submit your application for the first module 'An Introduction to Hydrography and the Marine Environment'. You’ll need to complete this module before progressing on to either of the undergraduate (DipHE) or postgraduate (PgDip) pathway. Your previous experience and qualifications, coupled with your performance during the introductory module, will enable staff to assess and advise which of the two pathways will be most appropriate for you to pursue.

Admissions tutors for the Hydrographic Academy will check all applications thoroughly, and may also arrange an interview (usually by telephone or Skype), in order to assess your suitability for study. Offers are based on the information provided in the application documents and interview (where appropriate).

Please note that places are allocated on a first come, first served basis and our courses tend to fill up extremely quickly.  We advise you to submit your application as soon as possible.

If you would like to register your interest in studying with the Hydrographic Academy please contact us.

If you have any further questions or would like to discuss any aspect of studying with the Hydrographic Academy, please feel free to contact us.

Grant Opportunities:

More information about scholarship opportunities can be found on the website of Plymouth University; similarly for international students here.


Academic level: Lifelong Learning

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
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