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BSC Hons Nautical Science

BSC Hons Nautical Science

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


  • 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
L3 3AF