Diploma in Nautical Science

The Diploma in Nautical Science is a 4-5 year program with more than 3000 guided learning hours. Instruction includes lectures, study periods and project work, as well as an integrated sea phase (further split into sub-sea phases). This qualification provides graduates with knowledge in both Deck Officer of the Watch and Chief Mates Certificates of competency as required under STCW-78.

Whilst at NMA, students will also complete mandatory Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) additional short courses that are required for the Transport General Authority (TGA) Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) award of a relevant certificate of competency.

Sea phases consist of accrual of sea service and completion of all tasks in the Training Record Book. Practical skills are tested onboard and authorised ship staff assess progress. A company-designated Shipboard Training Officer supervises onboard training.

Entry Requirements

Academic Qualification

High School Graduate- Scientific with 80% aggregate


18-24 Years

English Language

Minimum IELTS academic band 4.5 or equivalent


 Minimum 70%

Placement test

All applicants are required to pass an  NMA placement test, which will be conducted prior to confirmation of placement

Medical Fitness

Medical Fitness to MCA and TGA requirements