Careers
Do you want a maritime career; be an officer in the merchant navy, navigate superyachts, race yachts or work as an integral part of a port authority? Whatever your aspirations, we’ll make sure you get all the academic support you need to succeed – and excel – in your chosen career.

80 per cent of our graduates are in full time employment within six months of finishing their degree [DHLE Survey].

It’s testament to our hands-on course, a course that gives you invaluable real-world experience. A course that is proactive, engaging you with collaborative project work and stimulating debates. And a course that’s specifically designed with your employability at its core.

The maritime sector

The maritime sector in the UK is big; the largest in Europe, in fact. And with a turnover of £40 billion per year, it’s twice the size of our aerospace or agricultural sectors. 

Hundreds of thousands of people are employed in the UK maritime industry. The job you want is out there, and we’ll make sure you develop the perfect package of personal and professional skills to beat the competition.  

If you gain sponsorship you’ll also have the chance to spend a year working for your sponsor at sea. Alternatively build miles aboard a yacht as a non-sponsored student. You’ll get the chance to apply the skills you've learnt over the past two years to real world situations. You might even secure a position after graduation – like Tim Corthorn, who is now a Merchant Navy Deck Officer for P&O Cruises. 

“After my first year I spent part of the summer vacation at sea on board the cruise ship Oriana, where I was able to put the skills I had learnt so far into action,” says Tim. “I also spent a third year placement at sea on several different vessels, giving me the opportunity to travel the world. At the end of my degree course I was able to sit my Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) oral exam. Passing this made me eligible to hold a single watch on any size merchant ship in the world.”
“Plymouth was a great place to learn about the sea due to its rich maritime heritage and the various maritime facilities based at the University – especially the ship simulator. Our class made regular visits to ships, shipyards and cargo berths to enhance our knowledge and see the real world of ship operations.” 
Where could it lead?

Plymouth navigation and maritime science graduates are highly skilled and highly employable. You’ll find them working:
  • As  deck officers in the Merchant Navy.
  • As professional yachtsmen or women.
  • As super yacht officers.
  • In maritime management.
  • As marine surveyors.
  • With shipping companies, port or harbour authorities, and the sailing industry.