Open University

We’ve created tailored packages for seafarers and those working in the maritime sector. These include a degree in business, leadership and management, and a route to chartered status for marine engineers. And because they come from the OU, it can be achieved either at sea or ashore.

To help you concentrate on your learning, we can enrol you on the course, arrange all exams at sea and also provide support for all the administrative aspects involved. We can also arrange for there to be no examination fees.

We’ve also negotiated special discounts for seafarers wanting to enrol in the OU’s continuing professional development courses, as well as some higher-level programmes.


The MBA programme

One of these programmes is the Open Business School’s MBA programme. The OU offers a BA/BSc Open Degree, especially for seafarers, that focuses on business, leadership and management.

Open qualifications are highly regarded by employers as they equip you with a wide range of expertise, skills and capabilities that are much sought after in today’s highly competitive job market.

This degree has been mapped for credit transfer against a seafarers’ HND in nautical science or marine engineering and attracts 120 points at Level 1 and a further 60 at Level 2. That leaves only a 60-point course at Level 2 and two 30-point courses at Level 3 to earn the degree. This makes the qualification achievable within two years and also makes it more affordable.

You will gain relevant and practical skills in communication, the use of IT, numerical interpretation, collaborative working and reflective thinking. It will also provide you with a range of skills such as marketing, human resources, finance, plus leading and influencing change.

If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about OU study, please email: