Funding and scholarships

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 available for ambitious, driven students. Sponsorship from the Royal Navy or Royal Marines can help you shape the education you want. The best bit? You’ll have a guaranteed job once you’re finished.

No matter what age you are, you’ll be able to get a taste of a life without limits and kickstart your career. Find out more by choosing your relevant stage below.

Age 14-17

Sixth form scholarship schemes

You need to be in Year 11 or 12 (4th or 5th Year at Scottish secondary schools) in order to apply.

What you get

On an Engineer officer scholarship, you are also guaranteed a place at a Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) university, or a university of your choice, with a bursary of £4,000 per year while you study for your degree. Once you graduate, you’ll enter initial officer training.

Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College

For aspiring engineers, there’s no better way to fast-track your career than at Welbeck College, the Royal Navy’s Defence Sixth Form College near Loughborough. You can apply from the age of 14.

What you get

  • A purpose-built residential sixth form college is equipped with the best facilities and equipment in the country
  • On-site living, studying with other aspiring engineers
  • Study your approved maths, physics or engineering related degree at university
  • A bursary of £4,000 per year paid by the Royal Navy

After you graduate you’ll take up your secured place at BRNC to train as an Engineer Officer.

Age 17+

If you're planning to go to university, you can apply for one of our bursary schemes.  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 or Royal Marines.

There are three types of bursary, two technical bursaries and a standard bursary:

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

With the DTUS you can study an approved 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 course.

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 some military attachments and exercises during Easter and summer holidays. You'll receive additional 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.

Technical bursary

If you want to study for an accredited maths, physics or 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 a year.

Standard bursary

These are available if you want to join the Royal Marines or the Warfare, Logistics or Fleet Air Arm branches of the Royal Navy as an officer. The bursary helps with the costs of studying any subject at any UK university and is currently £1,500 per year.

In-Service Degrees

Once you've completed your A-levels (or equivalent qualifications) as an aspiring Aircrew, Warfare or Logistics Officer you'll be awarded a Foundation Degree through a fully-funded in-service degree programme, completed alongside your professional naval training while receiving your salary.

Aircrew Officers-Military Aviation Academy

If you’re an aspiring Aircrew Officer and join the Royal Navy straight from school or college, you’ll be awarded a fully-funded Foundation Degree in Military Aviation Studies from the Open University. You’ll need to complete your flying training at the Military Aviation Academy.

You’ll be on a full salary while you study and have no tuition fees to pay. When you have achieved your foundation degree, you have the option to self-study to achieve the further credits you need for a fully-funded BA Hons or BSc Hons degree in Military Aviation Studies.

Warfare, HM & Logistics Officer In service degree

If you join the Royal Navy straight from school or college as a Warfare, Hydrographic and Meteorology, or Logistics Officer, you will be awarded a mandated Foundation Degree in Maritime Studies or Maritime Science from Plymouth University on completion of your professional training (Phase 1 and 2).

You then have the option to enrol on the Route to Honours programme which leads to a fully-funded BSc Hons in Defence Studies or Maritime Science. As with the Aircrew foundation degree, you’ll be earning a good salary while you study and have no tuition fees to pay.