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Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science)

University of Tasmania
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4.5 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science)

Whether you are looking to embark on a career at sea or take the next step into the maritime industry, our Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) provides a gateway to many diverse and rewarding opportunities.

The Australian Maritime College’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to safely manage and operate any type of vessel in the merchant fleet. Our program integrates professional short courses and training at sea so that you will not only obtain a Bachelor’s degree, but also a Certificate of Competency issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

You will learn about navigation, vessel handling, cargo and passenger transport, vessel management, marine legislation and shipboard safety. Our program is also 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).

Course objectives

Our degree is built to prepare you for your career at sea, with unmatched training and experience, you will have the flexibility to choose your own path as a Navigating Deck Officer.In addition to developing broad and coherent nautical knowledge required to work in any position as a Navigation Officer aboard a vessel, you will acquire core skills in operational aspects, control precision, and spatial orientation.

You will also develop professional soft skills such as critical thinking, decision making, time management and effective communication. This core knowledge is designed so that you are fully equipped to work in diverse positions around the world.

Our degree is also focused on delivering genuine practical experience, with a built-in sea-time phase of your AMC seafaring qualification. Through our integrated learning structure, you will have the opportunity to directly link academic learning with its practical application in the workplace.

We prepare you for your career in the maritime industry by giving you a study experience that directly relates to where you may find a career. This is why the Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) is one of the most sought-after degrees by employers—our graduates are industry ready and prepared to overcome any career-challenges.

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

Conversion Pathway (Seafaring: 23Q & 23R)

  • Human Factors and Risk Management in Marine Navigation
  • Maritime Operations Project

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

Watchkeeper (Deck), *RAN Bridging, 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

Chief Mate Master (Deck)

  • Ship Design
  • Advanced Ship Stability
  • Advanced Marine Navigation
  • Marine Transportation II
  • Command Operations
  • Navigation Management
  • Shipping Business and Law
  • Managerial and Leadership Skills

Additional Advanced Tankers 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.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) is the recognised pathway to becoming an AMSA certified deck officer. Whether you are seeking a career ashore or senior shore-based positions, your studies at the Australian Maritime College will prepare you with a sought-after skill set and a defined understanding of the maritime industry.

Additionally, you will gain the skills and knowledge which will prepare you for diverse and rewarding careers such as:

  • Governmental or intergovernmental regulators and organisations such as AMSA, EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency), IMO (International Maritime Organisation)
  • 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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Australia has been ranked the #2 study abroad country in the world for 2020! With everything from the tranquility of the Gold Coast beaches to the adventure of the Australian Alps, take a trip “Down Under” and discover why Australia is a great choice for an exceptional study abroad experience.

Tasmania is unique and so are Tasmanians. We believe in our island. We embrace the unusual. And we love imagination.

From our vibrant cities to the stillness of our World Heritage-listed wilderness, our incredible island is a place of contrasts – and we embrace its character in everything we do.

We offer great courses in an extraordinary location, and our teaching is supported by world-leading research, so you know you’re getting direct access to the best expertise. We’re the only university in the state, which means you will get unparalleled access to industry connections through our institution’s partnerships.

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TAS 7001 Hobart

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