Nautical Science

Bachelor Autumn 2020

The three-year Bachelor of Nautical Science is an education aimed towards the future occupation of deck officers and meets the requirements in STCW A-II/1 and A-II/2. It provides insight in and knowledge of the maritime industry in regional, national and global perspectives, and contributes to safeguarding the interaction between humans, maritime technology, environment and society.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) is responsible for the education meeting the requirements from the Norwegian Maritime Authority. The education is subject to the Norwegian Maritime Authority's requirements for quality assurances.


In addition to regular subjects, the following courses are mandatory:


  • STCW Basic safety training (as specified in STCW A-VI/1-1, A-VI/1-2, A-VI/1-3 and A-VI/1-4)
  • STCW Advanced Safety Training (as specified in STCW A-VI/2-1, A-VI/3 og A-VI/4-1)
  • Medical Care (STCW A-VI/4-2)
  • Maritime Radio Communication (GMDSS, STCW IV)


We offer some of these courses in cooperation with external companies.

Study methods

Research-based teaching with an analytical approach towards the subjects are the primary objectives, and this is reflected in literature, work forms and assessment methods. The different forms of dissemination are varied and can be e.g. lectures, practical exercises on simulator, other practical exercises, group work and problem-based learning.


Group work is in addition to individual work the most frequent methods. The students should expect to work 30 hours per credit per semester. The use and knowledge of information and communication technology are integrated in the teaching, with Canvas and computer-based support systems as important tools in the scientific and educational work.


Most courses are taught in Norwegian, but some courses are taught in English, which gives the students a good linguistic basis for their future work in the international business of shipping.

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