A Summary of Nautical Science

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National Maritime
College of Ireland

Bachelor of Science
in Nautical Science

CAO Code CR094

(3 Years Ab-Initio)


> Bachelor of Science Honours in Nautical Science (add-on)


Nautical Studies

Careers at sea

The National Maritime College of Ireland is a
constituent college of Cork Institute of
Technology in partnership with the Irish Naval
Service and Focus Education. The College,
which is situated in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, is
the designated national centre for the education
and training of personnel for the Merchant Navy
and is Ireland’s only Maritime College.

Life at sea has always appealed to young people
who want to combine travel with a challenging
career offering exciting future prospects. This is
the life for those who relish the challenge of
working with the sea – one of Nature’s most
powerful and temperamental elements.

What is Nautical Science?
Nautical Science has three main elements.
• It is concerned with navigation and ship
handling or manoeuvring, in other words, the
conning and control of a ship. This is the
knowledge and technical skill required to
navigate safely from one port to another.
• Secondly, Nautical Science deals with the safe
operation of a ship, including the protection of
life and the environment.
• The third element is shipboard administration
and the handling, loading and care of cargoes,
which may be as diverse as petroleum
products, general cargo, or thousands of new

Ships carry 95% of world trade and seaborne
traffic is forecast to double in the next ten
years. This is generating a great demand for
high-quality personnel to manage and operate
today’s technically sophisticated ships.
This major industry is looking for capable and
enthusiastic young people who are ready for
responsibility and hard work, and who enjoy
using the latest technology. You will become a
key member of a highly qualified team, whether
on a giant super-tanker, a container ship, a
cross-channel ferry, a cruise liner, a specialised
vessel servicing the offshore oil industry or on a
small cargo ship.

Career Prospects
Career prospects are excellent. There is always
a need for high quality personnel. At present
there is a shortage of ships’ officers and there
is an expectation that those starting now should
rise quickly to senior positions.
A career at sea does not mean a lifetime at sea.
Positions ashore include harbour masters,
pilots in the major ports of the world, marine
equipment producers/ suppliers, marine law
and insurance, ship classification societies,
marine and ship surveying with the Department
of Transport, management, cargo handling,
training and education.

Government Aid for Training of
The current scheme provides limited financial
support to merchant marine trainees at the
National Maritime College of Ireland and is
funded by the Department of Transport. These
grants cover the cost of mandatory courses and
fees that are not covered by the Department of

Education and are needed to bring a trainee to
his or her ‘Officer of the Watch’ Certificate of
There is also a grant payable when you are at
sea during your training. The administration of
all the grants is conducted by The Irish
Maritime Development Office (IMDO)
Please note: The programmes described may
be subject to modifications to ensure continued
compliance with the Convention on Standards of
Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for
seafarers, STCW 95.

Minimum Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate with Grade D3 in five
subjects at Ordinary or Higher level including
Mathematics and either English or Irish.
Applicants for this course must be capable of
passing the approved Medical Fitness and
Eyesight tests and are requested to attend a
Career Advisory Session. Offer of a place on the
course will be subject to passing the...
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