Education & Training

Education & Training

The UK education and training capability is amongst the best in the world.

The UK is globally recognised as a leading centre for education and training for the marine sector, with internationally-recognised education providers in a number of universities and colleges offering a wide choice of courses and qualifications.  Underpinned by a strong, innovative and highly-regarded research capability in marine engineering and naval architecture, the specialist marine departments in a number of universities offer a wide range of relevant teaching both to UK students and students from overseas.  A number of its further education colleges also provide relevant hands-on teaching that is relevant to many aspects of the marine sector, producing the high quality trade and craft skills that companies in the sector are looking for, both in the UK and internationally.

UK-developed degree and college qualifications are internationally-recognised.  In addition to courses that are delivered in the UK, some universities and colleges operate overseas campuses, or have in place training agreements with other countries, ensuring that high quality qualifications are delivered to the customer in a consistently and convenient way. 

A comprehensive guide to course of study and the qualifications available in the UK is provided by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  An up-to-date search tool for both UK and International students is available at

Some 19 universities and colleges offer education and training related in marine engineering to varying levels.  Those universities offering a strong research capability include the following: 


University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

University College London
Marine Research Group

Newcastle University
School of Marine Science and Technology 

University of Southampton 
Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

University of Plymouth 
An Introduction to Plymouth University's Marine Institute

Liverpool John Moores University
Maritime Studies 
Marine and Offshore Engineering 
Mechanical and Marine Engineering



A wide range of UK colleges offer training and qualifications in a variety of engineering subjects relevant to the marine sector.  Leading examples include:

Angus College

Anniesland College

Carnegie College

City of Glasgow College

Clydebank College

Falmouth Marine School

Lowersoft College

Motherwell College

National Maritime Training Centre

South Shields Marine School

The Plymouth University Technical College

The Marine Skills Centre Southampton

Warsash Academy


Nautical Higher and Further Education Institutions

In addition a range of colleges and institutions offering approved nautical/maritime related courses is listed on Maritime Coastguard Agency website here.