About this course

During this four-week course you will receive tuition and guided study in preparation for the MCA oral exam to achieve Master (Unlimited) certification.  

Notice of Eligibility (NoE) and oral exams guidance

When you have accrued sufficient sea time to sit an oral exam with the MCA, you are required to apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE). 

This form can be downloaded from the MCA website and must be returned with original copies of your supporting documentation (sea service testimonials, STCW certificates, exam pass certificates and ENG1) to prove you are eligible for an oral exam. 

Once you have your NoE you can book your oral exam at any of the MCA offices throughout the UK. The MCA office you have chosen will not confirm your booking until you have received your NOE. Be aware they do have busy periods, so it is best to book your oral exam well in advance to ensure you get your preferred date. 

A Notice of Eligibility is valid for five years from date of issue, and for three years after a successful oral exam. You must apply for your NoE well in advance of your anticipated exam date as they can take up to six weeks to be processed. 


  • You must have completed 36 months’ watchkeeping service while holding an 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. 
  • You must also hold a valid STCW certificate in Proficiency in Medical Care and Human Element, Leadership and Management (Management Level) before taking your MCA oral exam. If not already held, these courses can be undertaken with us outside of the main certification course. 
  • A valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA. 

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Apply online for 20 January 2020 start

Apply online for 27 April 2020 start

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    Master (Unlimited)

  • Prerequisites

    See main course description

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Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course.

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email warsash.admissions@solent.ac.uk.

Admissions Team

Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday

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