Bachelor of Marine Technology, Maritime Management, Captain

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Degree: Bachelor of Marine Technology
Field of study: Seafaring
Extent: 4,5 years 270 credits
Location: Turku

Study objectives

The objective of the education is to train competent and versatile captains for the national, European and international traffic. The main tasks of a sea captain include being responsible for and maneuvering a vessel, and transporting cargo in such a way which is safe for both people and the environment. The education also offers bases for functioning in leading positions in land-based organizations within the maritime field.

The training fulfils the requirements set in the international Convention on the Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention).

The language of instruction

The programme is offered in English.

Study contents

The core studies cover the duties of deck officers.

Content of studies:

  • navigation
  • seamanship
  • ship technology
  • cargo handling
  • radio communication.

A large part of the education is realized through on-board training and the school’s simulator bridges.

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization

The education leads to a master mariner competency. The training fulfils the requirements set in the international Convention on the Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention). The programme offers two specialization alternatives:

  • Ice Navigation (Polar Code)
  • ECO (Ecological and Economical Sustainable development in seafaring)

Structure of studies

The studies consit of:

  • Basic studies 39 ECTS
  • Professional studies 103 ECTS
  • Elective studies 5 ECTS
  • Onboard training 108 ECTS
  • Thesis 15 ECTS

The studies are divided into three levels:

  • Support Level (Watchman Deck)

After completing support level including practical training (after ~ 1 year) you can apply for the certificate of competence for Watchman Deck and after that it is possible to complete the rest of your practical training as a paid crew member.

  • Operational Level (Watch Officer Deck)

After completing operational level including guided practical training (after an additional 2 years) you can apply for the certificate of competence for Watch Officer Deck.

  • Management Level (Captain)

To be able to apply for your certificate of competence as Master Mariner a student must complete their degree (Bachelor of Marine Technology) and gain work experience as Deck Officer on international trade ships. The certificate of competence (Masters License) is issued by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi).

Final project

The Bachelor’s thesis comprises 15 credits. It often acts as a link between studies and career and provides students with an opportunity to apply theoretical models to practical problems. The thesis becomes part of the student’s competence profile. The thesis can consist of internal and /or external commissions, joint projects or other projects related to working life. Examples are:

  • reports (e.g. investigations, surveys, analyses and/or evaluations)
  • development work (e.g. development of working methods or activities)
  • product development (e.g. a prototype or a model)
  • a plan, a product or an artistic work (e.g. an event, a collection, an artistic production, a course, design of material such as guides/manuals or handbooks)
  • a portfolio

Career opportunities

Graduates from the degree programme in Maritime Management are professional and versatile master mariners, qualified for Finnish, European and International careers. The first self-evident career is at sea can be as officers on board any type of vessel. Shore based careers within the maritime industry are underpinned by a sufficient career at sea. The maritime industry offers land based positions within authorities, shipping companies, brokers, insurance companies, yards, logistics, and so on.

Qualification

The aim is that the student completes the theoretical studies and the on-board training qualifying the student for the Watchkeeping Rating’s Competency during the first year of studies. The Watchkeeping Officer competency is acquired after approximately 3 years of studies and the Master Mariner Degree after 4.5 years of studies. With the Bachelor’s degree and sufficient work experience the maritime authorities (TRAFI) will issue the Chief Officer’s and Captain’s Unlimited License.

Internationalization

Students can participate in international activity by:

  • studying as an exchange student for a semester or an academic year at one of our partner schools around the world
  • doing an internship abroad
  • participateing in intensive courses and projects with international students

We aim at strengthening our international profile in the EU primarily in the Nordic and Baltic Sea region. Novia is actively involved in various programs and build a network of strategic partner institutions and other stakeholders in Europe.

Erasmus partner schools:

Netherland: Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz
Turkey: Dokuz eylül universitesi
Spain: Universidad de cadiz
Germany: Jade hochschule
Sweden: Linneuniversitet

Nordplus network partners:

Högskolan på Åland
Chalmers tekniska högskola, Sweden
Högskolen i Vestfold, Norway

Other partners:

Filippines, GigaMare training center.
Novia takes active part of the development of continuing education at GigaMare, where Novia is a partner.

Co-operation with other parties

The simulation resources of Aboa Mare (Novia) consist of ten simulator bridges, engine room simulators, VTS (Vessel Traffic System) simulator, DP (Dynamic Positioning) –simulator and radio simulator. Aboa Mare can offer training on CONSILIUM, FURUNO, SAM Electronics, SPERRY and TRANSAS bridges in its simulator. With Aboa Mares own developed simulator interface Aboa Mare can generate technical faults to the real navigational instruments on the bridges. Aboa Mares staff consists of 40 simulator instructors with a wide range of experience in shipping.

Major shipping companies (for example Viking Line, Tallink Silja and Neste Oil) are training their officers in Aboa Mares simulators. Aboa Mare also have extensive co-operation with companies in research and other projects, for example ABB, Wärtsilä, Elomatic and Eniram.

Aboa Mare have a long tradition of pilotage training and examination, simulator training in critical situations and today a big effort is put into ice navigation and energy-efficient ship operations.

Aboa Mare is authorized by the Finnish Maritime Administration to deliver STCW maritime education and to arrange pilot exemption exams for the Finnish fairways. We are also audited by IALA to arrange VTS operator training according to the IALA standard and by Nautical Institute to arrange DP training. The quality of our training is guaranteed by the DNV ISO 9001 standard.

Research focus

  • WINMOS –Winter navigation motorways of the sea

The project reduces the problems caused by sea ice in the Baltic Sea. Sea ice is a difficult burden to industries that depend on fast, reliable deliveries. A large number of ships suffered serious delays because of prevailing ice conditions during the winters of 2010 and 2011.

  • MONALISA 2.0 Securing the chain by intelligence at sea.

A project that will contribute to more efficient, safer and environmentally friendly maritime transport. Modern technology and real-time data and new methods for data exchange between ship and shore should take the shipping into the future. MONA LISA 2.0 includes 30 partners. It is about authority, representatives from private industry and academia in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, UK, Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece and Norway.

Postgraduate study opportunities

After completing Bachelor’s Degree it is possible to continue to Masters level studies at Universities or Universities of Applied Sciences.

 

Read more about applying to Novia UAS here.