Professional Development Units/Awards (PDUs/PDAs)

We provide a range of appropriate undergraduate/postgraduate programmes and Postgraduate Professional Development Units/Awards (PDUs/PDAs) for your personal development.

The MSc Shipping Operations course and the associated PDUs are delivered fully online for the convenience of mariners, while some other programmes are delivered by Blended Learning (ie, a concentrated period at Solent University before completing the remainder of the programme at sea or on leave). 

Postgraduate Professional Development Units/Awards are an ideal way to achieve professional and academic recognition for the courses of study you choose to undertake as part of your continuing development.


Each PDU carries postgraduate academic credits and depending on how many units are chosen, the programme of study can culminate in:

  • university postgraduate credit points, or
  • a university Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development, or
  • a university Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Development.

All PDU's are accredited by Solent University 

Course listing A-Z

Accident Investigation and Organisational Learning

Analysis of Company Accounts

Budgeting Basics

Business Research Skills

Employee Relations and Engagement

Fundamentals of Finance

Leadership and Management Development

Legal Process

Maritime Talent Management

Marketing Fundamentals

Performance and Reward Management

Postgraduate and Self-Managed Study


Professional Practice and Skills Portfolio

Risk and Safety Management

Safety Culture

Strategic Management of Human Resources

International Maritime Context

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