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Engineer Cadet - Higher National Diploma Programme

About this course

The Academy offers a full engineer officer cadet programme by a Higher National Diploma (HND) route, leading ultimately to the award of a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Engineer Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW’95 III/I OOW),and the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Marine Engineering.

The scheme consists of five phases (usually over three years), three spent at the Academy and two at sea gaining practical experience. The training consists of five distinct but complementary elements:

  • An HE entry course at the Academy, designed to prepare new entrants for study at HND level.
  • Engineering workshop skills training at the Academy to MNTB-approved standard.
  • Academic education at the Academy to attain the HND in marine engineering and satisfy the underpinning knowledge (UPK) requirements for the IAMI written exams.
  • Practical training on board ship, including completion of an MNTB Training Record Book. This enables cadets to develop the professional competency needed for initial certification by the MCA.
  • In addition to the academic studies, the MCA requires officer cadets to take a number of safety and survival courses during their cadetship.

How to apply

Under the current HND route, you apply directly to a shipping company. For more information, see How to apply for an officer cadetship.

See also our officer cadet training brochure

Course delivery location

The classroom teaching and workshop instruction for this course is delivered from Solent University's St Mary's campus, located in Southampton city centre. All mandatory STCW maritime safety training courses are delivered from the Warsash campus.

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Further information

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Course information

Training towards

HND Marine Engineering



Teaching methods

Practical and classroom.

Career opportunities

Marine engineer


A) Sponsorship from a shipping company to gain sea service.

B) Holds the minimum academic entry qualifications:

  • Four GCSEs Grade 9-4 including the following subjects: Maths, English, Science (with Physical Science content).

C) A valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA.

Entry level

See prerequisites.

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