|Tuition fee type||Cost (per annum)|
|Full time home/EU tuition fee:||£9,250 per annum*|
|Full time international tuition fee:||£14,000 per annum*|
*The Department for Education (DFE) have recently announced that they intend to freeze tuition fees for the 2018/19 year. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.
About your course
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 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.
- Foundation Degree accredited by the Merchant Navy Training Board and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
- Work-based modules can be completed over 12 months at sea.
- Direct progression to BSc(Hons) possible on completion of level of level 5.
- State-of-the-art teaching facilities including a full size ship's bridge simulator.
- 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.
The course isn't a usual university course, instead of going on summer break you are sent to sea to travel round the world on various ships. From cruise ships to oil tankers. I've loved my time at LJMU and with the immense support from the lecturers and staff in the maritime department I believe I will achieve the best possible marks.
Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.
- This will translate your academic studies into essential professional experience.
- Work-related learning makes up a significant proportion of your studies, you will be away at sea for a total of 12 months throughout the three years of your course. This is an invaluable opportunity to really experience life at sea over a long period and practice the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom.
- To complete the OOW, you will need to secure sponsorship from a UK-based company (if you are a UK resident) before the end of the first year. This will then cover all your fees and expenses and even a small salary while at sea. If you are a non-UK student, you are expected to find your own sea time provider.
There will be additional costs for the completion of short courses by students who do not have sponsorship.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.
- Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.
- While you are based at the university, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide one-to-one support and guidance. As well as discussing day-to-day course-related issues with you, they will help you to monitor your progress and start planning for your future career. The programme leader for this course will also advise UK residents on obtaining UK sponsorship and help you to find a suitable sea provider with which to complete your work experience.
Could you navigate, or even command, one of the world’s 50,000 merchant ships? Could you be responsible for the safe passage of an oil tanker or bulk carrier with over 500,000 tonnes of cargo? Or could you ensure the safe passage of a prestigious passenger ship with 5,000 people onboard?
Moving consumer goods in containers, vehicles on car decks, or passengers on sundecks relies on the expertise and professionalism of ships' officers to bring them safely to port, and the professionalism of shore staff to manage the fleet.
This Foundation Degree in Marine Operations can lead to qualification for a position as deck officer and eventually captain of a commercial ship. On top of your degree you will need to do further short courses, exams and time at sea to achieve Officer of the Watch and ultimately, Chief Mate and Master Mariner qualifications. The work-based modules of this course are completed at sea working for a commercial shipping company. Should you not chose to go away to sea you will not be able to complete OOW and the work-based modules will be completed in local shipping companies or using simulator facilities within the University.
Successfully completing the Foundation Degree is the fastest way to obtain the Officer of the Watch (OOW) certificate but you can 'top up' your FdSc to a full BSc (Hons) by continuing your studies for a further nine months on our BSc (Hons) Nautical Science degree.
We have a proud tradition of teaching maritime and nautical studies at LJMU, having originally provided courses as Liverpool Nautical College. However this course is firmly focused on the present and future needs of the industry with its state-of-the-art facilities, including the UK's only 360-degree ship's bridge simulator system and teaching from staff with extensive industrial experience.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Skills Development
- Shipboard Operations
- Maritime Law
- Bridge Operations
- Shipping Practice
- Research Planning
- Shipboard Operations
- Maritime Law
- Professional Practice
- Ship Technology
- Shipping Practice
Non Sea Going Core Modules
- Research Planning
- Shipboard Operations
- Maritime Law
Non-Sea going Option Modules
- Shipbroking and Chartering
- Business Organisation Awareness
- Professional Practice
- Ship Technology
- Quantitative Methods
- Logistics and Material
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.Programme specification document (PDF)
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources.
Teaching at the University is via a combination of lectures, interactive seminars and informal small-group tutorials, accounting for approximately 14-15 hours of your weekly study time. In addition you will be expected to spend at least 30-35 hours in private study. Online learning materials can be accessed any time from our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, and our library so you can study at a time and pace to suit you.
Work-based learning modules are completed at sea for three to four months in Level 4 and then for seven to eight months in Level 5. There will be a three-month course to prepare you for the OOW exam on completion of Level 5.
Expert tuition and support.
Based in the former Liverpool Nautical College with its 120-year history and international reputation, your tutors are a team of marine and transport experts with extensive industrial experience. They are also highly committed to your educational and personal development and will help you work towards becoming the very best in your discipline.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
Each module is individually assessed, either by exam and coursework or just coursework, depending on the subject. The more practical the module, the more likely it is that you will be continually assessed throughout the year. You will receive marks for each piece of work, as well as constructive feedback via Canvas, face-to-face or as written comments. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
The Officer of the Watch qualification and the associated additional short courses are examined separately and will take additional time to complete.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications
GCSE and equivalents
- 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
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 1
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: CCD
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: DD if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMM if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, you require 88 UCAS points including a minimum of 15 Distinctions and 9 Merits required
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 88 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
NoIs RPL accepted on this programme? International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Finance and fees
Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.
Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).
LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.
The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.
LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.
In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
*Subject to parliamentary approval.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.
You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.
You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.
For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
- UK field trips and other educational visits
- student exchanges
- DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
Living expenses (maintenance) loan
In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.
The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.
The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance
Paying back your student loans
You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.
*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
On successful completion of this foundation degree programme in Marine Operations, in addition to professional short courses and 12 months’ experience at sea, you will be awarded the Department of Transport Officer of the Watch (OOW) certificate.
- You will enjoy varied career opportunities both in the UK and overseas
- On successful completion of this degree programme in addition to professional short courses and 12 months experience at sea, you will be awarded the Department of Transport Officer of the Watch (OOW) certificate. This is the minimum international qualification to work as a deck officer in charge of the navigational watch on a commercial vessel anywhere in the world
- Further study and time at sea will earn you the Chief Mate and Master Mariner certificate leading to the top position as ship's captain. Salaries are very generous and often tax-free and most deck officers enjoy a day's leave for every day at sea
- This combination of sea experience and academic qualifications, or simply the academic qualification provided by our Marine Operations degree, is also in demand in many shore-based careers such as ship management, marine surveying, pilotage, marine insurance and maritime business
All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.
The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.
Professional accreditation / links
This course is accredited by the Merchant Navy Training Board and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as meeting the international and UK standards for Deck Officer training, qualifying you to navigate ships anywhere in the world.
We have strong links with the marine industry both in the UK and overseas. These companies provide invaluable student sponsorship and opportunities for work-based training at sea which is a significant element of the course.
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.
LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.
International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes
LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.
For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Tuition fee deposits
International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.
When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.
We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes