Chief Mate (Unlimited) - Post Foundation Degree Route

About this course

This course enables candidates who have successfully completed a merchant navy deck officer cadetship via the foundation degree (FdSc) route to achieve Chief Mate and Master certification.  Please note that candidates who completed their FdSc cadetships at another UK maritime college will be required to undertake an FdSc Command Management unit with students on the Chief Mate examination route, although they do not need to sit the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) exams. 

Candidates will receive a number of presentations designed to update them on current marine issues and legislation, and prepare them for the MCA signals  and oral exam. The NAEST and HELM (Management Level) courses are also part of the programme. 

Candidates must have, and hold, a valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA.

Candidates must also hold an STCW certificate in Proficiency in Medical Care before the issue of their Chief Mate Certificate of Competency. This certificate must be no more than five years old. Additionally, candidates who completed the NAEST(O) course prior to 1 January 2005 must have completed an IMO Model 1.27 ECDIS course before undertaking the NAEST(M) course. Both of these courses can be undertaken at Warsash outside of the main course.

Once a Chief Mate Certificate of Competency has been achieved, candidates must return to sea to accumulate a further minimum 12 months' sea service as a watchkeeping deck officer before taking a Master’s MCA oral examination to gain full Master’s certification.

Course delivery location

This course is delivered from Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please refer to your joining instructions for information of where to report to when you arrive. 

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Contact us

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5015

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.

Course information




Foundation degree in Marine Operations.

Minimum 12 months' sea service as a watchkeeping deck officer while holding STCW ‘95 Table A II/1 Certificate of Competency (Watchkeeper).

A valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA.

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