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  • Bachelors Professional Accreditation

    Hi there,

    Can anyone shed some light on why the majority of Marine Engineering degrees advertised as a top-up for officers to gain Bachelor standard are not recognised by professional institutions such as IMarEST or ECUK? For example, the BEng offered by South Shields Marine School? and similar offered by University of Plymouth and Warsash.

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    Historically the Engineering Council and the Professional Bodies were not in favour of one year top-ups and so accreditation was difficult. However this has changed in the last two years. For engineers, the Warsash top-up is now in the form of joining the final full-time year of one of Solent’s Engineering degrees, which have IET accreditation. Other colleges may have similar arrangements.

    Regardless of accreditation, a top-up without accreditation but with suitable industry experience or an MSc could still be used towards Chartered Engineer status, but the accreditation makes it a bit easier and faster to achieve CEng.
    Any opinions offered are mine and not necessarily those of my employer.