What will I learn?

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 an Advanced Diploma or Bachelor Degree but also a 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 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.

Assess and solve nautical problems by:

Interpreting a range of available data to inform decision making in standard-operational and emergency related scenarios on a commercial ship.
Organising responses which acknowledge stakeholders expectations and need

Practice effective leadership as an officer on a ship by:

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

Demonstrate personal and professional stewardship by:

Using 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 Advanced Diploma 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:

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

Which department am I in?

College of Sciences and Engineering



Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
A$31,500.00 (16,84,492) per year
Fee indicates per Unit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 January 2022, 13 June 2022


Launceston Campus

Newnham Drive, Newnham,



7250, LAUNCESTON, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Pre Sea Deck

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 (Tasmania only).
Australian Year 10 pass in English (or equivalent)
International students require IELTS of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in each band (or equivalent)

Watch keeper Deck

Completion of approved Pre Sea Deck training (or equivalent) including evidence of minimum of 6 months sea-time on vessels greater than or equal to 500GT on company letterhead AND evidence of completion of approved monitored on board training program. (Task and Guided Study workbooks)
International students require IELTS of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in each band (or equivalent)
Completion of Pre Sea Deck training (or equivalent) AND evidence of completion of approved monitored on board training program. (Task and Guided Study workbooks)
Completion of 36 months sea-time as per Marine Order 71.

TOEFL (iBT) 54 (no skill below: Reading 6; Listening 5; Speaking 15; Writing 16)
PTE Academic 42 with no score lower than 36
UTAS Access-English Level 5 - 60% (no individual score less than 50%)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Tasmania (UTAS)

The University of Tasmania is an excellent choice for international students with its quality education and unparalleled student life.

  • Australia’s premier university for teaching excellence
  • Teaching & research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Students can benefit from its industry connections
  • Among global top two per cent of universities