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The future for Warsash Maritime Academy

Solent University's maritime strategy has led to significant investment into our maritime technology and facilities, with a spend of around £43 million from 2017 to 2020.

The investment began with the relocation of officer cadet training to new premises at St Mary's campus in Southampton city centre in September 2017. The University's maritime centre for the tuition of first certification officer cadets is a dedicated building located within the grounds of City College.

This was followed in September 2018 with the transfer of tuition for Merchant Navy senior officers, commercial yacht certification, maritime safety management, leadership and security courses from the Warsash campus into fully refurbished premises at the University's main East Park Terrace (EPT) campus in Southampton city centre. Bridge, engine and liquid cargo simulation courses are also now run out of EPT in Southampton in our brand new Maritime Simulation Centre

Teaching for the fire school, maritime safety and offshore, first aid and medical, and seamanship courses remain at the waterside, lower site of the Warsash campus, with investment plans for new and improved facilities.

The University remains committed to investing in high quality maritime education and training and will continue to build upon the heritage associated with Warsash Maritime Academy in the new premises. 

Officer cadets

St Mary's campus

Move to St Mary's Campus, Chapel Road, Southampton SO14 5GL

The University invested £6m in the renovation of new premises at St Mary's campus. The new maritime centre of excellence provides a distinct modern teaching environment exclusively for seafarers studying for their first Certificate of Competency. How to find St Mary's Campus  

Ground floor

  • Dedicated reception and administration area.
  • Engineering workshop (including welding area, electrical and control laboratories).

First floor

  • Teaching rooms, including two IT rooms.
  • Social break-out area and informal learning space.
  • Private study space facilities.

Second floor

  • Teaching rooms.
  • ECDIS suite and METO simulator suite.
  • Staff offices.
  • Chart rooms.

City centre location

 Southampton city centre locations

St Mary's campus is just a 10-minute walk from the main University campus at East Park Terrace, meaning officer cadets can take full advantage of all the facilities on offer there, including:

  • 24-hour library
  • Learning resource centre
  • Sports facilities
  • Students' Union events
  • Wide range of food outlets and cafés.

Additionally, officer cadets can use the City College canteen facilities, which serve breakfast, lunch and refreshments, with indoor and outdoor seating. The location also puts cadets within easy reach of excellent access to rail and bus transport links and the full range of Southampton city centre's amenities.

Cadet accommodation

Cadets at Warsash Maritime Academy can live in the University's David Moxon and Emily Davies student residences. Both residences are located in Southampton city centre and are a short walk from the St Mary's campus, and the University's main East Park Terrace campus.

David Moxon student residenceThe David Moxon student residence offers:

  • A total of 117 single-study en-suite bedrooms
  • Self-catered, fully equipped shared kitchen-diners
  • Communal area with wi-fi access, Sky TV and DVD player
  • Vending machines for drinks and confectionery
  • Laundry room with washing, drying and ironing facilities
  • Secure bicycle storage
  • All study-bedrooms fitted with fixed network and wi-fi access
  • Electronic access control, and residence team available 24/7
  • Close proximity to shops and convenience stores.


Emily Davies student residenceThe Emily Davies student residence offers:

  • Flat configuration containing three or four study-bedrooms of varying size.
  • A choice of individual or shared study-bedrooms.
  • Individual toilet and shower facilities in each flat.
  • Kitchen in each flat equipped with storage area, fridge/freezers, electric hobs, conventional and microwave ovens, kettle and vacuum cleaner.
  • Combined laundry and common room with Sky TV, DVD player, card operated washing machines and tumble dryers and facilities for ironing.
  • Bicycle storage points and parking for 26 cars.
  • All study-bedrooms are fitted with WiFi access.
  • Designated quieter areas available.

Find out more about officer cadet student residence options

Senior officers, yacht certification, and simulation training

East Park Terrace - Reginald Mitchell Building locationThe teaching provision for Merchant Navy senior officers and commercial yacht certification has transferred from the Warsash campus to the Reginald Mitchell Building at the University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton City Centre.

Bridge, engine and liquid cargo operations simulation courses are now run at our new Maritime Simulation Centre in the Andrews Building also within East Park Terrace campus, Southampton.

For these courses, the University refurbished the Reginald Mitchell and Andrews building at the East Park Terrace campus (shown in the image above). This includes classrooms, labs, workshops and is home to our brand new simulator suite - Uk's largest ship and port simulator. East Park Terrace is only a ten minute walk from the St Mary's campus. 

Warsash lower site development

Warsash lower siteTuition for fire fighting, maritime safety and offshore, medical, and seamanship certification remains at the Warsash campus (lower site), with plans for development (subject to planning permissions and funding), including:

  • Indoor pool and offshore survival training facility
  • Maritime safety and medical building
  • Redevelopment of fire school.


Location of course provision 

St Mary's campus, Southampton SO14 5GL

  • Officer cadet training including;
    • Deck foundation degree and HND
    • Engineer foundation degree and HND
    • METO foundation degree
  • Deck OOW HNC for experienced seafarers
  • Deck HNC for superyacht crew
  • Marine engineer OOW course (predominantly workshops, but with some IAMI exam prep) for experienced seafarers

East Park Terrace campus, Southampton SO14 0YN

  • BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering Management Top-up
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Operations Management Top-up
  • Bridge simulation and related courses (eg, ECDIS for qualified officers)
  • Chief Mate post HND and post foundation degree
  • Chief/Second Engineer courses
  • Commercial yacht (limited) certification, eg, OOW/Master less than 3,000GT courses for deck, and  engineer small vessel courses, with the exception of the Engineering Skills Test and Approved Engine Course (Yachts) courses, both of which are workshop based (and will be delivered at the St Mary's campus)
  • Engine room simulation courses, including high voltage (from June 2019)
  • Human Element, Leadership and Management (HELM)
  • Master/Chief Mate two-term HND top-up
  • Master's orals
  • Orals prep (NB check the location with your tutor)
  • Petrochemical and tanker courses, including liquid cargo operations training (from June 2019)
  • Radio communications courses (ROC and GOC)
  • Safety management and security courses, eg, Company Security Officer, Ship's Security Officer and  cyber security

Warsash campus (lower site) SO31 9ZL

  • Basic Safety Training Week
  • Fire fighting courses
  • Maritime proficiency and advanced safety course
  • Offshore oil and gas safety courses (HUET and BOSIET)
  • First aid and medical
  • Seamanship (eg, efficient deck hand)

If you have any questions about the investment and developments at Warsash please get in touch.