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Bachelor of Maritime Management

Maritime Management, Captain

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 manoeuvring 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).

Field of study

Technology and Seafaring


4,5 years 270 Credits

Study format

Day-time or blended studies

Separate application period

17–24 April 2024

Educational institution

Novia UAS



Previous knowledge

Day-time studies

You can apply for day-time studies if you have a senior secondary school degree and/or university degree.

Blended studies

You can apply for blended studies if you have completed a Watchkeeping Deck Officer degree or another comparable STCW approved Watchkeeping Deck Officer degree (i.e. Navy, Coast Guard). You need also Certificate of Competency, at least Watchkeeping Deck Officer certificate (STCW A/ll-1) if you don’t have a Finnish deck officer exam.

Study Content

The studies consist of:

  • Basic Studies
  • Professional Studies
  • Elective Studies
  • Onboard Training
  • Thesis

The core studies cover the duties of Deck Officers.
Which are made up of the following subjects:

  • Navigation
  • Seamanship
  • Ship Technology
  • Cargo Handling
  • Radio Communication

The studies are divided into three levels
These levels must be completed as follows:

Support Level (Watchman Deck)
After completing support level studies, including practical training (after 1 year), you can apply for the certificate of competence for Watchman Deck. After you have obtained this, 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 a Master Mariner, you must first complete your Bachelor of Maritime Management degree and gain work experience as a Deck Officer on international trade ships.
The certificate of competence (Masters License) is issued by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom).


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 (TRAFICOM) will issue the Chief Officer’s and Captain’s Unlimited License.

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.

Read more about day-time studies at Novia.fiRead more about blended studies at

Contact person

Petteri Niittymäki

Head of Degree Programme

+358 44 762 3400

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