48 months
8784 CAD/year
8784 CAD/year
7501 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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Studying on the shores of Cape Breton Island, surrounded by the rugged coastline and open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, you get the feeling there’s no other place you should be. This is especially true for those studying the opportunity-rich sector of nautical science. It’s a natural fit. We offer a bachelor degree in Nautical Science at the Cape Breton University. 


Together with the Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC), the Bachelor of Technology (Nautical Science) is a unique program at the Cape Breton University where students focus on marine safety and environmental protection. From a career in marine engineering, navigation or even as a ship’s officer, you will learn watch-keeping, environmental response procedures and search and rescue.

Students gain hands-on experience as they learn to maneuver a variety of vessels in all types of sea and ice conditions. You will become comfortable operating numerous engineering systems aboard a real vessel. Systems include hydraulics, propulsion plant, air conditioning systems and electrical and electronic systems. There are also opportunities for using a state-of-the-art propulsion plant simulator and practical training at the CCG College and at sea.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Canadian Coast Guard skills
  • Latest in marine technology
  • Marine safety and security
  • Life-saving skills
  • Social responsibility

Programme Structure

  • Officer cadets are encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle at our multi-functional wellness centre which includes a 25-metre swimming pool, double gymnasium, modern fitness rooms and squash court, as well as lunchtime classes such as crossFit and yoga. 
  • Students often take part in community sports and clubs, such as hockey, triathlons, Cabot Trail Relay, swim meets and boat regattas.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • High school graduates who satisfy the admission requirements of their chosen program.
  • Students who transfer from another post-secondary institution and who are in good standing at that institution and who satisfy the admission requirements for their chosen program. Transfer students may be able to obtain credit in their CBU programs for courses taken elsewhere.
  • Students may also be admitted as non-traditional learners.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8784 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8784 CAD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    8784 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8784 CAD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    7501 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7501 CAD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Sydney

1080 - 1710 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Nautical Science
Cape Breton University


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