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The Nautical Science programme at CyMA aims in training Officers on merchant ships, based on the standards of the STCW International Convention (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers).

Upon completion of the 4 years of study, which also includes one year training on board, the graduates will obtain the Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch Competence and will have the opportunity to be promoted to Chief Officer and Master.

The Deck’s Department Officers are responsible for the navigation, maneuvering and safe handling of the ship, communications between ship and shore, the handling and delivery of cargo, and the operation of lifesaving devices.

The Master is the ultimate command of the vessel, acting on behalf of the ship’s owner.

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General Objectives

  1. Prepare students to become successful professional officers in charge of a navigational watch on the demanding area of Nautical science;
  2. Provide graduates the necessary knowledge and technical skills to excel in the marine industry as Second Officers and then promote into Chief Officers & Masters;
  3. Provide students with the fundamental principles of navigation and ship handling, safe ship operation, and shipboard administration, in order to cope successfully with the challenges of the marine industry;
  4. Cultivate analytical skills, problem solving tactics, and critical thinking;
  5. Promote ethics, job responsibility and moral practices;
  6. Establish the importance of the safe carrying out of the officer in charge of a navigational watch duties, both at sea and in port;
  7. Promote life-long learning and continuous education through Deck Officer trainings and advanced degrees;
  8. Cover at least the minimum International Maritime Organization (IMO) standard of competence for officer in charge of an officer in charge of a navigational watch (STCW 2010 Convention Chapter II, Section AII/1. IMO model course 7.03 Functions 1, 2 & 3);
  9. Develop skills for effective communication with co-workers, Chief Officers, Masters, shipping experts, and the public on topics related to technical concepts, risks, and recommendations;
  10. Offer an insight of the most important elements of the ship’s economic management so as to elevate the officer’s professional competitiveness.

Specific Objectives

  1. Equip students with fundamental knowledge and analytical skills, for the use of navigational equipment on board, along with simulators and laboratory experience in order to cope successfully in the challenging field of nautical science;
  2. Facilitate learning and training in the field of nautical science which are directly linked to industry and current state-of-the-art technology;
  3. Provide the theoretical and computational skills necessary for the solution of applied and theoretical marine problems in the field of nautical science;
  4. Provide practical and experimental hands-on and one year on-board experience that allows the students to link directly to fundamental knowledge and theory;
  5. Prepare students to work alone or in groups in order to provide solutions to various nautical problems/situations;
  6. Provide students the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge and technical competence in their field of expertise in order to become successful professional deck officers and promote the company’s vision;
  7. Obtain certain knowledge related to: Navigation; Cargo Handling and Stowage; Controlling the Operation of the Ship and Care of Persons on Board, all at the Operational level based on the IMO STCW (Standards of Training, Certifications and Watchkeeping) competency.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the students are expected to:

  1. Have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the processes and technologies involved in the field of nautical science;
  2. Use mathematics, physics, and navigation techniques to analyze and solve problems related to marine studies;
  3. Train on marine engines and nautical electronic instruments for specialized marine science functions;
  4. Learn definitions and specialized terminology of technical maritime English;
  5. Have knowledge on human resource management, leadership and administration, marine legal issues and maritime law;
  6. Be experienced in crisis management-risk assessment, safety on board and communications;
  7. Have in-depth knowledge of deck seamanship, navigation, marine meteorology, cargo transport and chartering-insurance;
  8. Familiarize with the concepts of COLREGS code, ECDIS & GMDSS systems, ARPA and ISPS-SSO, RADAR, BMS & BTM-BRM simulation;
  9. Train and get experience in using the various simulators (Bridge simulator, GMDSS & communications simulator, Cargo handling simulator);
  10. Have broad knowledge of MARPOL – Ballast Water Management;
  11. Get experience in navigation, maneuvering and safe handling of the ship;
  12. Communicate between ship and shore;
  13. Handle and deliver cargo;
  14. Operate all lifesaving devices;
  15. Have detailed knowledge of vessel elements, their structural parts and the basic principles of mechanical and naval architectural design;
  16. Communicate effectively with others using oral or written skills;
  17. Know the importance and benefits of life-long learning in the nautical science profession.
  18. Understand the operational basics of a maritime company, in order to communicate more effectively with the headquarters personnel.


Semester A

A/A Course Code Course Name Number of ECTS
1 MANS-101 Mathematics I 5
2 MANS-102 Physics I 4
3 ESP-103M Maritime English 5
4 MANS-111 Navigation Fundamentals 7
5 MANS-112 COLREGS – Safety of Watch 6
6 MANS-113 Communications 3

Between Semester A & B: CERT-01 – Basic Safety

Semester B

A/A Course Code Course Name Number of ECTS
1 MANS-103 Mathematics II 3
2 MANS-104 Physics II 4
3 MANS-114 Celestial Navigation 5
4 MANS-431 Maritime Law 3
5 MANS-131 Safety on Board 4
6 MANS-132 Deck Seamanship 7
7 MANS-133 Naval Architecture – Design 4

Summer Optional Training Onboard (2 Months)

Semester C

A/A Course Code Course Name Number of ECTS
1 MANS-211 Applied Navigation 7
2 MANS-212 Marine Meteorology 6
3 MANS-213 Nautical Electronic Instruments 6
4 MANS- 391 Computers 6
5 MANS-215 Marine Engines 3
6 MANS-491 Chartering Insurance 3

Semester D

A/A Course Code Course Name Number of ECTS
1 MANS-290 Practical Training on Board 30

Semester E

A/A Course Code Course Name Number of ECTS
1 MANS-311 GMDSS 7
2 MANS-331 Marine Legal Issues 5
3 MANS-332 Human Resource Management 4
4 MANS-333 Leadership and Administration 4
5 MANS-334 Crisis Management – Risk Assessment 4
6 MAGC-402 Safety and Risk Management 5

Semester F

A/A Course Code Course Name Number of ECTS
1 MAGC-301 Ship Management 3
2 MANS-321 Stability – Stresses 7
3 MANS-322 Cargo Transport 7
4 MANS-335 MARPOL – Ballast Water Management 4
5 MANS-336 Emergencies and SAR 5
6 MANS-337 Ship’s Inspections 4

Semester G

A/A Course Code Course Name Number of ECTS
1 MANS-290C Practical Training on Board 30

Semester H

A/A Course Code Course Name Number of ECTS
1 MANS-432 ISPS – SSO 3
2 MANS-411 ARPA – Watch Keeping 3
3 MANS-412 Simulation – BMS 3
4 MANS-214 RADAR 4
5 MANS-216 ECDIS 4
6 MANS-115 Simulation – BTM – BRM 3
7 MANS-490 Bachelor Thesis 10

Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

The general admission requirements for entry to an undergraduate program of study is a High School Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualification with an average grade of ‘15 out of 20′ (75%) or its equivalent. Also, the Nautical Science students are requested to have an average of 15/20 with a preference for a concentration in Mathematics or successful completion of Mathematics Diagnostic Test.

In addition to a strong academic record, we take into account the student’s involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and other relevant background information

Proficiency in the English Language: students should present at least a TOEFL score of 500, or IGCSE/GCE “O” Level with “C” or IELTS with a score of 6.0, or Cambridge First Certificate with a score of “B”, or Proficiency with a score of “C” or score placement at the ENGL-100 level of the University of Nicosia Placement Test.

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All future cadets admitting for the CyMA programs, need to undergo the Medical Fitness Certificate for Seafarers, which is based as per the STCW I/9 Regulation.

Additional Documents:

  • Clear criminal record certificate
  • 2 recent Passport type photos
  • Identity copy
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