Educational Requirements

Minimum Educational Qualifications

Operations Branch/Marine Engineer Branch

School Leavers/Non Graduates must possess a minimum of Grade C2 in 4 Higher Level papers and Grade B1 in 2 Ordinary/Higher level papers.

A minimum of Grade D3 is required in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

  1. Mathematics. In the case of Candidates, applying for a Marine Engineering Cadetship this must be a minimum of Grade C3 in a Higher Level paper.
  2. Irish. NUI matriculation exemptions apply.
  3. English. Candidates whose first language is not English must satisfy the English language requirements in accordance with NUI Matriculations Regulations.
  4. Any three Matriculation subjects not already selected.

As a new grading scheme was introduced for the Leaving Certificate 2017, the following MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS will apply to those candidates who sat this examination in 2017 and who are sitting this examination in 2018:

Naval Service – Operations Branch/Marine Engineer Branch, Cadetship competitions School Leavers/Non Graduates must possess a minimum of Grade H4 in 4Higher Level papers and Grade 02/H2 in 2 Ordinary/Higher level papers.

A minimum of Grade 06/H6 is required in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

  1. Mathematics. In the case of Candidates, applying for a Marine Engineering Cadetship this must be a minimum of Grade H5 in a Higher Level paper.
  2. Irish. NUI matriculation exemptions apply. 
  3. English. Candidates whose first language is not English must satisfy the English language requirements in accordance with NUI Matriculations Regulations.
  4. Any three Matriculation subjects not already selected.

Naval Service – Operations Branch/Marine Engineer Branch

Graduates must possess a minimum of Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

  1. Mathematics. In the case of Candidates applying for a Marine Engineering Cadetship, and who hold a Degree in a discipline other than Engineering, this must be a minimum of Grade C3 in a Higher Level paper. 
  2. Irish or English.
  3. Any four Matriculation subjects not already selected.

AND

Candidates must have successfully completed a Bachelor Degree programme at Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications.

Electrical or Engineering Branch

Applicants must possess a minimum of Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

  1. Mathematics
  2. English or Irish
  3. Any four Matriculation subjects not already selected.

AND

Must have obtained a recognised degree i.e. a Third Level Degree awarded up to the end of 2004. With effect from 2005 have successfully completed an Honours Bachelor Degree programme at level 8 or higher of the National Framework of Qualifications in either Electrical or Electronic Engineering.
The Degree at Level 8 must be accredited with Engineers Ireland.

Applications for all categories of Cadetships are invited from person who have applied to sit for examinations in the competition year as will enable them to satisfy the minimum educational qualifications criteria as specified above.

Further information on matriculation is available on www.nui.ie. Candidates must provide documentary proof from the National University of Ireland during the selection procedure for any educational exemptions.