Bachelor of Nautical Science


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.

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    Admission and how to apply

    Admission requirements

    All applicants for undergraduate programs taught in Norwegian at universities and university colleges in Norway, apply through the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) and must meet Norwegian and English language requirements.

    We refer to the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) for further information.

    Admission to HVL

    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.

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