Bachelor of Maritime Management, Captain - Sea Captain Studies in English

The programme’s aim is to educate 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 Bachelor’s degree programme is provided by Novia University of Applied Sciences. The degree title is Bachelor of Marine Technology, Maritime Management, Captain. The programme comprises 270 ECTS, planned duration is 4,5 years and the study language is English.

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 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
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).

Full time or part time studies

You can apply for full time studies if you have a senior secondary school degree and/or university degree, or for part time studies if you have completed a Watchkeeping Deck Officer degree or another comparable STCW approved Watchkeeping Deck Officer degree (i.e. Navy, Coast Guard).

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Petteri Niittymäki

Petteri Niittymäki

Head of Degree Programme,

Bachelor of Maritime Management, Sjökapten YH


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