Nautical Science (BSc Honours) (Level 8)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Nautical Science

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BSc (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course Duration:

1 year (3 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

The entry requirement for this 3 Semester add-on Honours Degree programme is a Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science, or the Officer of the Watch (Deck) qualification with appropriate bridging studies to equate to the BSc in Nautical Science, or The Naval Watchkeeping Certificate issued by the Irish Naval Service with appropriate bridging subjects to equate to the BSc in Nautical Science. (Semesters 1 & 2 fulfil the course requirements for the Chief Mate/Master D.O.T written examinations).


National Maritime College

On successful completion of this programme the learner will be able to demonstrate:

  • A comprehensive knowledge of the theory, concepts and methods pertaining to navigation, ship operations, management in a maritime context and transport by sea.
  • The ability to acquire knowledge through research, critical thinking and to solve marine and ship operation related problems.
  • The ability to specify and use appropriate techniques, skills and tools to conduct the safe operation of ships and to mangage a variety of maritime operations.
  • The ability to manage, evaluate and critically analyse complex navigational and operational situations and to exercise appropriate and autonomous judgment in such functions.
  • The ability to identify, formulate and use problem solving skills in a professional, accountable and creative manner in a wide range of maritime contexts.
  • The ability to work autonomously and as a member of a multidicipinary team and to take a leadership role within complex teams.
  • The ability to manage his/her learning needs at the personal and professional level and to aticulate and defend the need for continuous learning.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the wider social, business and environmental issues within which the nautical profession operates and the need for ethical standards including the responsibilities towards people and the environment.

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nautical Science

Career prospects are excellent. There is always a need for high quality personnel. At present, there is a shortage of junior ships’ officers and there is an expectation that those starting now should rise quickly to senior positions.


A career at sea does not mean a lifetime at sea. Positions ashore include harbour masters, pilots in the major ports of the world, marine equipment producers/suppliers, marine law and insurance, ship classification societies, marine and ship surveying with the Department of Transport (and its equivalent in other countries) who monitor shipping using its ports and territorial waters, management, cargo handling, training and education.


While many of the career opportunities mentioned above are usually dependant on the applicant having a Master Mariner Certificate of Competency, those with an Honours degree, in addition, will have more attractive employment prospects in these areas.

For information about how to apply for the BSc (Honours) in Nautical Science, please contact:


Capt Sinéad Reen,
Head of Department of Maritime Studies,
National Maritime College of Ireland,
Co. Cork.
P43 XV65

T: +353 (0) 21 4335612
F: +353 (0) 21 4335696

Capt. Sinéad Reen, Head of Department of Maritime Studies, National Maritime College of Ireland
353 (0) 21 4335612

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