The Level 5  Higher Nationals Diploma (HND) is a two year course. During your first year you will study a Level 4 Higher Nationals Certificate (HNC). Upon successful completion of the first year, you will progress onto the second year to study the Level 5 HND which will then enable you to progress onto Level 6 Degree Top-Up programme at many Universities.

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Full-time. 5 pm to 8 pm + autonomous study.


Level 4 and level 5 (240 credits)


18 to 24 month

The courses are open all year round and students can register in any month, as soon as there is a place.


€420,00 per month.  

Tuition fees exclude registration fees  €490.00 


Classroom and project classes. It also includes online classes.


1 Month in Portugal

1 Month in France 


Marine engineer

As a marine engineer, you will need to be responsible, safety conscious, and a good team worker. We’ll teach you these crucial skills as well as giving you an understanding of design concepts and engineering principles, along with the managerial techniques required to be employed in this lucrative industry. Through a blend of lectures, scientific experiments, and work-based training, you’ll develop considerable practical engineering knowledge through studies of everything from naval architecture to fluids, and specialist knowledge in topics from thermodynamics to ship propulsion.

The Higher National Diploma in Marine Engineering provides its learner the realistic and appropriate career-related opportunities worldwide for 21st-century employment markets.

Ideal for:

  • Naval architects, design coordinators, purchasing professionals, sales managers, and logistics personnel

  • Marine surveyors, fleet or vessel superintendents, and HSSE personnel needing to develop their engineering knowledge.

  • Project managers, coordinators, and production supervisors involved in vessel design-build, modification, repair, or scrapping.

  • Insurance and claims executives plus legal and financial professionals working in the maritime sector

  • Seagoing marine engineers wishing to develop and widen their professional seagoing knowledge

  • Maritime professionals needing to develop a technical understanding of engineering theories and mechanical principles

Why Choose Marine Engineering?

The Marine Engineering Higher National Diploma is an engineering qualification that has been tailored to the marine industry. Covering mechanical and electrical.

Practical Work

In Marine, Engineering students are encouraged to develop a range of important skills which are transferable to any walk of life.

The course is designed to replicate the Marine Engineering working environment, therefore you will; Gain a broad understanding of business and be able to study selected areas in more depth. Develop skills, knowledge, and understanding in business. Have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way. Follow a programme of study which enables progression to both higher education and employment within the business. Develop personal, learning, and thinking skills, which are highly valued by employers and universities. Gain confidence through developing independent learning skills.

Units offered include engineering design; mechanical principles; naval architecture; marine electrical systems; ship propulsion and maneuverability; quality assurance and management.


Higher National Diploma in Marine Engineering 

The Level 5 HND in Marine Engineering requires two years’ study with the College. Throughout the course, you will be required to complete 15 core, optional and specialized modules (eight in year 1 and seven in year 2).

To achieve the qualification, a student must have completed units equivalent to 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 and scored at least a pass in 105 credits at level 4 and 105 credits at level 5, amounting to 210 + credits. The HNC Nautical Science aims to equip you with the skills to seek employment at an operational level in ship management, port and harbor operations, freight and transportation operations, the marine insurance industry, shipbroking and chartering, the wider maritime safety industry (eg safety equipment manufacturers), meteorological services, pollution prevention services.  Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers. 

The HNC in Marine Engineering develops knowledge and skills in areas such as propulsion, auxiliary systems, stability and structure of merchant ships, electro-technology, mechanical principles, and thermodynamics.

The HND in Marine Engineering builds on the knowledge and skills of the HNC and also covers legislation and leadership, management, the strength of materials, applied mechanics, heat engine principles, naval architecture, ship construction and survey, electrical distribution systems, electrical power, process control, pneumatics, and hydraulic systems.

This qualification is available through colleges. Typically, an HNC takes one year to complete and an HND takes two years.

You will study the following units:

Course Structure - 1st Year

YEAR 1 - Level 4 HNC

Unit 1: Engineering Mathematics

Unit 2: Engineering Science 1

Unit 3: Engineering Materials  

Unit 4: CAD (computer-aided design) Techniques and Design

Course Structure - 2nd Year

YEAR 2 - Level 5 HND

Unit 5: Naval Architecture

Unit 6: Management Techniques in Marine Engineering

Unit 7: Transmission 

Unit 8: Hydraulics 

Unit 9: Engineering Thermodynamics

Unit 10: Composite Materials for the Marine Environment

Unit 11: Advanced CAD and FEA (finite element analysis)

Total Credits: 210+

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses (Level 4/5)

Level 4 courses come in the form of 1st year of a bachelor's programme or HNC (Higher National Certificate). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 2nd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for)

Level 5 courses come in the form of the 2nd year of a bachelors programmes or an HND (Higher National Diploma). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 3rd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for)

Units offered include engineering design; mechanical principles; naval architecture; marine electrical systems; ship propulsion and maneuverability; quality assurance and management.

Graduate Course

Graduate Course (Level 6)

Level 6 courses are the final component of a bachelor’s degree.

Students who successfully completed Higher National Diploma in Marine Engineering qualification can progress onto Degree Top-Up programme at many Universities such as Lloyds Maritime Academy,  University of Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire New University, Teesside University, University of Sunderland, Buckinghamshire New University, University of Huddersfield, London Metropolitan University, Oxford Brookes University, University of Gloucestershire, University of Worcester, University of South Wales, etc.

On successful completion you may be able to progress to:

the final year of the Marine Engineering or Naval Architecture  Degrees, following the completion of 40 credits of additional short course study the first year of the BEng (Hons) Marine Technology degree at the Prime College (you must score above 60% overall and 60% in maths) a career within the mechanical design and manufacturing industries.


Teaching and Administrative Services

The college gives high priority to both teaching and administrative services. It employs suitably qualified academic personnel who are dedicated to carrying out teaching responsibilities with care & professionalism. The college also has an experienced administrative team to oversee the overall administration of the college.

College policies are closely aligned to the UK's Quality Code for Higher Education, for quality education. We are committed to providing our students with a quality education experience that benefits their learning and development as individuals.

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