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Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Engineering)

University of Tasmania
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

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About this program

Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Engineering)

Whether you are looking to embark on a career at sea or take the next step into the maritime industry, our Bachelor of Applied Science (MarineEngineering) provides the gateway to working aboard vessels around the globe.

The Australian Maritime College’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Engineering) degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to undertake operation and maintenance associated to shipboard marine engineering systems. Our program is designed to integrate professional short courses and training at sea so that you will not only obtain a bachelor’s degree or Advanced Diploma but also a Certificate of Competency issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Our program will prepare you for a career as a Marine Engineer with the practical skill and knowledge to work aboard commercial vessels. You will learn about marine engineering systems, vessel structure and operations, cargo and passenger transport, vessel management, marine legislation, marine survey and shipboard safety. We also grant access to an alternative degree exit option, with the inclusion of our nested Advanced Diploma, offering an unmatched opportunity to embark on a career as an Engineer Watchkeeper just after your first 2 years of study.

Our programs are also fully compliant with the training and educational requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention, as amended in 2010).

Course objectives

Our degree is built to prepare you for your career at sea, with unmatched training and experience, you will have the flexibility to choose your own path as a Marine Engineer. In addition to developing broad and coherent knowledge of marine engineering required to undertake maintenance work in any position aboard a vessel, you will acquire core skills in operation monitoring, system analysis, and complex problem solving.

You will also develop professional soft skills such as critical thinking, decision making, time management and effective communication. This core knowledge is designed so that no matter where you start your career you will be able to apply your skills and knowledge across a range of marine engineering professions.

Our degree is centered on real-life practical experience, with a built-in sea-time phase of your AMC marine engineering qualification. You will have the opportunity to directly link academic learning with its practical application in the workplace.

This is why the Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Engineering) is one of the most sought-after degrees by employers—our graduates are industry ready and prepared to overcome any career challenges.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Conversion Pathway (Seafaring: 23Q & 23R)

  • Human Factors and Risk Management in Marine Navigation
  • Maritime Operations Project

Pre Sea (Engine)

  • Engineering Design and Presentation
  • Shipboard Operations (Engine)
  • Marine Mathematics I

Watchkeeper (Engine)

  • Marine Mathematics II
  • Electrical Electronics and Control Systems
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Marine Thermodynamics
  • Ship and Engine Resource Management
  • Operational Marine Engineering (General)
  • Operational Marine Engineering (Motor)
  • Operational Marine Engineering (Steam)

Class 2 Class 1 Chief Engineer

  • Advanced Marine Engineering (General)
  • Advanced Marine Electrical Engineering
  • Advanced Marine Control and Automation
  • Advanced Marine Engineering (Motor)
  • Advanced Applied Mechanics
  • Advanced Electro-technology
  • Advanced Marine Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Naval Architecture and Ship Construction
  • Managerial and Leadership Skills

At Sea units (Work Integrated Learning)

  • Shipboard Operational Experience (Engine) I
  • Shipboard Operational Experience (Engine) II

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of marine engineering by:

  • Applying a diverse array of scientific concepts to safely operate and maintain the main propulsion system in a commercial ship.
  • Determining the appropriate role of auxiliary and shipboard systems in multiple contexts to ensure the safe operation of a commercial ship.

Critically analyse and solve marine engineering related problems by:

  • Analysing, interpreting and evaluating a range of available data sources in standard- operational and emergency related scenarios on a commercial ship.
  • Implementing regulatory appropriate responses which enable the continued safe operation of a commercial ship.

Practice effective leadership in marine engineering by:

  • Establishing how various management theories can be applied in common marine engineering roles.
  • Exhibiting communication, collaboration and decision making which enable safe operation of a commercial ship.

Demonstrate personal and professional stewardship through:

  • Locating and adhering to regulatory frameworks relevant to marine engineering in the international shipping industry.
  • Performing all tasks in an ethical manner where the safety of persons and protection of the natural environment are of the greatest importance.

Career paths

AMC’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Engineering) is the recognised pathway to becoming an AMSA Certified Class 1 and 2 Marine Engineer.

Upon graduating from this degree, you will be competent with advanced industry knowledge and a sought-after skill-set which will prove to be advantages as you seek a career at sea.

Our professional engineering graduates are also qualified with additional knowledge and skills that they are likely to require to take up senior shore-based professional positions such as:

  • Governmental or intergovernmental regulators and organisations such as AMSA, EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency), IMO (International Maritime Organization)
  • Senior position in a shipyardTechnical manager in a shipping company
  • Marine superintendent or safety manager in a shipping company
  • Product, R&D, sales and service managers in companies manufacturing marine engines and equipment
  • Surveyor in a Classification Society
  • Marine Surveyor with a Port State Control authority such as AMSA
  • Work in Marine insurance companies
  • Maritime Education and Training, research and teaching positions

About this institute

University of Tasmania

Our story began 130 years ago, in a sandstone building overlooking Hobart. Since those early days, with three lecturers teaching eleven students, our purpose has remained the same. Through academic excellence, we make our home, and the world, a better...

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University of Tasmania

Private Bag 51
TAS 7001 Hobart

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