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Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Nautical Science)

University of Tasmania
3.5 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
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Program description

Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Nautical Science)

This program of study is provided for students who intend to embark on a career in the maritime industry as navigating (Deck) Officers and Masters on commercial vessels. It provides the knowledge and skills required to safely manage and operate vessels.

Course content includes navigation and vessel handling, cargo and passenger transport, vessel management, marine legislation and shipboard safety. The program is designed to integrate with professional short courses and training at sea so that successful students will not only obtain an Advanced Diploma or Bachelor Degree but also a Certificate of Competency issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

The program is fully compliant with the training and educational requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention, as amended in 2010).

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Pre Sea (Deck)

  • Fundamentals of Marine Navigation
  • Shipboard Operations I
  • Marine Communications (Signals)

At Sea units (Work Integrated Learning)

  • Shipboard Operational Experience (Deck) I
  • Shipboard Operational Experience (Deck) II
  • Shipboard Management Experience (Deck) I
  • Nautical Mathematics

Watchkeeper (Deck), Mate/Master
  • Marine Communications (Signals)
  • Marine Electronic Navigation
  • Navigational Watchkeeping
  • Nautical Mathematics
  • Marine Navigation
  • Weather Watchkeeping
  • Bridge Equipment
  • Marine Communications (Signals)
  • Nautical Mathematics
  • Marine Transportation I
  • Ship Stability and Seaworthiness
  • Shipboard Operations II

Additional Advanced Tanker short courses (not required for the award)

  • Advanced Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations
  • Advanced Liquefied Gas Tanker Cargo Operations
  • Advanced Petroleum Tanker Cargo Operations

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate broad nautical knowledge by:

  • Applying assorted navigation concepts to safely plan and conduct a voyage.
  • Applying principles of cargo handling and storage on board a ship.

Assess and solve nautical problems by:

  • Interpreting a range of available data to inform decision making in standard-operational and emergency related scenarios on a commercial ship.
  • Organising responses which acknowledge stakeholders expectations and need

Practice effective leadership as an officer on a ship by:

  • Identifying relevant management theories to control the operation of a ship and care for the persons on board.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of appropriate communication, motivation, collaboration and decision making strategies which enable safe operation of a commercial ship.

Demonstrate personal and professional stewardship by:

  • Using regulatory frameworks and ethical codes relevant to ship operation in the international shipping industry.
  • Performing all tasks in an ethical manner where the safety of persons and protection of the natural environment are of the greatest importance.

Career opportunities

The Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Nautical Science) is the recognised pathway to becoming an AMSA certified deck officer. This degree provides additional knowledge and skills that will be of benefit to students seeking a career ashore. The degree will also equip professional deck officers with the additional knowledge and skills that they are likely to require to take up senior shore-based professional positions such as:

  • Senior position in a shipyard
  • Fleet manager in a shipping company
  • Crew manager / shipping agent
  • Marine superintendent or safety manager in a shipping company
  • Product, R&D, sales and service managers in companies supplying maritime equipment
  • Surveyor in a Classification Society
  • Marine Surveyor with a Port State Control authority such as AMSA
  • Work in Marine insurance companies
  • Mediators / Arbitrators
  • Maritime Education and Training, research and teaching positions

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University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania

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TAS 7001 Hobart

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