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About the course

Enhance your career prospects in the maritime industry, both at sea and ashore, by topping up your existing marine engineering foundation degree or HND to a full honours degree.

Aimed at those who have already completed a foundation degree or HND in marine engineering or foundation degree in marine electro technical engineering, this top-up honours degree is designed to provide the necessary knowledge to prepare graduates to respond to a number of career opportunities, both at sea and ashore.

While learning how to apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of marine engineering-related problems, students are also encouraged to develop the qualities required for employment in an environment that may require the application of personal responsibility, technical leadership and commercial management in complex and sometimes unpredictable circumstances.

The course is delivered via blending learning - students begin with spending 15 weeks at Warsash before completing the course via distance learning over a period of up to 18 months. During this time, students are supported by nominated tutorial staff. This approach provides a flexible, supporting and structured programme of study that enables serving ships’ officer to achieve a relevant higher qualification alongside their professional certificate of competency.

Students who successfully complete this course may be eligible for partial exemption from the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

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If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Students can achieve a relevant higher qualification attractive to seagoing and shoreside job opportunities.

What does this course lead to?

The marine engineering management blended learning top-up will enable seagoing and shore-based engineering personnel to enhance existing qualifications and develop into the marine engineering managers of the future. The course aims to provide students with a systematic understanding of areas associated with marine engineering that involve developed and emerging technologies, along with the ability to optimise their application in the workplace. If you are already working within the maritime industry, this course is specifically tailored to broaden your career opportunities and enhance your prospects within a diverse selection of maritime and engineering careers.

Who is this course for?

Aimed specifically at those who have completed the foundation degree or HND in marine engineering, this blended learning course allows for these qualifications to be upgraded to a full honours degree - an ideal option for ships' officers to further their career at sea or ashore.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

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Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

Candidates should hold a foundation degree in marine engineering, a higher national diploma (HND) in marine engineering or a Chief Engineer Unlimited Certificate of Competency.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

Warsash Maritime Academy

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5015

How to apply

To apply for this course, please contact admissions for an application form.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

  • Maritime Report
  • Research Management
  • Project Management
  • Professional Engineering Management
  • Naval Architecture
  • Control Systems 


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support


The University provides excelled learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points.

Students study for 15 weeks at the world-renowned Warsash Maritime Academy. During their studies, students can gain a deeper understanding of companies’ commercial management practice.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Marine engineer
  • Marine surveyor
  • Technical superintendent
  • Project manager
  • Shipyard manager
  • Port manager
  • Systems engineer
  • Plant operator/supervisor
  • Shore-based ship operation supervisor
  • Maritime administrator.

Industry links

The course is entirely based on the engineering management requirements of the maritime industry. Drawing on the extensive industrial experience of the academic staff, its emphasis is on real-world situations and problem-based learning.

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