Engineer Officer Bursary Scheme

Service:Surface Fleet
Branch:Engineering
Level:Officer
Mechanics
Technology
An Air Engineer working on Royal Navy kit.
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The role at a glance

What you’ll do

Rising tuition fees mean life as a student isn't always easy on your pocket. Whether you're still at school or of university age, a range of funding and scholarships are available for ambitious, driven students. If you are studying for your A-levels, find out more about funding and scholarships. If you are interested in studying for a technical degree and aspire to become an Engineer Officer in the Royal Navy, sponsorship at university can help you shape the education you want with a guaranteed job once you're finished.  There are two sponsorship options for you:-

  • Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) - £4,000 p/a at one of 11 partner Universities
  • Technical Bursary - £4,000 p/a at a non-DTUS University

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

With the DTUS you can study a 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.

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 military attachments and exercises during the Easter and summer holidays.  You'll receive additional pay of up to £1,500 for this training in addition to your bursary.

The 11 Partner universities on this scheme are; Aston, Birmingham, Cambridge, Imperial College, Loughborough, Newcastle,  Northumbria, Oxford, Portsmouth, Southampton, Strathclyde.

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

Technical Bursary

If you want to study maths, physics or an 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, worth £4,000 per year.

You'll be known as a Bursar, and remain a civilian while studying.  You'll need to spend part of your summer holidays training with us and getting to know the Royal Navy.  You can also join your local University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) and take advantage of additional opportunities including weekly training nights during term-time.  There are also some military exercises during the holidays.  You'll recieve additional training 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 initial training as an Engineer Officer.  You will need to complete at least three years in the service once you've finished your professional training.

Your role

 

  • Receive sponsorship of £4,000 per year to study maths, physics or an engineering degree.
  • Spend part of your summer holidays training with us and getting to know the Royal Navy.
  • Take advantage of additional DTUS or URNU activities such as adventurous and military training - receiving additional training pay when you do so.
  • Have a guaranteed place at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) to begin your initial training as an Engineer Officer.
  • Eligible to top up your bursary to £27,000 at key milestones throughout your naval training.

 

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Bursars are expected to study and pass a maths, physics or an engineering based degree approved by us

Skills you'll develop

  • Learn transferable skills that’ll support you in your future studies and career
  • Develop leadership skills and character in preparation for the challenges of service life

Career progression

What you'll need

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Studying, or a place accepted to study a degree in maths, physics, or any engineering related subject
  • If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 72 UCAS points, including two non-overlapping subject areas; before 2017, you need 180 UCAS points
  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 at grades 9-4, including English Language and Maths; before 2017, you need 5 at grade A*-C

General requirements

  • Medically fit to join the Royal Navy
  • A British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuosuly for the 5 years prior to applying, or dual natioanl
  • Be under 29 when you begin Initial Officer Training at BRNC

Skills and interests

  • Interested in a future Engineering career with the Royal Navy
  • Focused and committed, determined to achieve your personal best
  • Keen to maintain personal fitness
  • Independent thinker
  • Organised
  • Keen to take advantages of the opportunities available through DTUS/URNU units
  • Strong teamwork skills
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Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application 

Once you've registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form.

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NRST)

 You'll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Medical and eye tests

 These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence approved doctors

  • Interview

You'll have a short interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Navy, and to ensure you're
ready for the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

  • Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

This stage is unique to officers and takes place over a day and a half.  It's a competency-based assessment that confirms that you're physically and mentally ready to become a Royal Navy Officer


Initial training

On completion of your degree you'll spend 30 weeks training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth, focusing on: military skills, maritime skills and initial fleet time.  The military skills phase includes learning leadership and teamwork skills, and the principles of command and management.  You will put this into practice during several exercises on Dartmouth.

Aim to get yourself as fit as you can before you arrive.  You'll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you'll find it much easier if you're already in good shape.  There's also a swimming test, so if you can't swim, make sure you've learned by the time you join us.


Professional training

Your professional training will be specific to the Engineering role you have chosen.  Before you apply, you need to know which Engineering role you would like to apply for, more information on the role and the professional training associated can be found on the webpage for each role:

Weapon Engineer Officer - Being a Weapon Engineer Officer means being the person a team of skilled engineers look to for advise, guidance and support. Adaptability will be key as you take the lead in managing on a range of projects simultaneously, solving complex problems with some of the most sophisticated equipment imaginable.  If you can embrace the variety and responsibility, you'll be given all the world-class training you need to succeed.

Weapon Engineer Officer (Submariner) - Being a Weapon Engineer Officer (Submariner) means leading a team of skilled engineers on some of the Royal Navy's most top secret missions.  You could be on board a Vanguard-class submarine, where you'll maintain the ballistic missiles that are our nation's nuclear deterrent, or be working on the cutting-edge radar and detection systems of a hunter killer Astute-class boat.

Marine Engineer Officer - Everyone looks to the Engineering Technicians to keep the ship moving.  the Engineering Technicians look to you.  Being a Marine Engineer Officer means leading the day-to-day maintenance of our most cutting-edge kit.  Without you, vital operations wouldn't happen.  You'll report directly to the Commanding Officer when there's a problem, and be relied upon to make key decisions when it matters most.

Marine Engineer Officer (Submariner) - As a Marine Engineer Officer (Submariner), it’s your job to lead a highly trained team in some of the most challenging conditions imaginable. You’ll oversee the maintenance and operation of a nuclear reactor. It’s a role that comes with huge responsibility, because without you the boat is stranded, and some top secret missions don’t happen. You’ll push your engineering knowledge to the limit, as you find solutions to complex problems, and work with the most advanced kit imaginable.

Air Engineer Officer -  When you join the Royal Navy as an Air Engineer Officer, you’ll lead the people who ensure our aircraft are ready to take off at a moment’s notice. A team of highly-trained avionics engineers will look to you for advice, guidance and support on a daily basis as they tackle a range of complex problems, in challenging environments, all over the world. You’ll use your knowledge and expertise to guarantee the safety of our pilots and the reliability of our aircraft. Without you, our planes and helicopters stay grounded, and our reach is reduced.