Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Marine Engineering) (22R)

Overview  2016


ATAR Clearly-In Rank

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.



Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

This program of study is provided for students who intend to embark on a career in the maritime industry as Marine Engineer Officers on commercial vessels. It provides the knowledge and skills required to safely manage, facilitate, and undertake operation and maintenance linked to the shipboard marine engineering systems. Course content includes marine engineering and systems, vessel structure and operations, cargo and passenger transport, vessel management, marine legislation, marine survey and shipboard safety. The program is designed to integrate with professional short courses and training at sea so that successful students will not only obtain an Advanced Diploma or bachelor degree but also an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Certificate of Competency. The program is fully compliant with the training and educational requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 2010 as amended. (The amendment took place in Manila in 2010)

Course Coordinator: Sankaramoorthy (Moorthy) Narayanasamy /

  • Year 1 - Pre Sea Engine

Course Coordinator: Mohan Anantharaman /

  • Year 2 - Engineer Watchkeeper

1. Demonstrate broad knowledge of marine engineering by:

1.1. Applying a diverse array of scientific concepts to safely operate and maintain the main propulsion system in a commercial ship.

1.2. Determining the appropriate role of auxiliary and shipboard systems in multiple contexts to ensure the safe operation of a commercial ship.

2. Solve marine engineering related problems by:

2.1. Interpreting a range of available data sources in standard- operational and emergency related scenarios on a commercial ship.

2.2. Organising regulatory appropriate responses which enable the continued safe operation of a commercial ship.

3. Practice effective leadership in marine engineering by:

3.1. Identifying how various management theories can be applied in common marine engineering roles.

3.2. Demonstrate knowledge of communication, collaboration and decision making strategies which enable safe operation of a commercial ship.

4. Demonstrate personal and professional stewardship through:

4.1. Make use of regulatory frameworks relevant to marine engineering in the international shipping industry.

4.2.   Performing all tasks in an ethical manner where the safety of persons and protection of the natural environment are of the greatest importance.

Career outcomes

The Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Marine Engineering) is the recognised pathway to becoming an AMSA certified marine engineering officer. This degree provides additional knowledge and skills that will be of benefit to students seeking a career at sea. The degree will also equip professional engineering officers with the additional knowledge and skills that they are likely to require to take up senior shore-based professional positions such as:

  • Governmental or intergovernmental regulators and organisations such as AMSA, EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency), IMO (International Maritime Organization)
  • Senior position in a shipyard
  • Technical manager in a shipping company
  • Marine superintendent or safety manager in a shipping company
  • Product, R&D, sales and service managers in companies manufacturing marine engines and equipment.
  • Surveyor in a Classification Society
  • Marine Surveyor with a Port State Control  authority such as AMSA
  • Work in Marine insurance companies
  • Maritime Education and Training, research and teaching positions

Professional Recognition

The Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Marine Engineering) is approved by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for eligibility towards the following Certificates of Competency: Engineer Watchkeeper (Trade Entrants).

Course structure

Phase 1 – Pre-sea education and training at the Newham Campus (Launceston)

Phase 2 – Shipboard Operational Experience / Work book units – Sea-time*

Phase 3 – Engineer Watchkeeper education and training at the Newnham Campus (Launceston)

*A cadetship or employment with a shipping company is required in order to complete the seatime phases of this course. Employment may be sought either before or after Year 1 (Pre Sea) studies.  For information on how to secure a cadetship, please

Entry requirements

Pre Sea Engine

Satisfactory completion of:

  • Australian Year 12 (or equivalent) with a pass in Mathematics Applied (or equivalent)
  • Australian Year 12 (or equivalent) Physics or Chemistry or a physical science subject.
  • Australian Year 10 pass in English (or equivalent)
  • Minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): 60 (or equivalent)
  • International students require IELTS of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in each band (or equivalent)

Domestic applicants who do not possess the prerequisites can undertake relevant foundation units free of charge through the University to meet the required standard.For information on how to secure a cadetship, please visit:

Engineer Watchkeeper

  • Trainee Engineer - Holds a workshop skills equivalent qualification. There are 11 relevant trades specified OR another approved qualification that includes workshop skills as specified with STCW Code Table A-III/1 column 1
  • Engineering Experience Training (for a person with a unrestricted State/Territory issued Engineer Class 3 OR Engineer Class 3 NC) as determined by the training organisation taking into account any relevant education, skills or practical experience as specified with STCW Code Table A-III/1 column 1

Advice from AMSA may be sought to establish whether your qualification qualifies for this entry pathway. AMSA's response can then be forwarded as part of your application.

If you are accepting your offer you should submit scanned copies fo all STCW short course certificates and Maritime related qualifications including your licence documents to

Students who hold a current AMSA Certificate of Safety Training (COST) or have completed any of the STCW short courses please contact the Australian Maritime College Maritime Training Administration Office as this may affect your start date.

From within Australia:    03 6324 9335 Email:

Students who have completed AdvDipAppSci(MarEng) can articulate to the BAppSci(MarEng) program offered by AMC with full credit.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Additional costs

AMSA Fees - Sea time Assessment / Oral Examination / Optional Short Courses / Sea Safety Certificate

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