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Nautical Science/ Chief Mate Full / Master HND

Nautical Studies & Marine Engineering, Nautical and STEM

Mode of Study



Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course is designed for you to progress from OOW level (deck) to Chief Mates or Masters level (Management CoC). 

It is for Officers who do not hold a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Nautical Science from a UK Establishment.  If you hold an HND, SPD or FD, then this course is not for you.

Course Dates

The course runs a minimum of twice a year.  The dates for 2019/20 are as follows:-

  • 1st October 2019 - 29th May 2020.
  • 20th January 2020 - 25th September 2020.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Recognised sea time of 12 months at OOW level.
  • NAEST Operational Certificate or NARAS Operational Certificate.

What you study

You'll study:

  • Marine Passage Planning.
  • Management of Bridge Operations.
  • Applied Marine Meteorology.
  • Ship Stability: Theory and Practical Applications.
  • Marine Vessel Structures and Maintenance.
  • Management of Vessel Operations.
  • Ships Master Law and Business.
  • Shipboard Management.
  • Marine Engineering Systems.
  • Compass.
  • Assistance to apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE)
  • Preparation for the SQA Written exams
  • Preparation for the MCA Oral Exams
  • Mandatory Short Courses:-
    • Human Element, Leadership and Management (HELM Management)
    • Navigation Aids, Equipment Simulator Training (NAEST Management)

The course does not include Medical Care on Board as standard and would need to be booked as an added extra.  Time is set aside for those requiring to do this course, please discuss this with us at time of booking to arrange.  

The College do not arrange your Oral Exam appointment, this is your responsibility to arrange directly with the MCA after obtaining your Notice of Eligibility.

After the course


The course overall will equip you to become a competent and efficient Chief Mate.

How to Apply

Download the application pack and follow the instructions.

Further Information

If you have any further questions not covered here or in the application pack, please contact us. We endeavour to reply to queries within 2 business days.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome