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.