Singapore citizens can take advantage of up to 70% funding to study a Sustainable Maritime Operations degree thanks to the MPA Singapore’s Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF)Training Grant.

Valid for the year 2022, the funding is open to applications from new students, existing students and those that have graduated less than a year ago.

The information below will tell you everything you need to know, from finding out if you are eligible to how to apply and which degrees are certifiable through this scheme.

Am I eligible for the MCF Training Grant?

To qualify for the MCF Training Grant you must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident for the duration of your studies.

You can check your eligibility by using the MPA Singapore’s online Self-Assessment Checklist here.


Which MLA College degree programmes and certifiable through this scheme?

The degree programmes that are on the approved list of certifiable courses are:

BSc / BSc (Hons) Sustainable Maritime Operations

MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations


Can you tell me the eligibility criteria for these programmes?

As part of the admissions process we look at previously achieved qualifications and/or relevant industry work experience.

Students are admitted to the BSc / BSc (Hons) Sustainable Maritime Operations if they have the equivalent of a UK Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma (Polytechnic Advanced Diploma) or equivalent level. If a lower or no qualification is presentable students can still apply on the basis of relevant work experience. We would be looking for a minimum of two-three years experience. Certificate of Competencies are also taken into account.

Students are admitted to the MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations if they have the equivalent of a UK Bachelor Degree (Singapore Bachelor Degree) or relevant work experience (for example Master Mariner).

Applicants with no maritime related qualifications and/or work experience may still be eligible to apply. A personal statement clearly explaining the motivation for applying to study Sustainable Maritime Operations (e.g. career change) must be submitted with the application. Applicants accepted to the programme via this route will be required to undertake an eight-week Sustainable Maritime Operations Access Course (SMOAC) before starting their programme

You can view the full entry requirements here.


How do I apply for the degree programme?

You can apply by completing the online application form.


What documents will I need in order to apply?

To complete an application we will need the following attached to your application form:

  • A copy of your CV
  • Copies of academic qualification certificates and / or transcripts
  • A suitable English language certificate, for example an IELTS or Singapore / Cambridge O or N Level
  • A copy of your passport (photo page only)
  • A 2-300 word personal statement explaining your motivation for wanting to join the programme. You may find our guidance document helpful.

Once your application has been submitted you will be contacted by a member of the Student Recruitment Team.


What happens if I don’t have all the documents needed, can I still apply?

Yes, you can submit a partially completed application and submit further documents at a later date. You can do this by adding them to your application, or by emailing


I don’t have a suitable English language certificate, can I still apply?

Yes. We will need certification prior to you starting the degree programme, however we will discuss your options as part of the application process.


I’ve received an offer letter from MLA College when can I start my degree?

We have three terms starting per year; January, May and September.


At what stage can I apply for the MCF Training Grant and how do I apply?

As soon as you have received an offer letter from us you can apply to the MPA Singapore for their MCF Training Grant. You will need to contact them directly:


Tel: 1800 272 7777 (select option 4)


I am already a student and didn’t know about this funding, can I still apply to the MPA Singapore?

Yes, you can apply anytime up until a year after graduating. You can use the checklist above to check your eligibility or contact the MPA Singapore directly.

We hope this has provided everything you need to know, however please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions by emailing

Alternatively, apply now.