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BSc (Hons) Nautical Science

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International full-time per year
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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Why study Nautical Science 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

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.

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.

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."
Robert Bellis, graduate

Professional accreditation/links

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

Additional costs

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.

  • 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

A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. 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.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. 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 Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

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: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Level 6

Core modules

Nautical Technology
20 credits

This module will provide you with the skills necessary to identify and demonstrate awareness of contemporary issues in the application of nautical technology.

40 credits

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.

Optional modules

Maritime Finance and Economics
20 credits

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.

Nautical Management
20 credits

This module will prepare you to be an effective manager within a developing maritime sector.

Professional Competence 1
20 credits

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
20 credits

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
20 credits

This module will evaluate the professional standards in seafarer training to prepare you for higher professional Navigation qualification.

Law and Insurance
20 credits

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.

Work-related Learning

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 sea time 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

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Where you will study

What you can expect from your School

This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMUs 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 is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.

Entry requirements

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Qualification requirements


Students with a FDSc or HND in a Nautical/Maritime related area from a UK institution. Evidence of research methods capability at level 5 will allow direct entry, but support will be offered to students to develop their research skills prior to entry, where no evidence of previous learning in this area is available. Other qualifications which are equivalent to the above, may also support admissions onto the programme. Students with the entry qualifications will be awarded 120 Level 4, and 120 Level 5 credits by RP(E)L (Recognition of Prior or Experiential Learning) based on mapping the content of the entry qualifications against standard STCW content across programmes. All applicants with a UK Chief Mate Certificate of Competence will be eligible for RP(E)L. Applicants with a UK Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competence incorporating Management level STCW content will also be eligible for RP(E)L. Students with equivalent qualifications will be mapped for RP(E)L against the Operational and Management level content of STCW as contained in the LJMU DipHE in Nautical Science, or against the LJMU BSc(Hons in Maritime Business Management

International requirements

  • Other international requirements

    Where English is not the applicant's first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent within the two years prior to applying for the programme.

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

UCAS is the official application route for our full-time undergraduate courses. Further information on the UCAS application process can be found here https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-students/how-to-apply.

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.