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Bachelor in de Nautische Wetenschappen (Bachelor in Nautical Sciences )

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 6 semesters
Cost 1000 USD/year for Belgian citizen, 7500 USD/year for foreigners

The three year bachelor in nautical sciences curriculum offer the student an expertise in navigation and means of navigation, ship management and shipboard operations, applied sciences, economy and management, social sciences and languages as well as on-board trainings and a bachelor thesis.

Curriculum Academic Bachelor – STCW Operational Level (Year 1 + 2 + 3)

  • Navigation and means of navigation
    Nautical instruments – Terrestrial navigation – Celestial navigation – Chart work – Regulations – Manoeuvres – Meteorology and oceanography – Radar navigation – ECDIS/AIS – Maritime Resource Management
  • Ship management and shipboard operations
    Seamanship – Cargo handling – Stability – Ship safety – Firefighting – Maritime ecology – GMDSS & SAR –ISPS & ISM– Ship administration and international conventions – Tanker familiarisation – Fast Rescue Boat (optional) – Special ship types: dredging, offshore, roro (optional)
  • Applied sciences
    Electricity – Electronics – Ship construction –Propulsion – Thermodynamics
  • Economy and management
    Economy – Law – Maritime law – Enterprise and maritime economics
  • Exact sciences and computer science
    Mathematics – Chemistry – Physics – Computer science (fac.)
  • Social sciences and languages
    Maritime English – Psychology – Maritime medicine – Maritime French and Dutch (fac.) – Maritime Spanish (optional) – General and intercultural communication (optional)

         + on-board training and Bachelor thesis


Structural components
Ship training
Industry partners
Practical/Field work
Language training

ISCED Categories

Project management
Personal skills and communication
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Logistics and shipping management
Marine and maritime law
Environmental protection technology
Machinery and operators
Naval engineering
Marine spatial planning
Maritime security
Navigation and seamanship