Master & Chief Mate (Unlimited) – Examination Route

This Master & Chief Mate (Unlimited) – Examination Route programme enables candidates to achieve Chief Mate and Master certification by the SQA examination route.

Candidates will receive tuition and assessment in HND (Nautical Science) Level 5 units, the NAEST and HELM (Management Level) courses as well as preparation for the SQA examinations in ‘Navigation’ & ‘Ship Stability’, and MCA Signals & Orals examinations.

Candidates must also hold an STCW certificate in ‘Proficiency in Medical Care aboard Ship’ before taking their MCA Orals. Additionally, candidates who completed the NAEST(O) course prior to 1st January 2005 must have completed an IMO Model 1.27 ECDIS course before undertaking the NAEST(M) course. Both of these courses can be undertaken outside of the main course.

Once a Chief Mate Certificate of Competency (CoC) has been achieved, candidates must complete 36 months’ watchkeeping service while holding an OOW unlimited II/1 Certificate of Competency before undertaking examination for Master certification. This period may be reduced to 24 months if at least 12 months of such seagoing service has been served as Chief Mate while holding a Chief Mate unlimited II/2 CoC.

For additional information, please review the Maritime Career Progression Charts for deck certification.

Course content

Term 1

HND Nautical Science Level 5 units in Passage Planning and Advanced Ship Stability.
Prep for SQA exams in Navigation and Ship Stability (undertaken at the end of the first term.
Navigation Aids & Equipment Simulator Training (Management Level) course – NAEST(M)
Human Element, Leadership & Management (Management Level) – HELM(M)

Term 2

HND Nautical Science Level 5 units in Cargo and Port Operations, Law and Management and Bridge and Engineering Systems.

Term 3

Preparation for MCA Signals examination and MCA Oral examination.

Note: Students may take the MCA Oral exam during the third term to complete the course early.

Course Availability & Fees

Please contact the Admissions and Recruitment team for further information:

Tel: +44 (0)23 8201 5015