Bachelor of Maritime Management, Maritime Management, Captain
Bachelor's Degree in English
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 training fulfils the requirements set in the international Convention on the Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention).
Language of instruction
The programme is offered in English.
The core studies cover the duties of deck officers.
Content of studies:
- ship technology
- cargo handling
- radio communication.
A large part of the education is realized through on-board training and the school’s simulator bridges.
Choosing a main subject or field of specialization
The education leads to a master mariner competency. The training fulfils the requirements set in the international Convention on the Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention). The programme offers two specialization alternatives:
- Ice Navigation (Polar Code)
- ECO (Ecological and Economical Sustainable development in seafaring)
Structure of studies
The studies consit of:
- Basic studies 39 ECTS
- Professional studies 103 ECTS
- Elective studies 5 ECTS
- Onboard training 108 ECTS
- Thesis 15 ECTS
The studies are divided into three levels:
- 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.
- 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 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).
The Bachelor’s thesis comprises 15 credits. It often acts as a link between studies and career and provides students with an opportunity to apply theoretical models to practical problems. The thesis becomes part of the student’s competence profile. The thesis can consist of internal and /or external commissions, joint projects or other projects related to working life. Examples are:
- reports (e.g. investigations, surveys, analyses and/or evaluations)
- development work (e.g. development of working methods or activities)
- product development (e.g. a prototype or a model)
- a plan, a product or an artistic work (e.g. an event, a collection, an artistic production, a course, design of material such as guides/manuals or handbooks)
- a portfolio
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.
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 (TRAFI) will issue the Chief Officer’s and Captain’s Unlimited License.
Students can participate in international activity by:
- studying as an exchange student for a semester or an academic year at one of our partner schools around the world
- doing an internship abroad
- participateing in intensive courses and projects with international students
We aim at strengthening our international profile in the EU primarily in the Nordic and Baltic Sea region. Novia is actively involved in various programs and build a network of strategic partner institutions and other stakeholders in Europe.
Erasmus partner schools:
Netherland: Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz
Turkey: Dokuz eylül universitesi
Spain: Universidad de cadiz
Germany: Jade hochschule
Nordplus network partners:
Högskolan på Åland
Chalmers tekniska högskola, Sweden
Högskolen i Vestfold, Norway
Filippines, GigaMare training center.
Novia takes active part of the development of continuing education at GigaMare, where Novia is a partner.
Co-operation with other parties
The simulation resources of Aboa Mare (Novia) consist of ten simulator bridges, engine room simulators, VTS (Vessel Traffic System) simulator, DP (Dynamic Positioning) –simulator and radio simulator. Aboa Mare can offer training on CONSILIUM, FURUNO, SAM Electronics, SPERRY and TRANSAS bridges in its simulator. With Aboa Mares own developed simulator interface Aboa Mare can generate technical faults to the real navigational instruments on the bridges. Aboa Mares staff consists of 40 simulator instructors with a wide range of experience in shipping.
Major shipping companies (for example Viking Line, Tallink Silja and Neste Oil) are training their officers in Aboa Mares simulators. Aboa Mare also have extensive co-operation with companies in research and other projects, for example ABB, Wärtsilä, Elomatic and Eniram.
Aboa Mare have a long tradition of pilotage training and examination, simulator training in critical situations and today a big effort is put into ice navigation and energy-efficient ship operations.
Aboa Mare is authorized by the Finnish Maritime Administration to deliver STCW maritime education and to arrange pilot exemption exams for the Finnish fairways. We are also audited by IALA to arrange VTS operator training according to the IALA standard and by Nautical Institute to arrange DP training. The quality of our training is guaranteed by the DNV ISO 9001 standard.
Arctic Simulator Training Program
Ice simulator development
- WINMOS 2.0
Developing the maritime winter navigation system and safeguarding icebreaking recourses in EU’s northernmost waters.
Operational plans and procedures for maritime search and rescue in HNS incidents
STM Validation Project
Sea Traffic Management (STM) Validation Project
Digitalized information services for safer and more efficient maritime transport
Training of specialists for the maritime cluster by a network of higher education institutions
A concept that helps to utilize innovation theories in concrete problem solving situations in the maritime industry
Developing of Remote Operation Simulator & Training programme for Remote Operators
New simulator training tools and courses in the maritime domain
Postgraduate study opportunities
After completing Bachelor’s Degree it is possible to continue to Masters level studies at Universities or Universities of Applied Sciences.