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Ocean Seafaring

Whether you’re looking to embark on a career at sea or take the next step into the maritime industry, an Ocean Seafaring degree is the gateway to working aboard vessels around the globe.

Ocean Seafarers work on large international vessels in Australian and international waters, as well as offshore vessels in the oil and gas industries. Our study options are designed to deliver globally-recognised qualifications to become Deck Officers and Marine Engineers. You’ll get hands-on learning in the best simulator facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.

Learn about university terminology and definitions in our glossary

Course Options

Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Engineering)

4 years min, 9 years max
Launceston, Online CRICOS 077530D

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science)

4.5 years min, 10 years max
Launceston, Online CRICOS 077531C

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Master of Applied Science (Specialisation)

1.5 years min, 4 years max

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Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Specialisation)

1 years min, 3 years max

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Graduate Certificate of Applied Science (Specialisation)

0.5 year min, 2 years max

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The Australian Maritime College is the national institute for maritime education, training and research.

Work closely with the Australian maritime and shipbuilding industries.

Control vessels using one of the world's most advanced maritime simulators.


At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Study options

Nautical Science

Deck Watchkeeper

Chief Mate/Master

Learn about navigation and vessel handling at a world-leading maritime institute. Prepare for a career as a Navigation Deck Officer, with the required skills to safely manage and operate any type of vessel in the merchant fleet. You’ll learn about navigation, vessel handling and management, transport, marine legislation and safety.

Available in Launceston.

Marine Engineering

Engineer Watchkeeper

Class 2 and 1 Chief Engineer

Focus on the operation and maintenance of shipboard marine engineering systems. This major will prepare you for a career as a Certified Marine Engineer with the skills to work aboard commercial vessels. Learn about marine engineering systems, vessel structure and operations, transport, vessel management, marine legislation, marine survey and safety.

Available in Launceston.

Course breakdown

Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Engineering or Nautical Science)

Core Units (187.5 credit points)

You’ll complete eight core units covering the fundamentals of Ocean Seafaring, which are common across all majors.

Professional Short Courses (147.8 credit points)

Complete eight units focusing on your chosen major.

Training at Sea (18.75 credit points)

A cadetship or employment with a shipping company is required in order to complete the sea-time phases of this course. Employment may be sought either before or after Year 1 (Pre-Sea) studies.

Professional pathways are available for Seafarers with qualified sea time to enter the ocean seafaring degrees in 2nd or 3rd year.

  • Seafarers with qualified sea time may be eligible to enrol directly into Year 2 and qualify as a Deck or Engine Watchkeeper on completion of Phase 3.
  • Seafarers with qualified sea time and a Deck or Engine Watchkeeper licence may be eligible to enrol directly into Year 3 and qualify as Chief/ Mate Master or Class 2/1 Engineer on completion of Phase 5.


Year 1

Foundation Studies

Phase 1

  • Pre-Sea Deck
  • 1 Semester at AMC
  • Mandatory Short Courses

Phase 2

  • At Sea Shipboard Operational Experience (TAGS)


Year 2

Deck or Engine Watchkeeper

Phase 3

  • 1 Year at AMC
  • Mandatory Short Courses

Phase 4

  • At Sea Shipboard Management Experience (TAGS)


Year 3

Chief Mate/ Master Or Class 2/1 Chief Engineer

Phase 5

  • 1 Year at AMC
  • Mandatory Short Courses

Career outcomes

Lewis Gibson, AMC Alumnus

"I just love how different every day is – on any day, I could be climbing a Navigation Mast, entering an enclosed space, or navigating some of the busiest oceans in the world. These are only a tiny number of my work-stories, and if you look at the other benefits of a seagoing career (equal time leave & plenty of money!) you are able to pursue the most incredible leave adventures".

Employment opportunities for Seafarers are growing across a range of industries. Here are some predicted job growth rates from 2018 to 2023.

Citation: MIAL Seafaring Skills Census

Estimated growth in Seafarers in five years


Estimated growth in Engineer Officers in five years


Estimated growth in Master & Deck Officers in five years


Study Experiences

Experience what it's like to be in control of a vessel using one of the world's most advanced maritime simulators.

Our state-of-the art suite of facilities offers real-time maritime simulation technology that includes a full-mission ship's bridge simulator, two 360-degree tug simulators, advanced dynamic positioning bridge simulator, six basic dynamic positioning simulators, six ship operations cubicles and an 18-seat electronic chart display lab as well as a full mission engine room. The simulation facilities are used for research and investigation into port development, ship manoeuvring, improving ship and port safety and efficiency, training seafarers and teaching.

Take a look at our simulators

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.