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Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) (23Q) (Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) (23Q) )

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 9 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost Around $80,000 AUD (total course)

Whether you are looking to embark on a career at sea or take the next step into the maritime industry, our Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) provides a gateway to many diverse and rewarding opportunities.

The Australian Maritime College’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to safely manage and operate any type of vessel in the merchant fleet. Our program integrates professional short courses and training at sea so that you will not only obtain a Bachelor’s degree, but also a Certificate of Competency issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

You will learn about navigation, vessel handling, cargo and passenger transport, vessel management, marine legislation and shipboard safety. Our program is also fully compliant with the training and educational requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention, as amended in 2010).

Important note: Students intending to undertake units via the NSW Tafe Newcastle location are advised to check unit availability and the 'What will I enrol in' advice below as key dates and unit availability varies by delivery location. Please note: from 2020 only Domestic students will be able to apply for and commence the course from the NSW Tafe Newcastle location.

Structural components
Ship training
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
Practical/Field work

Grant opportunities

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

For information regarding Fees for this course, please see International fees and charges.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.


Scholarships for domestic students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, including: those who have achieved high academic results, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, students with sporting ability, students undertaking overseas study, and students with a disability.

Many of the scholarships listed below are made available through generous sponsorship from our industry partners. These scholarships are specifically for AMC students however there are many other University scholarships available for which AMC students can apply.

For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

Scholarships for international students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS) website

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Learning outcomes

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) is the recognised pathway to becoming an AMSA certified deck officer. Whether you are seeking a career ashore or senior shore-based positions, your studies at the Australian Maritime College will prepare you with a sought-after skill set and a defined understanding of the maritime industry.

Additionally, you will gain the skills and knowledge which will prepare you for diverse and rewarding careers such as:

  • Governmental or intergovernmental regulators and organisations such as AMSA, EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency), IMO (International Maritime Organisation)
  • Senior position in a shipyard
  • Fleet manager in a shipping company
  • Crew manager / shipping agent
  • Marine superintendent or safety manager in a shipping company
  • Product, R&D, sales and service managers in companies supplying maritime equipment
  • Surveyor in a Classification Society
  • Marine Surveyor with a Port State Control authority such as AMSA
  • Work in Marine insurance companies
  • Mediators / Arbitrators
  • Maritime Education and Training, research and teaching positions

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) and nested Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Nautical Science) is approved by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for eligibility towards the following Certificates of Competency: Watchkeeper Deck, Mate/Master Less than 500GT, Chief Mate and Master Class 1.


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study at UTAS.

Domestic applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years)

Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. In 2019, the lowest ATAR to receive an offer into this course was 51.85. The lowest ATAR to receive an offer may change from year to year based on the number of applications we receive.

Applicants who have recently completed senior secondary studies but have not received an ATAR may still be eligible for admission. We will consider your study plan and subject results on a case-by-case basis when we assess your application.

To be eligible for an offer, you must have satisfactory achievement in the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subjects (or equivalent):

  • General Mathematics (MTG315115); and
  • Chemistry (CHM415115) or Physics (PHY415115)

If you have not met this prerequisite, you will need to complete a UTAS foundation unit before you start your course.

All other domestic applicants

To be eligible for an offer, you must:

  • meet the University’s General Entry Requirements based on your prior studies and experience; and
  • Have prior study or experience equivalent to a satisfactory achievement in General Mathematics (MTG315115) and one of Chemistry (CHM415115) or Physics (PHY415115) at Tasmanian Senior Secondary level. If you have not met this prerequisite, you will need to complete a UTAS Foundation Unit before you start your course.

A range of admission pathways are available to students with relevant prior studies in nautical science. These are outlined in the “Alternative entry pathways” section below.

Special consideration

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors, including economic hardship, serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

International applicants

Admissions information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.

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ISCED Categories

Project management
Personal skills and communication
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Logistics and shipping management
Marine and maritime law
Marine spatial planning