Novia University of Applied Sciences – sea captain studies in Swedish and in English

Aboa Mare offers Bachelor level education (Sea Captain and Marine Engineer) and Master level education (Master of Engineering / Master if Marine Technology, Maritime Management) at Novia University of Applied Sciences. 

Novia UAS acts along the Swedish-speaking parts of the Finnish coastline. With over 4 000 students and a staff of about 300, Novia is the largest Swedish-speaking university of applied sciences in Finland. High-class and state-of-the-art degree programs provide students with a proper platform for their future careers.

Master of Engineering, Autonomous Maritime Operations »  New 2018! 

Master of Engineering / Marine Technology, Maritime Management, Captain »  New 2017!

Bachelor of Marine Technology, Maritime Management, Captain »

New education in 2018: Master's degree programme in Autonomous Maritime Operation

The programme’s aim is to educate engineers and seafarers to meet the requirements for the fourth industrial revolution in maritime technology.  The programme has a special focus on the digitalization of maritime operations. The Master’s degree programme starts in February 2018 and is provided by Novia University of Applied Sciences. The degree title is Master of Engineering, Autonomous Maritime Operations. The programme comprises 60 ECTS and the study language is English.

The programme has a special focus concerning the digitalization of maritime operations. The studies include 6 courses of relevant subjects each of an extent of 5 credits. Following subjects are covered:

  • Introduction to studies and introduction to Marine operations
  • Autonomous vessels-automation
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Human-Machine Interaction
  • Remote Operations
  • Cyber Security and Connectivity
  • Classification, Qualification and Safety Perspectives

Eligibility to apply and application

The application period has ended. The application period for this programme was 15 November to 15 December 2017. Eligibility to apply to this programme is conferred by an appropriate UAS Bachelor’s degree or another appropriate higher education degree and at least three years of subsequent work experience in a relevant field. An appropriate Bachelor’s degree in a related field for this programme can be Bachelor of Marine Technology, Captain; Bachelor of Engineering (seafaring), or another appropriate Bachelor’s degree completed in a relevant field such as maritime, marine engineering, automation engineering or ICT engineering. The application can be made at the website www. There is no tuition fee for EU/EEA students, but for non-EU/EEA-students the tuition fee is 9 000 €.

Career prospects

After the studies, you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates will be better suited for future employments related to the digitalization in the maritime sector.

For more information, contact: 

Head of Degree Programme Micael Vuorio, Aboa Mare, tel. +358 44 762 3413, -

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New education in 2017: Master's Degree Programme for Sea Captains and Marine Engineers

The new programme Master of Marine Technology, Maritime Management has started in the beginning of September 2017. The programme has a special focus on building an overall understanding of the maritime field. The studies include management in general, maritime management and for the maritime industry distinctive financial and logistical features.

Career prospects

After the studies, students will be able to work with leadership and management tasks within different organizations in the maritime sector. The studies provide students with advanced skills in management for different tasks within shipping companies and other related businesses.

For more information, contact: 

Head of Degree Programme Peter Björkroth, Aboa Mare, tel. +358 44 762 3404, -

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Maritime Management

The education leads to a master mariner competency. The training fulfills the requirements set in the international Convention on the Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention). 

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 core studies cover the duties of deck officers. A large part of the education is realized through on-board training and the school’s simulator bridges. 

Content of studies:

  • Navigation
  • Seamanship
  • Ship Technology
  • Cargo handling
  • Radio communication

The studies are divided into three levels:

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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).

For more information, contact: 

Head of Degree Programme, Maritime Management (English) Tony Karlsson, Aboa Mare, tel. +358 44 762 3411, 

Head of Degree Programme (Swedish) Petteri Niittymäki, Aboa Mare, tel. +358 44 762 3400, 

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Contacts for Novia

Petteri Niittymäki

Petteri Niittymäki

Head of Degree Programme,
Master Mariner, Swedish


+358 44 762 3400

Tony Karlsson

Tony Karlsson

Head of Degree Programme, Maritime Management


+358 44 762 3411

Esa Lapela

Esa Lapela

Head of Degree Programme,
Marine Technology


+358 44 762 3406

Peter Björkroth

Peter Björkroth

Head of Degree Programme,
Master's Degree Programme


+358 44 762 3404

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