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Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme

Launch your career at sea.

The Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme trains deck (navigation) and engineer officers for the merchant navy. As a cadet you will spend part of your time studying with us and part working at sea as a trainee on board ships. You will be employed by a shipping company which will pay you a training allowance (and pay all your fees and expenses) throughout your training.

The professional and academic qualifications that you gain as a cadet will enable you to work as a junior deck or engineer officer on ships anywhere in the world or progress to further study.

Applications for 2023 now open

We are currently recruiting for our 2022 classes. Places are available on :

  • Deck Cadet Programme starting September 2023
  • Engineering Cadet Programme starting September 2023

If you have any questions about the course please contact us on cadets.shetland@uhi.ac.uk

Deck Cadets with Lecturer
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