Open University


The Marine Society and the Open University (OU) have worked together for over 43 years to ensure that seafarers are able to take advantage of the learning opportunities on offer.

It's an ideal way for seafarers to continue with their learning as it's the UK's only university dedicated to distance learning.

What's on offer?

There's a degree focusing on leadership, business and management where we pleased to advise that a seafarer's HND in Nautical Science and Marine Engineering has been mapped from transferred credit.

The strands making up the degree have been selected to maximise the amount of transferred credit available to seafarers; to ensure the degree is seafarer-friendly; and to offer a qualification felt to be especially relevant to career development.

There's also a route through to chartered status for marine engineers.

How the Marine Society can help

The Marine Society can register you for your studies direct with the OU.

We'll also provide support for your throughout your studies and can arrange for your exams to take place at sea if necessary. We can also arrange so that seafarers do not incur examination fees.

You may also be eligible for scholarship funding.


If you would llike to know more about how we can help you with OU study, please contact us using the form on our main site.

Visit the Marine Society in the OU website