Why study Nautical Science Top Up Degree at Liverpool John Moores University?
- This programme is a 120 credit top up degree to be studied over one year, full time
- State-of-the-art teaching facilities including a full size ship's bridge simulator.
- Provides the first step towards entering shore-based careers in marine surveying, ship management, consultancy, research and maritime education
- Allows completion of Mates Certificate alongside a BSc(Hons) programme
About your course
Completing the BSc (Hons) Nautical Science Top up Degree at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to graduate as a Maritime professional to develop a career in the shore based Maritime sector. If the degree is completed alongside Mates certification, it will also allow you to return to sea in a management role.
This unique BSc (Hons) Top-up in Nautical Science can be completed by those seafarers looking to move ashore or lead to Mates qualification alongside a degree . For those on the professional route, you will need to do short courses, SQA and orals exams at additional cost to the standard degree fees.
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 a 360-degree ship's bridge simulator system and teaching from staff with extensive industrial experience.
"I am genuinely impressed at my student experience during the past two years. The course is well-structured and is managed by an extremely knowledgeable team of lecturers. The level of support has been wonderful. I have had a very positive experience as a student and I would not hesitate in recommending the course or university to others."
We have strong links with the marine industry both in the UK and overseas and work closely with the MCA and MNTB across all of our Nautical programmes.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
You will enjoy varied career opportunities both in the UK and overseas.
- You will enjoy varied career opportunities both in the UK and overseas.
- This combination of sea experience and academic qualifications, or simply the academic qualification provided by our Nautical Science Top-up degree, is in demand in many shore-based careers such as ship management, marine surveying, pilotage, marine insurance and maritime business.
- Alternatively, some of our graduates decide to further their studies on one of our postgraduate masters or research programmes
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: email@example.com.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
This module will provide you with the skills necessary to identify and demonstrate awareness of contemporary issues in the application of nautical technology.
This module will allow you to develop your knowledge, skills and general expertise in relation to a technical, operational, management, business or policy topic related to their programme of study.
Maritime Finance and Economics
The aim of the module is to develop a critical awareness of the economic environment in which ships are financed, traded and operated and to analyse a range of managerial issues in the maritime industry, with particular reference to the management of capital and the appraisal of investment.
This module will prepare you to be an effective manager within a developing maritime sector.
Professional Competence 1
The aim of this module is to evaluate current academic programmes supporting seafarer training and to prepare you for higher professional Stability qualifications.
Global Supply Chain Management and Multimodal Logistics
The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of global supply chain management from the upstream functions of procurement and operations to the downstream decision making framework for the multimodal transportation of goods.
Professional Competence 2
This module will evaluate the professional standards in seafarer training to prepare you for higher professional Navigation qualification.
Law And Insurance
This module will provide an in-depth analysis of the topics of Admiralty Law and of the modern law of Marine Insurance.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching at the University is via a combination of lectures, interactive seminars, online activities and informal small-group tutorials, accounting for approximately 10-12 hours of your weekly study time. In addition you will be expected to spend at least 20-25 hours in private study. Online learning materials can be accessed any time from our virtual learning environment, Canvas, and our library so you can study at a time and pace to suit you.
Those students completing Mates Certification alongside the degree will opt for the professional modules which incorporate SQA and orals preparation, and far more contact hours than other modules.
- The Top-up degree incorporates SQA and orals preparation for Mates level certification if that route is selected. In order to qualify for this route, applicants need the required seatime and sign off for STCW management levels content. This is usually complied with through FD or HND Certification.
- There will be additional costs for the completion of short courses by students following this route.
Support and guidance
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.
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
What you can expect from your School
This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. Here you’ll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semester, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications:
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- 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
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Is general studies acceptable? N/A
- Are AS level awards acceptable? N/A
- T Level requirements: Not applicable
- National Certificate (RQF): N/A
- National Extended Certificate: N/A
- National Diploma (RQF): N/A
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): N/A
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: N/A
- International Baccalaureate: N/A
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: N/A
Alternative qualifications considered
This is a top-up programe and therefore designed for students who have completed previous academic study in this subect area. To secure entry to the programme, students will require either:
240 credits (equivalent to levels 4 and 5) from a relevant degree programme.
A Foundtion Degree (FD(A) / FD (SC)), in a relevant subject discipline.
A HND in a relevant subject discipline.
If you have any questions regrding your eligibility, please contact the Faculty of Enginering and Technology, for more information.
Reduced Offer Scheme
As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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