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Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science)

University of Tasmania (UTAS)

Course details

CRICOS course code: 077531C

Level of study: Undergraduate


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 and Advanced Diploma or Bachelor degree but also 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 Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention, as amended in 2010).

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate broad and coherent 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 at the management level.

Assess and solve nautical problems by:

Analysing, interpreting and evaluating a range of available data to inform decision making in standard-operational and emergency related scenarios on a commercial ship.
Implementing responses which acknowledge stakeholders expectations and needs.

Practice effective leadership as a master of a ship by:

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

Demonstrate personal and professional stewardship through:

Locating and adhering to 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 outcomes

The Bachelor 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:

  • Governmental or intergovernmental regulators and organisations such as AMSA, EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency), IMO (International Maritime Organization)
  • 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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Key Information

Tuition Fees (AUD$): Please contact the provider
Start date: Expected July 2023
Study mode: Full time
Duration: 4.5 Years

Launceston Campus

Newnham Drive, Newnham
Launceston Tasmania 7250
Tuition Fees (AUD$): Please contact the provider
Start date: Expected July 2023
Study mode: Self study / online (without attendance)
Duration: 4.5 Years

University of Tasmania

Hobart Campus
Churchill Avenue Hobart Tasmania 7005

Entry criteria

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

Most of our undergraduate programs have the following English language requirements.

IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 (no individual band less than 5.5)

TOEFL (iBT) 72 (no skill below: Reading 10; Listening 9; Speaking 16; Writing 19)

PTE Academic 50 with no score lower than 42

UTAS Access-English Level 6 - 60% (no individual score less than 55%)

Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) - B Grade

Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) - C Grade

Cambridge BEC (Business English Certificate) Higher - C Grade

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University of Tasmania
Hobart Campus
Churchill Avenue Hobart Tasmania 7005