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Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Solent University

36 months
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Training as an marine electro-technical officer cadet in the UK’s Merchant Navy will offer you the chance to gain valuable academic and practical electrical engineering knowledge and put your specialist skills into practice whilst away at sea on the Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme at Solent University.


Officer cadet training schemes typically last for around three years and are split into five phases which alternate between academic studies, practical experience and safety training at Warsash Maritime Academy and seagoing periods to gain practical shipboard experience.

To enrol on an officer cadet training scheme, candidates apply directly to shipping companies, not through UCAS. This is because officer cadet training is fully sponsored by the shipping company, covering course fees and also providing the means for gaining the mandatory work-based learning on board ship. Cadets will often also receive a small salary or living allowance while they are training.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme at Solent University cadets will be eligible to take their MCA oral exam to qualify for the Marine Electro-Technical Officer Certificate of Competency, which allows them to work on any type and size of vessel.

Suitable roles for graduate include:

  • Merchant Navy electro-technical officer
  • Project management
  • Electrical engineering technical assistant
  • Field support engineer
  • Plant operator/supervisor
  • Shore-based ship operations
  • Maritime administration

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Marine Engineering Principles for ETOs
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Marine Electrics with work-based learning
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Electrical Legislation and Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Numerate subject or National Engineering Award at Level 3.
  • GCSE grade 4 or above in at least mathematics, English and science, plus one other (previously grade C).

Tuition Fee

Successful applicants will have their course fees paid and be provided a training allowance by the UK sponsoring companies throughout their training.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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