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Certificate of Competency and other Maritime courses

LJMU Maritime Centre

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Liverpool John Moores University’s Maritime Centre aims to provide the best possible maritime education and training for all sectors of the maritime industry.

Short overviews of the courses can be found below. Find out more about the courses and book online.

Certificate of Competency and other Maritime courses at LJMU Maritime Centre:

Certificate in Nautical Science / OOW Unlimited (STCW II/I)

Duration: 10 Months – intakes are in January, May and September each year

Prerequisites:

  • Experienced seafarer route - 36 months seatime with seagoing 6 months engaged in bridge watchkeeping duties
  • Medical fitness Certificate (ENG1 or equivalent) including eyesight requirements
  • International Applicants should hold a UKVI approved English Language Qualification (equivalent to IELTS 5.5 average)

Accreditation/Approval: Merchant Navy Training Board, Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Course description: The program consists of Academic Modules and Additional Components.

The academic components (approved by MCA) include the following topics: 

  • Bridge Watchkeeping
  • Chart-work and Tides 
  • Maritime Management and Law
  • Meteorology
  • Passage Planning
  • Practical Navigation
  • Shipboard Operations
  • Ship Construction
  • Ship Stability 

To obtain a STCW Officer of the Watch certificate students require additional short courses and an SQA examination. These are integrated into this programme of study and include:

  • External SQA examinations for Navigation and Stability & Operations 
  • MCA Oral examination preparation
  • MCA Signals examination
  • The mandatory short courses scheduled into the course are:
  1. NAEST (O)
  2. HELM (O)
  3. Efficient Deck Hand

Additional mandatory courses not normally scheduled into the programme are:

  1. PSCRB
  2. GMDSS GOC
  3. HELM (O)
  4. Medical First Aid
  5. Advanced Fire Fighting

Students are normally advised to get these course certificates in advance of starting their programme. All except PSCRB are available in Liverpool.

After successful completion of the programme you will be awarded the following qualifications:

  1. Cert HE in Nautical Science – issued by LJMU
  2. Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency (STCW Reg II/I) obtainable directly from the MCA after completion of all pre-requisite courses and MCA oral exam.
  3. STCW Certificates for short courses attended

For further information or application for admission to this programme, please contact:

Admissions Team, Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Room 210, James Parsons Building
Byrom Street
Liverpool
UK
L3 3AF
Email: FETAdmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Diploma in Nautical Science Chief Mate Unlimited / Master Unlimited  (STCW II/2)

Duration: 10 Months – intakes are in January, May and September each year

Prerequisites:

  • Valid OOW STCW II/1 Certificate of Competency;
  • 12 months’ watchkeeping service while holding an OOW unlimited CoC;
  • Medical fitness Certificate (ENG1 or equivalent) including eyesight requirements
  • International Applicants should hold a UKVI approved English Language Qualification (equivalent to IELTS 5.5 average)

Accreditation/Approval: Merchant Navy Training Board, Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Course description: The program consists of Academic Modules and Additional Components. It builds on the academic study completed at OOW.

The academic components (approved by MCA) include the following topics: 

  • Bridge Management
  • Marine Engineering and Structures
  • Navigation and Meteorology
  • Shipboard Business and Management
  • Shipboard Operations and Stability

To obtain a STCW chief mate certificate students require additional short courses, an SQA written examination as well as an MCA oral examination. The following are integrated into this programme of study and include 

  • External examinations for Navigation and Stability;
  • MCA Oral examination;
  • The mandatory short courses include:
  1. Navigation Equipment & Simulation Training (Management level) - NAEST (M) (students should note there are additional prerequisites for NAEST (M)  -see NAEST (M) details above. An ECDIS course can be scheduled if required))
  2. Human Element Leadership & Management (Management level) – HELM (M)
Additional mandatory courses not normally scheduled into the programme are:

  • Medical Care Onboard Ship (available in Liverpool)

Students are advised to complete the Medical Care course in advance of starting the programme if practicable.

After successful completion of the programme you will be awarded the following qualifications:

  1. Diploma HE in Nautical Science – issued by LJMU. (Note, there is a pathway to BSc (hons) Nautical Science top-up degree - see below)
  2. Chief Mate Certificate of Competency (STCW Reg II/I) obtainable directly from the MCA after completion of all pre-requisite courses and MCA oral exam
  3. STCW Certificates for short courses completed

For further information or application for admission to this programme, please contact:

Admissions Team, Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Room 210, James Parsons Building
Byrom Street
Liverpool
UK
L3 3AF
Email: FETAdmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

BSc (Hons) Nautical Science (Top-up degree)

Duration: Full-Time, 1 academic year

Prerequisites: 

  • MNTB approved FDSc Nautical Science or equivalent
Or 

  • MCA approved HND Nautical Science or equivalent, plus prior completion of a short distance learning academic writing course (available at no charge once application received)

International Applicants should hold a UKVI approved English Language Qualification (equivalent to IELTS 5.5 average).

