Overview top

This is a five week programme of 75 hours covering topics on the Masters oral syllabus (MGN653 - Amendment 1) to prepare you for your Masters oral examination. Maritime and Coastguard Agency - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

You will be taught by our expert and experienced team of lecturers who will give you the knowledge and confidence before you sit your oral exam. This course is specifically designed to cover the orals syllabus and each lecture is taught by a subject specific lecturer who will utilise our world class facilities and resources to their fullest extent.

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You may also require the following short courses:

  • Human Element Leadership and Management (HELM) Management
  • Medical Care Onboard Ship 

To view our world-class facilities, take a look at our virtual tour here. 

Entry Requirements top

The MCA regulations require a candidate:

  • Hold a valid Chief Mate unlimited, II/2, Certificate of Competency
  • Have completed 36 months watchkeeping service while holding OOW unlimited II/1, Certificate of Competency.  This period may be reduced to 24 months if at least 12 months of such seagoing service has been served as Chief Mate while holding a Chief Mate unlimited II/2 Certificate of Competency
  • Discharge book entries verifying sea service.
  • Watch-keeping certificates to support all watch-keeping sea service.

A candidate who does not have a discharge book will need to obtain documentation from their shipping company verifying their sea service. 

It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that all entry requirements for the course and the issue of a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) by the MCA are met prior to attending the course.

For furhter information, please refer to MGN1856 - Amendment 1 on the MCA website. Maritime and Coastguard Agency - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Assessment top

The MCA oral examination is conducted via Microsoft Teams by MCA examiners, 

Link to MGN653 - Amendment 1 on the MCA website. 

Professional Opportunities top

Candidates can progress onto a multitude of roles ashore, including marine pilot, marine surveyor, ship management and many more.  Successful candidates can also progress onto our BSc (Hons) (Top Up) in Marine Operations.

Further Information top

To apply for this course e-mail nadmin@tynecoast.ac.uk for more information and an application form.

For UK students a £500 deposit is required and a deposit of £1000 for Non-UK students to reserve your place on the course (subject to availability).  For overseas students full payment will be required before a CAS (if required for this course) will be issued.

Any fees paid by Bankers Draft should be made payable to Tyne Coast College.

Accommodation is available in the college at Dr Winterbottom Hall or in private lodgings. For full details, please refer to the separate information sheet or contact Dr Winterbottom Hall directly.  Please telephone: +44 (0)191 427 3666 or email DWH@tynecoast.ac.uk for more information.





Dates & Fees

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