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    Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) [23Q]
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    Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) [23Q]

    University of Tasmania

    University of Tasmania


    Australia, Hobart

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    Next Intake Deadlines5-Feb-2024
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    Duration 4 year(s)
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    Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) [23Q]


    Whether you're looking to embark on a career at sea or take the next step into the maritime industry, an Ocean Seafaring degree is the gateway to working aboard vessels around the globe.

    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).

    Important note: Students intending to undertake units via the NSW Tafe Newcastle location are advised to check unit availability and the 'What will I enrol in' advice below as key dates and unit availability varies by delivery location. Domestic students will be able to apply for and commence the third year of the course from the NSW TAFE Newcastle location, as well as in Tasmania.

    Course Coordinator:

    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.


    Entry Requirements

    All international students will need to meet the minimum English Language Requirements, University General Entry Requirements and any course specific requirements such as pre-requisite subjects, if applicable.

    English Language Requirements

    This degree requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0, with no individual band less than 5.5, or a PTE Academic score of 50, with no score lower than 42 or equivalent.

    For students who do not meet the English Language Requirement through citizenship or prior studies in English in an approved country, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last 2 years must be provided. See the English Language Requirements page for more information.

    General Entry Requirements

    Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Tasmania requires the completion of qualifications equivalent to a 12th year of education in Australia.

    Please review the equivalent undergraduate entry requirements to see the minimum requirement relevant to your country. The ATAR information for this course is located in the “For Domestic Students” section of the entry requirements on this page.

    You can also meet the General Entry Requirement for this course with the following qualifications or prior studies:

    • Completion of an equivalent AQF Certificate IV or above
    • Complete or incomplete (minimum 25 credit points) of previous tertiary study at Bachelor level or higher

    If you do not meet the minimum requirements, we offer the Foundation Studies Program.

    Course Specific Requirements

    The following course specific requirements must be met to be eligible to study this degree.

    To be an eligible for an offer, you must have studies or experience equivalent to a satisfactory achievement in the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subjects:

    • General Mathematics (MTG315115) or equivalent; and
    • Physical Sciences (PSC315109) or equivalent (equivalency includes CHM415115 Chemistry OR PHY415115 Physics)

    If you have not met a required pre-requisite, you will need to complete a University of Tasmania Foundation Studies Program before you start your course.

    Students who have not yet arranged their employment for the sea-time component of the course will usually commence in the Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Nautical Science) and transfer to the Bachelor at a later date with full credit.

    A range of admission pathways are available to students with relevant prior studies in nautical science. These are outlined in the “Alternative entry pathways” section on this page.

    English Program Requirements

    • All methods of meeting University of Tasmania English language requirements have a validity period of 2 years unless involving a country specific qualification as listed below.
    • Each course offered by the University of Tasmania has a minimum English language requirement for entry as listed below. Applicants must also meet the academic entry requirements for each course.
    • Applicants who qualify from a University of Tasmania program, and intend to gain professional registration to become a practitioner in Australia, may need to meet the relevant Professional Accrediting Agency's English language registration standard.
    • In exceptional circumstances or cases not covered by the categories outlined below, multiple forms of evidence may be considered on a case by case basis by the Executive Director, Student Operations in consultation with the Director, Academic Quality and Standards.
    • The University reserves the right to require that any applicant be required to undergo a test of English language.


    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

    Professional Recognition

    Our long-standing links with industry ensure that our courses are relevant to you as a graduate while meeting the needs of employers and the broader maritime industry. Each AMC course is informed by an Industry Advisory Committee. Membership of the advisory committee includes industry leaders, associations and past graduates.

    Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

    The Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) and nested Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Nautical Science) is approved by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for eligibility towards the following Certificates of Competency: Watchkeeper Deck, Mate/Master Less than 500GT, Chief Mate and Master Class 1.

    Fee Information

    For information regarding Fees for this course, please see International fees and charges.

    Tuition Fee

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    How to Apply

    STEP 1: Choose and research your course

    STEP 2: Prepare your documents

    STEP 3: Lodge your application

    STEP 4: Accept your offer

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