Maritime has long been one of the main pillars of Gibraltar’s economy and a key driver for growth and trade. Gibraltar’s geographical location gives it access to four major shipping ‘arteries’ which makes it one of the world’s busiest shipping routes. It is also the largest bunkering port in the Mediterranean, has direct air links to the UK and enjoys over 10,000 ship calls and 20,000 crew changes per year. With its bustling port and ever changing sea conditions and weather, Gibraltar grants itself the means to mimic ports and different weather conditions worldwide.
Thanks to Gibraltar’s status as a Centre of Maritime Excellence, there really is no better place to begin your maritime education and career.
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BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Cadetship programme

This 3-year programme combines academic qualifications with practical training through MNTB-aligned, MCA-approved, guaranteed placements. As a student you can choose your pathway, be that at sea (nautical or engineering) or shore side, and graduate with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter the maritime industry and succeed.
The cadetship is totally optional meaning that students who already have technical training have the freedom to complete the academic BSc (Hons) Maritime Science programme without the cadetship.
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Key Features

1) Guaranteed Placements

We collaborate with the Gibraltar Port Authority and the Gibraltar Maritime Administration to arrange placements with reputable and well-regulated organisations. This ensures that our students benefit from guaranteed cadetship placements with major operators (e.g. GibOil, Peninsula Petroleum, Grimaldi Group, Minerva Bunkering etc).

2) MCA Approved

Our programme has obtained UK Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) Approval with reduced sea time of 12 months. This means that our qualification has met the requirements of the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code (II/1 and II/2 – Deck and III/1 and III/2 – Engineering).

3) Fully Qualified in Just Over 3 Years

Become a qualified seafarer, and achieve your BSc and Officer of the Watch (OOW) qualifications in just over 3 years. This includes the required 12-month sea time for the Cadetship, available thanks to our guaranteed placements, and STCW training courses.

Our programme equips graduates with the skills required now and in the future. It is an academically challenging and professionally oriented programme providing students with knowledge of maritime operations. MCA-Approved and MNTB-aligned, it is designed to facilitate learning via a hands-on approach. This enables graduates to operate in an international and multi-cultural environment effectively.”

Capt. Sukhjit Singh, Head of the School (Maritime Science)

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Meet some of our Students

  • "I have settled into studying well, and alongside gaining knowledge, have found myself ever-more passionate about the Maritime industry."

    Jacob McGowan-Griffin

    BSc (Hons) Maritime Science

  • "Regarding the placement, it is a hands-on means of finding out where the maritime industry currently stands. "

    Thomas Barry Penalver

    BSc (Hons) Maritime Science

  • "I would recommend this programme because the University is a very small place, and you can get exactly what you want out of the lectures and learning. Everybody here is very helpful. "

    Spencer Jooste

    BSc (Hons) Maritime Science

  • Jacob McGowan-Griffin

    BSc (Hons) Maritime Science

  • Thomas Barry Penalver

    BSc (Hons) Maritime Science

  • Spencer Jooste

    BSc (Hons) Maritime Science

Our Programme

  • MSc

    MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations

    The programme is designed to empower managers within the shore-based industry and offer a pathway for seafaring officers to transition into shore-based management roles.[...]

    2 Years

    No Placement option

    Part Time

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  • BSc (Hons) & Cadetship

    BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Cadetship programme

    Our BSc (Hons) Maritime Science programmes are aligned to the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) standards.[...]

    3 Years

    Yes Placement option

    Full Time

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For more information on the University of Gibraltar Maritime Academy, click HERE.