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This program of study in Applied Science (Nautical Science) at University of Tasmania 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. 


The Applied Science (Nautical Science) program at University of Tasmania 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). 

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


    Course accredited by: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • More details: We recommend that students living overseas apply at least 3 months prior to semester start date and on-shore students no less than one month prior.
    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 54 months
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus
    • More information Go to the programme website

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Fundamentals of Marine Navigation 
    • Shipboard Operations 
    • Marine Electronic Navigation 
    • Navigational Watchkeeping 
    • Marine Transportation 
    • Ship Stability and Seaworthiness 

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:


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    General Requirements

    Satisfactory completion of:

    • Australian Year 12 (or equivalent) with a pass in Mathematics Applied (or equivalent)
    • Australian Year 12 (or equivalent) Physics or Chemistry or a Physical science subject.
    • Australian Year 10 pass in English (or equivalent)
    • Minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): 60 (or equivalent)
    • International students require IELTS of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band (or equivalent)
    CRICOS: 077531C

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      31500 AUD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 31500 AUD per year and a duration of 54 months.
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