What will I learn?

Do you want to become a professional seafarer in the merchant navy, yachting or superyacht industries? You will study a three year honours programme that gives you skills sought by employers across the sector for shore-based maritime management. You can study an additional year working at sea to gain internationally recognised qualifications required to become a professional seafarer. You will gain core leadership, navigation and meteorological skills through time on ships and in our simulator.You will gain a degree that’s accredited by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, and the Merchant Navy Training Board. You will gain hands-on experience, navigating our dedicated 13 metre sail and navigation training vessel on Plymouth Sound. Once qualified and approved, you will be able to skipper her.* Lay strong foundations for a successful career in the maritime sector. Our students go on to work in a diverse range of maritime industries. Whether you aspire to be a professional navigator, a marine manager or yacht racer, the world’s oceans could literally unfold before your eyes. * Distinguish yourself with a degree that’s accredited by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, as well as the Merchant Navy Training Board.* Immerse yourself in the latest technology; we've equipped our Marine Navigation Centre with an advanced full mission ship simulator and the latest in electronic charts.* Gain hands-on experience from the outset by learning to navigate our dedicated 13 metre sail and navigation training vessel Take The Helm on Plymouth Sound. Once qualified and approved, you'll be able to skipper the vessel yourself.* Ensure you have the practical, communication and problem-solving skills employers are looking for. With a mixture of lectures, tutorials, and practical’s featuring group and individual problem-based learning; case studies; debate and critiques; oral and visual presentations; field work; and professional development planning.* Sponsored students follow an accredited pathway and will receive funding towards tuition fees and living expenses from the sponsoring company, while they study. They go to sea as trainee officers to gain practical experience from a seagoing placement year.* The accredited pathway is also open to students who are not sponsored, but still wish to follow a trajectory into professional seafaring careers. Many of these students wish to work as officers in the superyacht industry, where qualified officers are increasingly in demand.

Which department am I in?

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
Information not available

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Start date

19 September 2022

Venue

Main Site

Drake Circus,

Plymouth,

PL4 8AA, England

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
Information not available

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Start date

19 September 2022

Venue

Main Site

Drake Circus,

Plymouth,

PL4 8AA, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Any subjects are considered. General Studies is not accepted.

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

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