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 Nautical Science
SchoolMarine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
LocationSt. John's, NL, Canada
School TypeUniversity
School Size
Length4 Year(s)
Entry Grade (%)*
  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Mathematics 
  •  Grade12 Biology  or  Grade12 Earth and Space Science  or  Grade12 Chemistry  or  Grade12 Physics 
Prerequisites NotesYou must meet the Marine Institute's Application and Admission Regulations either immediately upon graduation from high school, following a period of employment subsequent to graduation, or by transfer from another post-secondary institution. Transport Canada requires proof of satisfactory physical fitness, including visual acuity, colour vision, and hearing among other physical requirements, prior to sitting for Transport Canada exams. Proof of physical fitness must be provided by way of signed Seafarer’s and MED medicals from an approved physician for registration in this program. Contact the Registrar's Office for a list of physicians approved to conduct the Seafarer's or MED medicals.
DescriptionFeel the pull of the tide, or crave a life on the high seas? If so, this is the program for you. Our Nautical Science diploma program prepares you to qualify for Transport Canada's Watchkeeping Mate certificate of competency allowing you to sail anywhere in the world as Third Officer or Second Officer on a wide variety of ship types. You also get a head start on higher level certificates of competency because of credits you receive towards Transport Canada examinations and sea service exemptions. As a cadet, you'll train on a wide range of ships, from large passenger cruise ships to cargo vessels. In the classroom, you are exposed to science, technology and tradition as you learn to manage and safely navigate a vessel while caring for the cargo you re carrying and protecting the marine environment in which you operate. Currently, there is a high demand for ships’ officers around the globe. You can travel worldwide while living at home.

This four-year program, consists of six academic terms, three technical sessions and two sea phase work terms. This cadet program alternates semesters on-campus with semesters at sea.
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