Nautical Science and Maritime Transport

Nautical science studies are appropriate for young people interested in a future in commanding ships. An aptitude for technology and management and an interest in shipmates from other countries and cultures would be of advantage.

In addition to nautical subjects, our degree course covers science, law, and economics, leading to an academic qualification as a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in addition to the certificate of competency for navigational officers.

Nautical Science and Maritime Transport (B.SC.) Overview


Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Application Deadlines

15.03. und 15.09.

Study Start

Winter- and summer semester

Standard period of Study

8 semester

Study Concept

on-campus study


vocational baccalaureate diploma or
Proof of sea service suitability

Place of Study


Numerus Clausus



partly english


Apply for winter- or summer semester

Quick application through  eCampus

International study applicants

For international study applicants or german applicants, who graduated from school abroad, other conditions may apply. In this cases please apply through uni assist.

Further information about the application process can be found on the pages of the International Office.

Getting Started

Admission requirements

After the German "Abitur" (general qualification for university entrance) or the "Fachhochschulreife" (qualification for entrance to a university of applied sciences), or its equivalent, there are various routes to the acquisition of a certificate of competency for international shipping:

  • eight-semester study course at Jade University with two integrated practical semesters
  • vocational training as ship’s mechanic or assistant nautical officer, followed by six semesters at Jade University

In addition to the Abitur or the Fachhochschulreife, a further prerequisite for admission to the program is proof of fitness for sea service; you will find information on this in the study guide.

We also strongly recommend that you attend a basic safety course before starting your studies. You will also find information on this in the study guide.




Prüfungsordnung 2017


Career opportunities

The following areas of operation come within the scope of ships’ officers’ and masters’ competences:

  • shiphandling, which includes navigation and manoeuvring, using and monitory technical equipment on the bridge
  • cargo operations, including monitoring the ship’s seaworthiness and cargo capability, planning and monitoring of cargo operations, carrying out instructions of ship owner and cargo-interested parties
  • ship operations, including duty of care in relation to crew and passengers, man management, planning and carrying out assignment of labour and training on board ship

Since everything points to continuing above-average growth in international shipping, and German trained officers enjoy an international reputation for quality, career prospects in this field are excellent. It is possible to follow the Bachelor qualification with a Master's degree.


Course Content

Nautical science studies cover a wide range of subjects, with particular emphasis on technical aspects.

In the first three semesters of the core curriculum the basics of maths, physics, law, English, economics and chemistry will be dealt with, in addition to introductory classes in applied subjects such as classical navigation, ship safety, computer science and employment law.

Building on these basics, the main studies cover the specific subjects necessary for working as a captain. Among these are the subjects relating to commanding a ship (technical navigation, manoeuvring, meteorology, traffic law, introductory exercises on the ship simulator) and loading cargo (ship stability and strength, loading technology, dangerous goods, shipping law) and subjects such as man management and shipping economics which are aimed at ship operation management.

Electives are offered in either nautical science/technology or economics/law and here it is possible to concentrate on specific areas. In the final semester, extensive simulator exercises and the bachelor thesis complete the degree course. Training voyages on board the sail-training ship Grossherzogin Elisabeth are an integral part of the course, and take place in the 4th or 7th semesters, offering the opportunity to consolidate theory in practice.

Course Plan

Semester 12345678
Basic SeamanshipTraining as Deck Cadet Navigation 1Navigation 2Navigation 3ManeuveringTraining as Deck Cadet (Ship Handling)**
Practical TrainingMarine EngineeringShip TheoryDangerous GoodsCargo OperationsCargo Handling
English Mathematics 2 MeteorologyMaritime English Emergency Mgm.  
PhysicsComputer ScienceTele- communicationsWatchkeeping (Simulat.) Practical Training 
Mathematics 1 Business EconomicsPersonnel ManagementElective Profile 1*Elective Profile 2*Elective Profile 3*
Shipping LawCivil LawMerchant Shipp. LawMedical Care B.Sc. Thesis
* Students may choose between the following elective profiles:
Maritime Technology:Physics in Maritime Applications, Maritime Technology (Lecture)   ,    Maritime Technology (Seminar)
Maritime Economics:Shipping Economics, Transport Management, Terminal Operations
Pilotage and VTS:Fairways and Pilotage, Communication and Intercultural Management, Vessel Traffic Services and Accident Analysis

** This module is subject to specific entrance criteria. The course is not open for exchange students since it is a final practical exam for regular students.

Practical Training on board a sailing ship (German video)


Kontakte im Fachbereich

Head of academic section

Prof. Dr. Christoph Wand

Study advice departement

Dipl.-Ing. Thorsten Löffler



Opportunities after B.Sc. graduation