Engineer Defence Undergraduate Schemes

If you are planning to attend university before starting life as an engineer, you can apply for the Defence STEM Undergraduate Scheme (DSUS) with the Royal Navy.

From the university intake of September 2022, the DSUS scheme has replaced the DTUS and technical bursary schemes.

You’ll need: 5 GCSEs at grade 7 or higher including English Language and Mathematics, at least 72 UCAS points in 2 non-overlapping subjects (at least 64 points should be in Maths and an Engineering-based Science). Accepted onto a UK university degree course to study an Engineering, Maths or Physics discipline (accredited by the relevant institute). There is no requirement for you to have been an A-level scholarship student.

DSUS allows you to study an approved engineering-based course at university of your choice prior to joining the Royal Navy as an Engineer Officer. 

There are 35 spaces available each year, if you’re successful, you’ll get the opportunity to do 45 days of Naval Service training every year alongside your studies. These include weekly training nights during term time and some military exercises during the holidays. Complete these and you’ll earn an additional £2,000 per year, all while preparing yourself for Royal Navy life.

Once you’ve graduated, you’ll head to Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) for initial officer training. As part of the scheme, you will need to complete at least 3 years return of service once you are fully trained.

What will I get?

  • £5,000 per year towards the cost of your studies
  • University tuition fees paid up to a maximum of £9250 per year
  • The opportunity to earn training pay (up to 45 Man Training Days approximately £2000 per year) as a member of the associated University Royal Naval Unit (URNU)
  • The opportunity to experience Service life before you start your career, getting hands-on experience with some of our cutting-edge kit
  • The opportunity to earn a place on a Master of Engineering course
  • A guaranteed place on Royal Navy initial officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) on completion
  • A fulfilling and challenging career as an Air, Weapon or Marine Engineer Officer working in the Surface Fleet or Submarine Service
  • Chance to enjoy all aspects of university life, while laying the foundations for a successful engineering career that makes use of your qualifications and skills

How do I apply?


Step 1

Choose an Engineer Officer role

Find your role

Step 2

We’ll send you a link to a digital application form for you to complete


Step 3

Use the check box to indicate that you’re applying for a scholarship


Step 4

Submit your form. We’ll contact you when we’ve received it