Nautical Science

Nautical Science

Degrees offered: B.Sc., Diploma, Dual Degree, Ph.D

What is Nautical Science

Nautical Science - Most of us go for various professional courses as we have interests towards them. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to know about ships, decks and diving? The course which deals in all these is known as nautical science. It is a multidisciplinary subject which deals with the study of the techniques and to know about navigating and operating a ship to safety. Nautical science course includes both theoretical and practical learning.

There are three ways you can do the course in nautical science. You can either complete your bachelors and go to complete masters or complete the diploma and get into a job. When compared to B.Sc in nautical science, the Diploma in nautical science has more job opportunities and also study vastly about the subject like Naval architecture, effects of waves, ocean structure, towing and mooring.

If you are looking for the best professional and adventurous course, then nautical science is the best course you can take up. Many universities and colleges provide B.Sc and M.Sc or Diploma course in nautical science. You can opt for a nautical science course after completing schooling, and end up in an adventurous job for life.

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Nautical Science

Mentioned below is the eligibility criteria for nautical science course:

For Graduation

  • The candidate has to pass the 10+2 in science combination of Physicschemistry and maths from a recognised board.

  • The candidate should pass 10+2 with an aggregate of 60% in the stream they have taken.

  • Apart from the qualification, the candidate should have certain medical standards which are also assessed along with the educational qualification. The candidate must have 6/6 eyesight, and he/she should not have any vision ailments.

Note: The criteria might vary from college to college or university. 

For post-graduation

  • The candidate who wishes to pursue a Master’s degree in nautical science should hold a bachelor’s degree in the required subject from a well-recognised university or college.

  • Also, the candidate should have good aggregate in the subject as per the requirement by the University or college. 

Nautical science entrance exams

Like other courses, there are various entrance exams that you need to clear to get admission in respective universities for nautical science course: The entrance exams are: 

  • IMU CET – IMU CET is the national level entrance exam conducted by Indian Maritime University for students who wish to take UG and PG courses in the University in their respective field.

  • CUSAT- CAT – Cochin University of science and technology common aptitude test is the university level entrance examination conducted for students who would like to join for the UG and PG courses in the respective field.

Scope of Nautical Science in India and Abroad

The candidate who completes his/her bachelors in nautical science has great scope to work in both the government and private sector. The candidate gets a chance to work for navy ships and know about the structure of the ship while studying a nautical science course.

The candidate can become either marine engineer after completing their bachelor and masters and get a chance to serve the Indian Navy.

Course Fees Nautical Science

Minimum Fees Maximum Fees
Private Government Private Government
2.76 Lakhs
B.Sc. in Nautical Science at Seacom Marine College, Howrah
1.92 Lakhs
B.Sc. in Nautical Science at Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik
9.00 Lakhs
B.Sc. in Nautical Science at International Maritime Academy, Chennai
6.75 Lakhs
B.Sc. in Nautical Science at Indian Maritime University, Chennai
4.30 Lakhs
Ph.D in Nautical Science at Seacom Skills University, Birbhum
Data not available
4.30 Lakhs
Ph.D in Nautical Science at Seacom Skills University, Birbhum
Data not available
2.20 Lakhs
Diploma in Nautical Science at Haldia Institute of Maritime Studies and Research, Haldia
2.25 Lakhs
Diploma in Nautical Science at Indian Maritime University, Navi Mumbai Campus
3.75 Lakhs
Diploma in Nautical Science at International Maritime Academy, Chennai
2.25 Lakhs
Diploma in Nautical Science at Indian Maritime University, Chennai

Course Subjects

Every course has a set of subjects that deal with the essence of the course and also helps students to understand the course in a broader sense. These are some of the subjects in nautical science:

  • English –I

  • Mathematics I

  • Physics I

  • Cargo work and

  • Marine Engineering and control system I

  • Navigation I

  • Seamanship Lab I

  • Physics II

  • Mathematics II

  • Environmental science I

  • Marine Engineering and control system

  • Naval arch – ship construction

  • Voyage plan and collision

  • Ship operation Technology I

  • Engineering workshop I

  • Mathematics III

  • Physics III

  • Environmental Science II

  • Maritime Law

  • Navigation II

  • Seamanship Lab II

  • Marine engineering and control system II

  • Engineering chemistry

  • Computer science

  • Voyage and collision prevention II

  • Ship visits boat work

  • Collision prevention

  • PT, games, swimming

  • Marine Engineering and Control system III

  • Maritime Law II

  • Navigation VI

  • Ship visits, Industry Visits

  • Project

Careers in Nautical Science

Once the candidate completes his/her graduation in nautical science or a diploma in nautical science, then they have job opportunities in this field. They can either go for marine engineering after completing their bachelors and masters, or you can be a scuba diver and explore the underwater world. The candidates can also complete their diploma and work as training navigation officer or lecturer.

Students who complete their bachelors and masters or diploma in nautical science can work in the areas like marine industries, marine electronics, tourism, aquaculture, hydro-geology, engineering, non-governmental education, environmentally-based recreation, water quality management and communication.

There is also an opportunity for students who wish to pursue the masters can also go abroad for doing the same.

Job Profiles and Top Recruiters

Nautical science has various job opportunities both in the government and private sector. These are some of the job profiles which candidates can bag after completing nautical science course: 

Job profile


Deck officer

A deck officer is responsible for the navigation and handling of the ship. He/she also handles the communication between ship and shore, and delivery of cargo etc.

Nautical Surveyor

The nautical surveyor inspects the equipment that is intended for both new and existing vessels. They do surveys like structure, machinery and equipment related to navigation, radio etc.

Scuba Diver

A scuba diver is a person who works below the surface of the water using the scuba gear. They also inspect, repair, remove or install the equipment and structures. 

Marine superintendent

The Marine superintendent work is to ensure that the vessels are safe, economical and efficient. And their major responsibility is to plan and execute the shipyard repair work.

Marine Engineer

A marine engineer works for private organisations and do research, design, develop and construct new marine vessels and their parts.

Marine Engineer instructor

The marine engineer instructor is responsible for teaching, training and assessing on marine courses. They also ensure that their students are properly enrolled in the class and plan the lessons and have course records.

Operations  manager

An operations manager is responsible for coordinating activities related to business requirements and operational decisions.

Training Navigation officer

The training navigation officers are responsible for piloting a ship and operating navigational equipment like electronic charts, radar, gyrocompass etc.


A lecturer is responsible for preparing, designing and teaching the subject. They also have access to course work and deliver seminars related to the subject.

Nautical Science Top recruiters

Most of the recruiters and companies are looking for candidates who are qualified and well talented in the field. These are some of the top recruiters of nautical science field:

  • ONGC

  • SAIL

  • Coal India

  • GMDC

  • Seaborne Maritime

  • TMC shipping

  • GSI

Required Skillset for Nautical Science

For every course, there are certain skills required to pursue it. Similarly, mentioned below are the skills that you must posses to opt nautical science course: 

  • Interest into water activities – the candidate who wishes to pursue the course has to have interest and love towards the water. Because everything in nautical science is related to water.

  • Leadership skills – another skill the candidate should have is leadership skills. The candidate should be ready to lead their team in case of major operation, and they should be able to lead efficiently only then he/she becomes a good leader.

  • Communication skills – The next skill required by the candidate is communication skills. Conveying a message effectively is important, and when it comes to the Navy, it is one of the essential tools to access the candidate.

  • Teamwork – another most important skill required for a candidate is the team work. The candidate should be able to collaborate with their colleagues and discuss their operation or work. He/she should be efficient and able to do the same.

Course Curriculum for Nautical Science

Curriculum for any course is made to impart essential knowledge about the subject in detail. It also deals with the electives and other subjects under the main course. This helps the candidates in understanding the deeper aspects of the subject.

A well-defined curriculum also helps students to gain opportunities to work in the different fields of the respective subject. Nautical science curriculum helps students in understanding the subject in detail and broader aspects.

And it also allows the students to have multiple choices when it comes to job opportunities.

Questions related to Nautical Science

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Im planning to do bsc nautical science and I want to know how to get a sponsorship as wherever I look I find people telling to take dns and apply

shaktiswarupa4 11th Nov, 2020

Hello Febin!

First of all shortlist the companies for which you fulfill the eligibility criteria(as they differ company to company) and then apply for the same by filling the forms. You have to read all the clauses of the respective companies mindfully before applying for sponsorship. They will probably ask you to take a test and then they will guide you further on your college training as well. Companies like SHELL and AET give scholarships. But I would suggest you to try for Anglo Eastern and other top companies where job security is ensured. Consider taking up a loan over joining through an agent. AMET university provides sponsorship for BSc others provide for DNS candidates. There are a few companies like Phoenix that provide sponsorship to BSc students, so be updated regarding that.

Hope this answer helps:)


When i can do Bsc. in nautical science

Pratyaksha Goswami 5th Nov, 2020

Dear student

B.Sc is a widely alluded course with a wide scope in career prospects and high paying jobs, it is a strong career option.

Many colleges provide this degree, use the link below for more details.


I would like to join (nautical science). I have some farsightedness problem. To join this course I need to have a perfect vision. I found this in the internet.Do I need to have this perfect vision at the time of admission itself or would I allowed to change my vision problem during my studies.

prince2019ad 2nd Nov, 2020

Hope you are doing good.

Nautical science requires a perfect vision.

Yes. You are right.

During the admission procedure, at the time of health checkup, you should be having perfect vision else you would be rejected.

The above guideline is compulsory.

If you are declared as having perfect vision during the admission procedure health check-up but during the course they find out that you actually dont dave perfect vision, then there would be no problem for you.

After you have successfully cleared the the admission procedure health checkup there would be no problem for you.

Hoping for your bright future.


am a btech naval architect can I do DNS(diploma in Nautical science) to become a deck officer

akshatk 25th Oct, 2020

Diploma in Nautical Sceince is a 1 year course under the Indian Maritime University. Prospective deck cadets undergo a year long period of study followed by a sailing period of a minimum of 18 months.

Yes, in order to become a deck officer, you can do the DNS course. I would also  recommend you to check the Directorate General of Shipping and the Indian Maritime University websites for institute approvals and  more course details.


Which course has more scoop Marine engineer or Nautical science

Aadarsh Gupta 22nd Oct, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Both nautical science and marine engineering both have same possible potential of growth.

if you are just thinking that nautical science mean just captain n engineer mean chief engineer than it not just end. there is alot more than that especially in marine field. either engineer or nautical both can be what ever they want to be in marine.

ex : lawyer,settlement ,DPA,technical supritendent,cso etc etc .

these are just few post above the just chief engineer but again you want more then you have to go for more higher management level like management in marketing than there is option of baltic exchange or same like other exchange who Decide the frieght rate of dry bulk cargo. similarly in for wet bulk baltic indices. there is also option for become the IMO chief seceretory . but above all before having all these u have to sacrifice the time and patience to gain experiences becoz all these position can be get by only experience.

All the best for your future

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