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Funding & scholarships

If you're still at school and think you may have what it takes to become an officer in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines, you could be awarded a scholarship or bursary to help you with the cost of your studies.  If you are an aspiring engineer, you could even win a place at Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College, preparing you for a rewarding technical or engineering career as an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life as a student is not always easy on your pocket so whether you’re looking to enter sixth form, college, or you're thinking of going to university, being sponsored by the Royal Navy or Royal Marines will help with the funding of your continued education.  You also have a great job offer at the end of it all.

No matter what age you are, you’ll be able to get a taste of a life without limits and kickstart your career. Find out more by choosing your relevant stage below.

Options

Age 14-17

When you’re weighing up the next steps after school, or your sixth form choices, the Royal Navy offers several options that can help secure you a fantastic career.

Sixth form scholarship schemes

A sixth form scholarship gives you financial support while you study for your A-levels or equivalent qualifications and secures you a place for initial officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) or Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) once you finish.

You'll receive £1,500 a year while you study and you get to experience life in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines before you start your training. You need to be in Year 11 or 12 (4th or 5th Year at Scottish secondary schools) in order to apply.

On an Engineer officer scholarship, you are also guaranteed a place at a Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) university, or a university of your choice, with a bursary of £4,000 per year while you study for your degree.  You will then enter initial officer training once you graduate.

Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College

If you’re an aspiring engineer, there is no better way to fast track your career than at Welbeck College – the Royal Navy’s Defence Sixth Form College near Loughborough. You can apply from the age of 14 for this college.

This is a purpose built residential sixth form college, equipped with some of the best facilities and equipment in the country. You will live on site, studying alongside other aspiring engineers aiming for a technical career in the armed forces and the MOD civil service.

You will then go on to study your approved math, physics or engineering related degree at university with a bursary of £4,000 per year paid by the Royal Navy.  After you graduate you will take up your secured place at BRNC to train as an Engineer Officer.

Age 17 onwards

Once you’ve completed your A-levels or equivalent qualifications, the Royal Navy offers a fantastic fully funded in-service degree programme, which you complete alongside your initial officer training while you are already being paid. If you wish to study for a degree prior to joining the Royal Navy or Royal Marines, or your chosen career entry requirements stipulate a degree, you can also be awarded financial help.  Take a look at the different options here:

DEGREE SCHEMES

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

With the DTUS you can study an approved maths, physics or engineering based subject at university and then join the Royal Navy as an Engineer Officer. Every year we sponsor just 70 students through their studies. If you are selected as one of them, you will be paid £4,000 a year throughout your degree course.

While you’re studying you’ll still be a civilian and enjoy a full and active university life. All you need to do for the Royal Navy is complete at least 45 training days each year – including weekly training nights during term-time. There are also some military attachments and exercises during Easter and summer holidays. You'll receive additional pay of up to £1,500 for this training in addition to your bursary.

When you graduate, you’ll have a guaranteed place at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) to begin your intial training as an Engineer Officer. You will need to complete at least three years in the service once you’ve finished your professional training.

Military Aviation Academy

If you’re an aspiring Aircrew Officer and join the Royal Navy straight from school or college you will be awarded a fully-funded Foundation Degree in Military Aviation Studies from the Open University on successful completion of your flying training at the Military Aviation Academy. You’ll be on a full salary while you study and have no tuition fees to pay. When you have achieved your foundation degree, you have the option to self study to achieve the further credits you need for a fully-funded BA Hons or BSc Hons degree in Military Aviation Studies.

In-service degree for non-Engineer Officers

If you join the Royal Navy straight from school or college as a Warfare, Hydrographic and Meteorology, or Logistics Officer, you will be awarded a mandated Foundation Degree in Maritime Studies or Maritime Science from Plymouth University on completion of your professional training (Phase 1 and 2). You then have the option to enrol on the Route to Honours programme which will result in a fully funded BSc Hons in Defence Studies or Maritime Science.  As with the Aircrew foundation degree, you’ll be earning a good salary while you study and have no tuition fees to pay.

BURSARIES

If you’re planning to go to university, you can apply for one of our bursary schemes. You’ll then be known as a Bursar, during which time you will still be a civilian while studying. You’ll need to spend part of your summer holidays training with us and getting to know the Royal Navy or Royal Marines.

There are two kinds of bursaries:

Standard bursary

These are available to those wanting to join the Royal Marines or the Warfare, Logistics or Fleet Air Arm branches of the Royal Navy as an officer.  The bursary is to help with the costs of studying any subject at any UK university and is currently £1,500 per year.

Technical bursary

If you want to study for an accredited maths, physics or engineering based degree at a non-DTUS university and want to join the Royal Navy as an Engineer Officer, you can apply for a technical bursary, currently worth £4,000 a year.

University years

With our bursaries and cadetships you won’t need to worry about the mounting cost of studying and university fees. You'll also have the security of knowing there’s a job in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines waiting for you once you’ve finished your studies. Take a look at our financial support packages below:

BURSARIES

If you’re planning to go to university, or you're already at university, you can apply for one of our bursary schemes. You’ll then be known as a Bursar, during which time you will still be a civilian while studying. You’ll need to spend part of your summer holidays training with us and getting to know the Royal Navy or Royal Marines.

There are two kinds of bursaries:

Standard bursary

These are available to those wanting to join the Royal Marines or the Warfare, Logistics or Fleet Air Arm branches of the Royal Navy as an officer. The bursary is to help with the costs of studying any subject at any UK university and is currently £1,500 per year. You can apply with up to 1 year left to study.

Technical bursary

If you want to study, or you're already studying, for an accredited maths, physics or engineering based degree at a non-DTUS university and want to join the Royal Navy as an Engineer Officer, you can apply for a technical bursary, currently worth £4,000 a year.

MEDICAL AND DENTAL CADETSHIPS

If you want to join the Royal Navy as a Medical Officer or Dental Officer, with our cadetships you can earn a great salary while you study and have your tuition fees paid for by the Royal Navy. You are then guaranteed your place to begin your initial naval training and undertake your foundation training with the Royal Navy.

Medical cadetship

As a medical student, you can apply for an undergraduate cadetship up to three years before you qualify. You’ll have to pass both the Admiralty Interview Board and a competitive selection board. If you’re successful, you’ll receive a generous salary starting at £15,379 per year, a book allowance and have your tuition fees paid while still enjoying university life as a civilian.

Dental cadetship

If you’re in the last nine terms of your undergraduate dentistry training, you can apply for a dental cadetship. You’ll have to pass both the Admiralty Interview Board and a competitive selection board. If you’re successful, you’ll receive a generous salary starting at £15,379 per year, a book allowance and have your tuition fees paid for by the Royal Navy while still enjoying university life as a civilian.

 

When can I join?

You can join most Royal Navy branches from 16, up to your 37th birthday. The age limit for becoming an officer is different – and you must be within it when you enter Britannia Royal Naval College. If you’re too young, we can put you on a waiting list.

RFA cadetships

By joining us on one of our Cadetship Schemes, you don’t have to choose between gaining higher qualifications and earning decent money on your way to a career as a Royal Fleet Auxiliary Deck or Engineering Officer.

Welbeck College

If you’re an aspiring engineer, there is no better way to fast track your career than at Welbeck College – the Royal Navy’s Defence Sixth Form College near Loughborough.