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Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering

3 years
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Build the foundation of a great career as a marine electro-technical officer in the dynamic maritime industry - the backbone of modern international trade. This innovative new course combines the benefits of a maritime cadetship programme, supported by a sponsoring company and offering extensive hands-on training at sea on real working vessels, with the recognised career-enhancing potential of a full academic honours degree.

This programme is currently recruiting for 31 January 2022.

Fully sponsored by one of a huge range of shipping and maritime companies, and developed to meet the specific needs of the shipping industry and the Merchant Navy Training Board, your degree cadetship combines rigorous academic study at our dedicated cadet training centre in Southampton – one of the UK’s busiest ports – with extensive practical training at sea. Shipping out as an engineering officer cadet on a range of vessels owned or operated by your sponsoring company, you will develop the essential skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to become a Marine Electro-Technical Officer in the Merchant Navy.

You will acquire a strong understanding of modern ship-board electronic and electrical systems, their operating principles and safe practices. And you will develop a range of practical engineering skills appropriate to operating and problem-solving for ships’ electronic systems, as well as other relevant systems, in a safe and efficient manner.

As part of your degree cadetship, you will gain your first qualification as an Engineering Officer of the Watch – and be equipped with all the knowledge and understanding to you need to undertake tasks as detailed in the industry-based onboard training – and with academic exemptions for further professional qualifications under the internationally recognised Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) and UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) regulations.

And with a full academic honours degree, you will also be well placed for a range of senior, shoreside and management roles later in your career – making this the perfect course for a long and lasting career in maritime electrical and electronic engineering. 

Why choose this course?

While studying for your foundation degree, you'll also be working towards your electro-technical officer MCA Certificate of Competency.

Graduates have gone on to roles with companies including: Bibby, Aberdeen; Lloyd’s Register, London; Odjfjell Tankers, Bergen; Cargill, Geneva; Carnival UK; and the International Maritime Organization

A major hub in the UK and European maritime and shipping industry

With a UK-leading simulation centre that allows for digital twinning of specific vessels or ports; a dedicated fire training school; and the UK's only manned model ship handling centre.

Our Warsash Maritime School has over 70 years' history of maritime education, and an international reputation for quality.

Who is this course for?

This course is for students who want to achieve a higher level academic qualification whilst training for a professional qualification in electrical and electronic engineering.

What does this course lead to?

This exciting course will allow you to gain your first qualification as an Engineering Officer of the Watch, opening up a wide range of opportunities within maritime electrical and electronic engineering. With further study and sailing experience you will be able to become a second Engineer.

And should you wish to move back onshore at some point in your career, this course will give you the skills and knowledge for a range of land-based careers such as engineering management, port operations, marine surveying, marine superintendent, accident investigation, marine insurance, law, chartering and more.

Meet the team

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Warsash Maritime School has a full range of industry-leading training facilities, including an ETO lab for electronic navigational systems operations and maintenance of items such as radars, navigational aids and control systems.

Our electrical workshop facilities also enable you to practice electrical maintenance, operational and fault-finding procedures.

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