Undergraduate Leadership Programme

What is it?

The Undergraduate Leadership Programme (ULP) gives STEM students, at all levels, an in-depth understanding of the leadership skills required for an engineering career in the Royal Navy – and how these skills give you the edge in industry.

The programme is made up of four events, three of which take place at selected UK campuses, outside of lecture timetables. The final event lasts two days, in Portsmouth, and will provide a brief insight into leadership and engineering in the Royal Navy. You’re free to attend as many of the events as you wish. However, if you want to progress onto the paid Summer Internship, we’d recommend them all.

Once you’ve completed the Royal Navy 2-Day Experience you’ll be awarded a certificate to show you have completed ‘Leadership and Management Training’ with the Royal Navy.

The ULP is perfect if you’re looking to build on your leadership and management skills, experience a unique working environment first-hand, or just find out more about yourself.

Paid summer internship

What is it

If you want to push yourself beyond the ULP, there’s an exclusive six-week paid internship for the 12 undergraduates who show an aptitude for leadership and have a proven passion for engineering.

If you make the grade, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work across the different engineering disciplines and branches of the Naval Service: air, marine and weapons. This includes aviation, marine, weapons and systems engineering.

Please note: there is no obligation to join the Royal Navy if you take part in the above.

What can I expect?

The events will get you thinking about leadership and management, with theoretical and practical exercises that will help you develop your own leadership style. For each event timings and locations will be circulated in due course, please keep checking the 'When and where' section on this page.

ULP Socials – The first event gives you with an opportunity to chat with Royal Navy Engineers and people who have already completed the programme. With free food and drink, it’s the perfect, relaxed environment to find out more about the ULP, the Paid Summer Internship, and the benefits of an engineering career in the Royal Navy.

Practical Leadership Event – The second sessions deliver practical leadership exercises aimed at developing your leadership and teamwork skills. These take place at designated campuses between November and December.

Theoretical Leadership Event – The final on-campus sessions are classroom-based discussions and table-top exercises, exploring leadership models to increase your understanding of the theory behind leadership and management. These take place between January and February.

Royal Navy 2-Day Experience – The final two-day event is hosted by the Royal Navy in Portsmouth. It enables us to show you leadership in action, by using state-of-the-art Royal Naval training facilities.

During this visit you’ll have the opportunity to see engineering in practice while developing your teamwork and leadership skills through a variety of exciting and unique activities. This opportunity is open to everyone who’s signed up to participate in the ULP, though since we’re limited to 120 places, we’ll prioritise those of you who have attended the on-campus activities.

When and where?

Practical Leadership Event dates and locations:

  • 1 December Cardiff University
  • 6 December Newcastle University
  • 8 December University of Manchester
  • 15 December University of Liverpool

For more information, visit our events calendar.

Theoretical Leadership Event dates and locations:

  • 31 January Portsmouth University
  • 2 February University of Manchester
  • 7 February University of Liverpool
  • 6 February University of Bristol
  • 9 February University of Leeds
  • 13 February University of Exeter
  • 14 February Plymouth University
  • 16 February Aberystwyth University
  • 20 February University of Birmingham
  • 21 February (TBC) Loughborough University
  • 23 February Cardiff University
  • 28 February Newcastle University

For more information, visit our events calendar.

Am I eligible?

The ULP is delivered at 12 Universities across the UK. If you’re not a student at one of these universities but can make it to one (or all) of the on-campus events, feel free to come and see us. If the on-campus events are not feasible, don’t worry: you can still apply for the Royal Navy 2-Day Experience and Internship by clicking ‘ULP SIGNUP’ on the top right hand side.

To apply for the ULP you can be:

  • Any age
  • Any nationality

You need to be:

  • Studying a degree in Engineering, Maths, Physics or Computer Science
  • Without medical restrictions

To apply for the paid Summer Internship you need to be:

  • Ages 18 to 34
  • A British citizen, with dual nationality or from a Commonwealth country
  • Studying a degree in Engineering, Maths, Physics or Computer Science
  • Free of any medical conditions that could place you or others at risk during individual and group physical activities. You should also be prepared to spend short periods of time at sea

How do I apply?

You can register your interest in the ULP at the top right hand side of this page. It doesn’t matter if you’ve missed an event, or if your university is not acting as a host; if there’s room on the 2-Day Royal Navy Experience we will try to accommodate you, and update you regularly by email so you don’t miss out.

Application for the internship is exclusive to participants of the Royal Navy 2-Day Experience. Details of how to apply for the internship will be highlighted throughout the ULP events and Royal Navy 2-Day Experience.