BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Cadetship programme


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School of Maritime Science

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Study Options:
Full Time

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Start Date:
Oct 2022

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Course Length:
3 Years

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Home: £9,250* per annum
International and EU: £12,500* per annum
*Additional fees will apply for your Cadetship, please contact us for more information.

(For 2022, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)

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About this programme

This unique programme will be the foundation and optimum training platform from which to start a rewarding career in the maritime industry.
The academic and technical qualifications included in this degree complement each other and open up careers ashore or at sea.
Shore side: Achieving the Officer of the Watch (OOW) qualification provides graduates with a better understanding of shipping operations, offering a benefit to potential employers.
At sea: A BSc (Hons) qualification will grant graduates advantages for promotions as the academic content covered in the programmes is up to management level.
Achieving the technical and academic qualifications will maximise your opportunities in the maritime industry, allowing you to change career paths at any time.
A key feature of this programme is the option to choose a Nautical or Engineering pathway.
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Choose your Cadetship pathway

Students can choose their cadetship speciality route up to the end of Semester 1 of the first year. This gives students the opportunity to understand each route and decide their preferred option after completing joint modules from both routes in the first semester.

Deck Cadetship

On completion of the Deck Cadetship, students will become qualified Deck Officers and awarded a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Deck Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW’95 II/I OOW).
In simple terms, a Deck Officer working onboard a typical ship will be on scheduled watchkeeping duties on the bridge at sea, involved in navigation, planned maintenance and cargo operations.
A Deck Officers’ responsibilities when on Duty often include passage planning, ensuring safe navigation, stability, communications, managing cargo operations and planned maintenance of the hull and deck equipment.
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Engine Cadetship

On completion of the Engine Cadetship, students will become qualified and awarded a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Engineering Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW ’95 III/1 OOW).
In simple terms, an Engineering Officer working onboard a typical ship will be on scheduled watchkeeping duties in the Engine Control Room managing the ships’ engine room.
A Marine Engineering Officer is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the ship’s main propulsion machinery, auxiliary machinery, deck machinery, sewage systems, refrigeration systems, ventilation systems and all of the electrical facilities.
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Students can opt not to complete the final dissertation and /or the cadetship and exit with a BSc degree at an earlier stage in their studies.
The maritime science course is helping me broaden my knowledge within this ever expanding industry, having no previous experience at sea I certainly feel that I’m in the right hands of an excellent team to succeed and accomplish my dream of career at sea.

Ivan Viñales, BSc (Hons) Maritime Science student

Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) Approval

The University of Gibraltar’s cadet programme has obtained Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) Approval with reduced sea time of 12 months.
Our BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with cadetship programmes have obtained MCA approval. This means that the qualification BSc Maritime Science has been approved as meeting the requirements of the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code (II/1 and II/2 – Deck and III/1 and III/2 – Engineering).
In addition, the University of Gibraltar has also been approved as an Examination Centre for MCA Safety (Deck) and Professional Exams Engineering, which are currently administered by the Scottish Quality Authority (SQA) and International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI).

Typical modules include:

A unique feature of this programme is that engineering and nautical students can work together through the programme’s joint modules. Typical joint modules include:
  • Navigation

  • Ship Design & Architecture

  • Bridge Management

  • Ship Handling & Voyage Planning

  • Engineering

  • Mechanics & Propulsion

Students are able to opt not to complete the final dissertation and /or the cadetship and exit with either a  BSc (Ordinary) degree or a BSc (Hons) degree at an earlier stage in their final year of their studies. Speak to a member of our team to find out more.

Guaranteed Cadetship Placements

The University of Gibraltar collaborates with the Gibraltar Port Authority and the Gibraltar Maritime Administration to arrange placements with reputable and well-regulated organisations. This ensures that our students benefit from guaranteed cadetship placements with major operators.

QAA Global Accreditation

The University is delighted to have achieved global accreditation from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the UK’s independent quality body and a global leader in quality assurance for higher education.

“In achieving QAA’s global accreditation, the University has displayed its compatibility with international best practice.”

Vicki Scott, UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Chief Executive.

Why choose this programme?

Entry Requirements

Typically, all applicants should have:

  • BCC at ‘A level’, (104 UCAS) or international equivalent.
  • Relevant industry experience is also beneficial but not required.

All applicants should have:

  • 5 GCSE’s A*– C (grade 4 or above post 2017) including English Language (min grade C or grade 4 ) and Mathematics (min grade B or grade 6 ) or international equivalent. Alternatively, evidence (i.e. accreditation/recognition) of relevant industry experience or prior Certificated and Experiential Learning.
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to communicate your ideas effectively in discussions, presentations and writing.
  • Basic IT skills, such as word-processing, email and Internet.

English language requirements:

An overall IELTS test result of 6.0, including a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-tests. Equivalent awards will be considered (e.g. Pearson’s Test of English, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, Duolingo English Test, City & Guilds International ESOL 8984, or the TOEFL- IBT test of English proficiency). If you do not meet our entry requirements, you can still apply as we will consider your application.

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Offers are based on a combination of qualifications or predicted grades, the applicant’s personal statement and references. For guidelines on personal statements and references please click here.

Access to Higher Education Programme

Should you not meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Cadetship programme, our admissions team may recommend you complete the Access to Higher Education summer programme.
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Home £9,250*
International and EU £12,500* (For 2022, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)

*Additional costs: while most programme costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources such as Uniforms and PPE, or other optional extras may need to be paid for separately. Current costs associated with purchase of Uniforms and PPE are approximately £290.

*Final year project: As your final year includes a research project, there may be additional costs associated with your research activities (e.g. transport or accommodation). The amount will depend on the project you choose.

This programme will be run subject to minimum numbers being met. 

Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2022/23 and are subject to indexation.


The University of Gibraltar hosts or directly offers a limited number of scholarship programmes to support your studies. These scholarships are highly competitive; they are available to support undergraduate, Master’s degree and PhD programmes and are made available to students based on certain criteria.

Am I eligible?


Applications for the 2022/23 programme are now closed.

Applications for the 2023/2024 intake will open shortly.

Please note that regardless of your decision to specialise in either Engineering or Nautical, candidates will be given the option to swap specialities after the first semester from Engineering to Nautical or vice versa.


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You can also call us and speak to one of our team on +350 200 71000.

Student Accommodation

Accommodation for University of Gibraltar students is available at the purpose built Europa Suites, located just a two-minute walk from our Europa Point Campus.

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