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Maritime Sciences (Top-Up)

2 years part-time
Southampton City Centre
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This highly specialist top-up degree, designed and taught by industry experts and tailored to the requirements of the maritime industry, gives professional seafarers the opportunity to top up their Professional Certificate of Competency as an Officer of Watch (STCW II/I) into a full academic honours degree.

As well as providing a thorough understanding of the interrelationships and fundamental principles of the three main maritime functional areas – navigation, shipboard operations and ship management – the course also incorporates the underpinning knowledge for the Chief Mate Certificate of Competency (STCW (II/2).

During your studies you will develop the knowledge, understanding and analytical problem-solving skills to anticipate, identify and generate timely and workable solutions to a wide range of problems and issues in those three areas, through the application of theoretical knowledge, practical and professional skills and experience in the workplace.

Our student-centred focus creates a learning environment which is academically rigorous, intellectually challenging and industry-relevant – giving you the tools to think independently, evaluate and enhance your own learning, challenge existing industry practices, and address real-world issues efficiently.

Fostering personal, interpersonal and leadership skills to work effectively as an individual and part of a team, on graduation you will be well placed to take your maritime career to the next level either at sea or in a wide range of shore-based roles, covering everything from management to legal, operations to insurance.

Why choose this course?

Graduates from our Warsash Maritime School can be found throughout the maritime industry worldwide, in every role from shore-side management to senior positions at sea

Our Warsash Maritime School has over 70 years' history of maritime education, and an international reputation for quality.

The course also incorporates the underpinning knowledge for the Chief Mate Certificate of Competency (STCW (II/2).

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally suited for experienced mariners with requisite sea service who wish to enhance their understanding of the sciences associated with the wider maritime sector, and improve their career prospects for roles ashore and offshore by gaining a BSc (Hons) academic degree.

What does this course lead to?

A full honours degree can help advance your career in the maritime industry, with roles ranging from management, operations, finance, legal or insurance in shore-based ship management offices, to being the preferred choice for offshore roles based on your sea-going experience.

Meet the team

Students learn from a team with a broad range of industry and academic experience.

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


The NAEST (Management level) course will be delivered in our state-of-the-art simulation suites, as will some MCA Orals prep lectures and exercises.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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