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BSc (Hons) Nautical Science

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 6 semesters
Cost From £9,250 per annum

Completing the BSc (Hons) Nautical Science at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to graduate as a maritime professional to develop a career in the shore based Maritime sector or with a professionally-accredited degree plus an Officer of the Watch certificate if you chose to follow the sea going route. This will then allow you to navigate commercial vessels anywhere in the world or work in a wide variety of shore based jobs in the shipping sector.

  • Sea going route accredited by the Merchant Navy Training Board and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
  • Work-based modules can be completed over 12 months at sea.
  • State-of-the-art teaching facilities including a full size ship's bridge simulator.
  • Provides the first step towards becoming a ship's captain or entering shore-based careers in marine surveying, ship management, consultancy, research and maritime education

Moving consumer goods in containers, vehicles on car decks, or passengers on sundecks relies on the expertise and professionalism of ships’ officers to bring them safely to port, and the professionalism of shore staff to manage the fleet.

This unique BSc (Hons) Nautical Science programme can lead to qualification for a position as deck officer and eventually captain of a commercial ship. On top of your degree you will need to do further short courses, exams and time at sea to achieve Officer of the Watch and ultimately, Chief Mate and Master Mariner qualifications. The work-based modules of this course are completed at sea, working for a commercial shipping company. Should you not chose to go away to sea you will not be able to complete OOW and the work-based modules will be completed in local shipping companies or using simulator facilities within the University.

Structural components
Ship training
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
International component
Practical/Field work
Language training

ISCED Categories

Personal skills and communication
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Logistics and shipping management
Marine and maritime law
Physical and chemical oceanography
Machinery and operators
Naval engineering
Near- and offshore constructions
Maritime security
Navigation and seamanship