Bachelor of Maritime Management, Maritime Management, Captain

Degree: Bachelor of Maritime Management
Field of study: Technology and Seafaring
Extent: 4,5 years 270 credits
Location: Turku
Application period: 4-18 January 2023

Study objectives

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.


Study contents

The core studies cover the duties of deck officers.

Content of studies:

  • navigation
  • seamanship
  • 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). 

Structure of studies

The studies consist of:

  • Basic studies 
  • Professional studies 
  • Elective studies 
  • Onboard training 
  • Thesis

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 Maritime Management) and gain work experience as Deck Officer on international trade ships. The certificate of competence (Masters License) is issued by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom).

Final project

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

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.


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.

Tuition fees

Information about tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students at Novia UAS is found here


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
  • participating 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

  • Belgium: Antwerp Maritime Academy
  • Croatia: University of Split
  • Latvia: Liepaja Maritime College
  • Lithuania: Lithuanian Maritime Academy
  • Netherlands: Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz
  • Spain: University of Cadiz
  • Turkey: Dokuz Eylül Universitetsi
  • Germany: Hochschule Emden/Leer, Jade Hochschule, Bremen City UAS

Nordplus network partners

  • Högskolan på Åland
  • Chalmers tekniska högskola, Sweden
  • Högskolen i Vestfold, Norway

Other partners

  • Philippines, 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 Wärtsilä NACOS Platinum, SPERRY and TRANSAS Wärtsilä Voyage 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.

Research focus

Simulation and automation

In shipping, some major trends can be distinguished. Maritime traffic is increasing and ships are getting faster while energy consumption has to be minimized. Global climate change, among other things, leads to the opening of new shipping lanes in the polar regions. The cognitive burden is increasing and the demands in command bridge work are tightened. The crews often become multicultural and smaller. In order for them to work safely and meet the new expectations, new working routines, new technologies and better tools must be developed. Particularly important is the knowledge of ice navigation, safe navigation and flexibility at work. All of these areas can be built up and tested using ship simulators.

  • MasterSIM: Developing of Remote Operation Simulator & Training programme for Remote Operators

Postgraduate study opportunities

After completing the Bachelor’s Degree it is possible to continue to Masters level studies at Universities or Universities of Applied Sciences.


Read more about applying to Novia UAS here.