We use cookies to ensure the best user experience and to serve tailored advertising. To learn more about our cookies and how to manage them, please visit our cookie policy

Close icon

Personalise what you see on this page.

Choose from the options below. We'll show you information based on your current location as default.


  • United States
Please select so we can show the most relevant content.


  • United States
Please select so we can show the most relevant content.


  • Undergraduate courses
Please select so we can show the most relevant content.
Viewing as a student from United States living in United States interested in Undergraduate courses

Navigation and Maritime Science BSc (Hons)

University of Plymouth

Add to favourites

Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Do you want to become a professional seafarer in the merchant navy, yachting or superyacht industries? You will study a three year honours programme that gives you skills sought by employers across the sector for shore-based maritime management. You can study an additional year working at sea to gain internationally recognised qualifications required to become a professional seafarer. You will gain core leadership, navigation and meteorological skills through time on ships and in our simulator.You will gain a degree that’s accredited by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, and the Merchant Navy Training Board. You will gain hands-on experience, navigating our dedicated 13 metre sail and navigation training vessel on Plymouth Sound. Once qualified and approved, you will be able to skipper her.* Lay strong foundations for a successful career in the maritime sector. Our students go on to work in a diverse range of maritime industries. Whether you aspire to be a professional navigator, a marine manager or yacht racer, the world’s oceans could literally unfold before your eyes. * Distinguish yourself with a degree that’s accredited by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, as well as the Merchant Navy Training Board.* Immerse yourself in the latest technology; we've equipped our Marine Navigation Centre with an advanced full mission ship simulator and the latest in electronic charts.* Gain hands-on experience from the outset by learning to navigate our dedicated 13 metre sail and navigation training vessel Take The Helm on Plymouth Sound. Once qualified and approved, you'll be able to skipper the vessel yourself.* Ensure you have the practical, communication and problem-solving skills employers are looking for. With a mixture of lectures, tutorials, and practical’s featuring group and individual problem-based learning; case studies; debate and critiques; oral and visual presentations; field work; and professional development planning.* Sponsored students follow an accredited pathway and will receive funding towards tuition fees and living expenses from the sponsoring company, while they study. They go to sea as trainee officers to gain practical experience from a seagoing placement year.* The accredited pathway is also open to students who are not sponsored, but still wish to follow a trajectory into professional seafaring careers. Many of these students wish to work as officers in the superyacht industry, where qualified officers are increasingly in demand.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

University information

University of Plymouth

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, England

The university has a thriving international community, with over 2,500 students from more than 100 countries, and 80 partnerships in over 30 countries.
A dedicated international student advice team provides specialist support to international students, helping them settle into UK life.
The university is renowned for its world-leading research, especially in the fields of marine and maritime, health technologies and sustainability.

Subject rankings

Is this page useful?

Yes No

Sorry about that...



Thanks for your feedback!