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Marine Operations Scottish Professional Diploma

(SCQF level 8)

Nautical Studies & Marine Engineering, Faculty of Nautical

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Mode of Study


Start Date

28th Aug 2017, 2 years

28th Aug 2017, 2 years


Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


If you're a school leaver with at least 120 UCAS points, this course will help you become a seagoing Deck Officers. It is structured into five distinct phases spent at college and sea.

At the end of the course you'll have gained a Professional Diploma in Marine Operations and your qualifications will allow you to be an Officer of the Watch (OOW) on a merchant vessel.

You'll be sponsored by a shipping company or training agency, who'll provide the sea phases on ships operating worldwide. Applications should be made via sponsoring companies, full details of which can be obtained from the Careers at Sea website:

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Standard Grade passes at grade 3 or above (maths to Grade 2); OR
  • GCSE passes at grade C or above; OR
  • A pass at Intermediate 2 in maths, English or a subject involving the use of English. A science subject with a significant content of a physical science; OR
  • National Certificate passes at National 5 in maths, English and a science subject
  • Plus Higher Level/A Level: One or more passes at Higher Level/A Level subjects, amounting to at least 120 points on the UCAS tariff system, one of which should preferably be maths or a physical science subject

You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject.

What you study

You'll study:

  • Phase 1 at college
  • Pre-sea STCW training courses (Including personal survival techniques, fire fighting, first aid) and the HND part 1 (Including bridge watch-keeping, chart work and tides, celestial navigation and ship stability)
  • Phase 2 spent at sea
  • Phase 3 at college
  • HND Part 2 (Including management of vessel operations, Shipmaster business and emergency response and communication), in addition to the Professional Development Award in marine operations
  • Phase 4 spent at sea (a minimum of 12 months sea-time is required)
  • Phase 5 at college
  • Assessment of the Professional Development Award, electronic navigation course and Marine Coastguard Agency examination

After the course


This course prepares you for a career at sea in the Merchant Navy and in a number of different sectors such as offshore, cruise ships, oil tankers, LNG and chemical tankers.

Continuing study

Successful students can progress on to:

After gaining seagoing experience, a qualified student would return to college to study for their Chief Officer's exams, aiming to gain a Master Mariner's Certificate of Competency.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    28th Aug 2017, 2 years
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome