ND: (National Diploma)
The aim of the course is to afford the student the opportunity to obtain the National Diploma in Maritime Studies which is accepted by maritime commerce and industry, as well as the SAMSA certificate of competency which will enable students to serve on vessels as certificated Deck Officers.
Purpose and Rationale of the qualification
The qualified person will have the requisite levels of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical proficiency to establish a successful career in the shipping industry.
The course provide an opportunity for deck officers (or aspirant deck officers) to obtain both a National Diploma and a STCW95
compliant certificate of competency.Career opportunities also exist in the shore-based maritime industry, particularly for those persons who ultimately wish to terminate their sea-going employment.
For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.
General admission requirements
Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.
Additional admission requirements
For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.
Postgraduate admission requirements
The Deck Officer Certificate of Competency, Chief Mate Certificate of Competency, Master (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency, Engineering officer of the Watch, Second Engineer and Chief Engineer Courses are accredited by SAMSA.
The fees for 2023reflected below may be subject to change.
Please confirm the final fee amount by contacting the relevant Faculty Office or contact person as listed at the bottom of this page.
Requirements for sea-going officersDeck Officer Certificate of Competency
Semester 1 + Semester 2 + 12 months unlimited sea-service + SAMSA Ancillaries + SAMSA Level 3 Assessment (Oral Examination)
Chief Mate Certificate of Competency
Deck Officer CoC + 12 months unlimited sea-service + SAMSA Ancillaries + SAMSA Level 3 Assessment (Oral Examination)
Master (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency
Chief Mate CoC + 12 months unlimited sea-service + SAMSA Ancillaries + SAMSA Level 3 Assessment (Oral Examination)
Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 months unlimited sea service aboard vessels greater than 500 gross tons, after successfully completing Semesters 1 and 2 (S1 & S2).The Department of Maritime Studies may be able to assist in finding sea-going (experiential learning) opportunities, but cannot guarantee placement. During the sea-going period, students complete a complex on-board training programme and a cadet’s record book.
Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time / Three years, including 12 months of sea-going experiential learning
Course is offered on Granger Bay Campus.
For any queries get in touch with:
Contact: Admin office
Telephone: +27 21 440 5752 / 5780
Contact: Ms Melanie Frieslich
Telephone: +27 21 440 5771
Contact: Ms Theresa Williams
Telephone: +27 21 440 5755
Fax: +27 21 440 5759