Course description: The general aim of the Nautical Science programme is to develop students as independent learners and for a career in ship management, shipbroking, marine surveying and other areas of maritime industry. In one academic year, the students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes which collectively represents the demands of the industry.

For further information or application for admission to this programme, please contact:

Admissions Team, Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Room 210, James Parsons Building
Byrom Street
Liverpool
UK
L3 3AF
Email: FETAdmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

BSc (Hons) Nautical Science

Duration: Full-Time, 3 academic years, takes 4 calendar years with 12 months integrated seatime and short courses

Prerequisites: 

  • GCSE (or 'O' Level) Mathematics (grade B or above), Science and English Language grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Medical fitness Certificate (ENG1 or equivalent) including eyesight requirements
  • International Applicants should hold a UKVI approved English Language Qualification (equivalent to IELTS 5.5 average)

Accreditation/Approval: Merchant Navy Training Board, Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Course description: The general aim of the Nautical Science programme is to develop students as independent learners and for a career as a Merchant Navy Deck Officer or in the Shipping Industry ashore. The students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes which collectively represents the demands of the industry.

Completing the BSc (Hons) Nautical Science at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to graduate as a maritime professional to develop a career in the shore based Maritime sector or with a professionally-accredited degree plus an Officer of the Watch certificate if you chose to follow the sea going route.

The programme is designed to meet the requirements for an STCW Deck Officer OOW certificate in addition to obtaining a degree. It is offered in full time mode (1 year per level of 120 credits), with each starting in September. 

The credits include Work-Based Learning modules which are provided at Level 4 (20 credits) and Level 5 (20 credits). The level 4 module is taken by all students and may be in any maritime area. Students completing the shore based pathway will complete WBL at level four but this is optional at level 5. 

Those students following the sea going route and professional qualification to OOW will take a year out between level 5 and level 6 to complete industrial training, short courses and OOW certificate. It should be noted that students need to obtain an employer or sponsor for the OOW programme who will provide the position on board ship to allow for the completion of the total of 12 months industrial training.

For further information or application for admission to this programme, please contact:

Admissions Team, Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Room 210, James Parsons Building
Byrom Street
Liverpool
UK
L3 3AF
Email: FETAdmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Foundation (FDSC) Marine Operations

Duration: Full-Time, 3 Years including 12 months at sea

Prerequisites:

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English
  • Medical fitness Certificate (ENG1 or equivalent) including eyesight requirements
  • International Applicants should hold a UKVI approved English Language Qualification (equivalent to IELTS 5.5 average)

Accreditation/Approval: Merchant Navy Training Board, Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Course description: Completing the FdSc Marine Operations at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to graduate as a maritime professional with a professionally-accredited degree plus an MCA Officer of the Watch certificate. This will then allow you to navigate commercial vessels anywhere in the world or work in a wide variety of shore based jobs in the shipping sector.

Upon completion of this course, candidates will be able to:

  • Achieve Foundation Degree accredited by the Merchant Navy Training Board and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
  • Gain sea service required for the OOW CoC by spending 12 months at sea to complete work-based modules.
  • If desired, progress to BSc (Hons).

In essence, this course provides the first step towards becoming a ship's captain or entering shore-based careers in marine surveying, ship management, consultancy, research and maritime education.

For further information or application for admission to this programme, please contact:

Admissions Team, Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Room 210, James Parsons Building
Byrom Street
Liverpool
UK
L3 3AF
Email: FETAdmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Masters level courses

LJMU’s MSc courses are founded upon strong links with industry, both in the UK and around the world. Liverpool John Moores University is also home to the world-famous Maritime Training Centre and is an international centre of excellence, helping ensure the degree meets employers' demands for skilled professionals. 

Salient features of LJMU’s maritime courses are:

  • Courses are available to study full time (1 year) 
  • Study at one of the UK’s leading Maritime Schools
  • Excellent potential for roles such as consultants, managerial positions in shipping companies and the marine insurance industry, ship broking and ship management

Currently, the following MSc programmes are available:

MSc International Transport, Trade and Logistics
MSc Marine and Offshore Engineering
MSc Maritime Operations Management

MSc programmes normally require a class 2/2 honours degree for entry, but holders with a Master Mariner certificates can be admitted direct onto MSc Maritime Operations Management. Similarly holders of a Chief Engineers certificate can be admitted onto MSc Marine and Offshore Engineering

For further information or application for admission to any of the above programmes, please contact:

Admissions Team, Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Room 210, James Parsons Building
Byrom Street
Liverpool
UK
L3 3AF
Email: FETAdmissions@ljmu.ac.uk