AMC launches new seafaring degrees

Australian Maritime College


The Australian Maritime College (AMC) will next year introduce three new seafaring degrees and a new diploma as part of a program restructure designed to meet Australian and international best practice standards.

The new program format provides seafarer training across the vocational education and training (VET) sector and now also at a bachelor level.

The higher education pathway will offer a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Engineering), which are achieved concurrently with Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certificates of competency.

AMC will also offer a new shore-based degree, Bachelor of Applied Science (Maritime Operations), which is designed for those who wish to work in a range of ship/shore interface positions within government or ports and shipping companies. Students undertaking this degree can choose one of five specialisations: shore operations – nautical; marine pilotage; marine surveying; shore operations – engineering; or electro-technical officer.

Students following the VET pathway can undertake a Diploma of Transport and Distribution (Maritime Operations) to become a Deck or Engineer Watchkeeper. These students will then be eligible for credit towards the bachelor degree to undertake the next level of studies.

AMC Acting Principal, Professor Neil Bose, said the restructure took place after in-depth consultation with industry and government, and offered clearly defined training pathways for those wishing to enter the seafaring industry.

“This is the first fully integrated pathway across all seafaring roles, with opportunities right through from entry-level training and integrated ratings (IR) to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees,” he said.

“AMC is dedicated to providing the highest possible standard of training for seafarers, and the inclusion of a bachelor degree option into our ocean-going ship’s officer training will ensure that we continue to lead the way.”

The three new bachelor degrees will be delivered via four study blocks per year, allowing for student intakes in January, April, June and September.

Associate Professor Dev Ranmuthagala said the multiple student intakes created by the four-block system would provide flexibility for students and sponsors.

He said that by producing more highly skilled seafarer graduates, AMC would be making a significant contribution to improving the competitiveness of the Australian maritime sector at a time of fundamental reform.

“The competence of seafarers is critical to the safe and effective operation of ships. Modern ships are technically complex, so it is vital that modern officers possess a wide range of skills, including a high level of decision making and problem solving,” Assoc. Prof. Ranmuthagala said.

“Our new degree program will help to deliver such expertise.”

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