Engineer Defence Undergraduate Schemes

If you are planning to attend university before starting life as an engineer, you can apply for a Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) or technical bursary with the Royal Navy. The final entry to universities for both of these schemes is September 2021 and your Career Advisor will advise you how to proceed quickly. From September 2022 onwards you will enter the Defence STEM Undergraduate Scheme (DSUS).

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) and to be accepted onto a degree course in a UK university studying an Engineering degree or acceptable STEM subject. You will not need to have been an A-level scholarship student.

What will I get?

  • £4,000 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

Choose a bursary scheme

 

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

This scheme allows you to study an approved maths, physics or engineering-based course at university, before joining the Royal Navy as an Engineer Officer. Qualifying DTUS universities are; Aston, Birmingham, Cambridge, Imperial College London, Loughborough, Newcastle, Northumbria, Oxford, Portsmouth, Southampton and Strathclyde.

There are just 70 spaces available, but 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 £1,500 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 training. As part of the scheme, you will need to complete at least three years’ service.


Technical bursary scheme

This scheme is the perfect option if you don’t want to go to any of the DTUS universities. It allows you to choose an accredited maths, physics or engineering-based degree course at any UK university. You’ll get £4,000 per year and be working towards a career as a Royal Navy Engineer Officer.

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


Defence STEM Undergraduate Scheme (DSUS)

The DSUS scheme will replace the DTUS and the technical bursary schemes from the university intake of September 2022.
 
DSUS allows you to study an approved engineering-based course at university, before joining the Royal Navy as an Engineer Officer. 

There are 42 spaces available each year, but 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 training. As part of the scheme, you will need to complete at least 5 years’ return of service once you are fully trained.

 

How do I apply?

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Step 1

Choose an Engineer Officer role

Find your role
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Step 2

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

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Step 3

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

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Step 4

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