Navigation and maritime science

Why Plymouth?

  • < Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Merchant Navy Training Board, accredited degrees
  • 'State-of-the-art facilities: Marine Navigation Centre
  • ( Benefit from the University’s own 44ft sail training vessel, ‘Take The Helm’, a Dufor 445 yacht
  • A Pursue a career as a Professional Yachtsman, Merchant Navy officer, Super Yacht officer
  • 6 Lead in the sector of maritime management

Which course?

Navigation and maritime science is an exciting degree designed for students who wish to pursue a career as an Officer of the Watch, shore based maritime career, or develop a career in professional yachting.

This course offers a pathway to the professional ‘Officer of the watch’ qualification and the opportunity to explore the business, legal issues and mission critical tasks required for many shore and sea based navigation and maritime roles. In the 3rd year, students can undertake a placement with a relevant shoreside industry or if they are sponsored go to sea. In the final year, a project allows students to explore specific areas of interest in greater depth and helps to increase employability in their chosen fields.

This course provides the opportunity to work towards a professional ‘Officer of the watch’ qualification as well as laying strong foundations for a successful career in the maritime sector. The course prepares those students who are sponsored to experience life at sea for a year as trainee officers, to gain practical experience from a seagoing placement.

Attend an open day

"I attended open days at four other universities and Plymouth won on location, facilities, and the friendliness of staff."
James Hawkins, BSc (Hons) Computer Science graduate.

Find out more and book your place.

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Athena SWAN Bronze

The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics was awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze award in October 2020 which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to advancing gender equality and success for all.