Hochschule Bremen - University of Applied Sciences

Hochschule Bremen

International Degree Programme in Ship Management - Nautical Sciences B.Sc.

Course leaflet as pdf document

Course Start
winter semester

Application Period
Winter semester 2021/22:
01 until 31 July 2021

Entry Requirements
→ General university entry qualification ("Abitur") or restricted university entry qualification ("Fachhochschulreife") or classification test/special admission

→ Proof
English at level B 2 of the European Language Reference Framework

For further information, please refer to the admission requirements and further information on the programme at the end of this page under "Regulations and Guidelines" (download as PDF).

→ ! Note
Applications for the degree program International Ship Management - Nautical Sciences are possible without any practical sea service time.
Practical semesters as on-board internships are scheduled for the 3rd and 6th semester.
In total 12 months sea training are required in order to gain the Certificate of Competence to work on board.

→ ! INFO
Please be advised that for a job on board of a seagoing ship a personal medical health certificate and safety trainings are required. These are not part of the study course! It can be gathered during the course of studies from different providers. It is recommended to do medical health check even before starting studying in case there are any physical issues which might prevent you to work on board a ship.

Course Duration
8 semesters including two internship semester (each 6 months training on board) and bachelor thesis.

According to STCW and the German regulation (Seeleute-Befähigungsverordnung SeeBV) in total 12 months sea service are mandatory to gain a German STCW Certificate of Competence. A Training Record Book must document the times.

The training at sea can be gained as NOA (Apprentice/ Navigational Officer Assistant), by a German apprenticeship as Ship Mechanic (SM) or as Deck Cadet.
Approvals for sea service times will be given for NOA and SM by BBS (Berufsbild-ungsstelle See, Bremen), for all others it will be granted by the German flag state admin-istration BSH (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie, Hamburg).

The University recommends, to achieve the first 6 months sea service ahead of the study course as apprentice (as NOA or Ship Mechanic). Such sea service times will be credited to gain a Certificate of Competence. Approvals for sea service times will be given for NOA and SM by BBS (Berufsbildungsstelle See, Bremen), for all others by the German flag state administration BSH (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie, Hamburg).

Remaining sea services (which must be done in addition to the 6 months in the practical semester) may be achieved flexible by additional semesters in the study programme.

Language of instruction

Bachelor of Science
The STCW-Certificate of Competence as Navigational Officer Of the Watch (OOW) accord-ing STCW will be issued by the German flag state administration. In order to have it issued, it is mandatory to
- be graduated as B.Sc.,
- have the required 12 months training on board and
- have a language competency level B2 in German.

The degree program contains the theory also for the STCW management level (i.e. Chief Officer (C/O) and Master). Additional sea service is required to get the German Certificate of Competence as C/O or Master.

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  • Contact Person
    Questions concerning content and structure, sea service and certificate of competence:
    Name Phone E-Mail
    Colmorn, Ilknur, Prof. Dr. +49 421 5905 4134  send
    Registrar’s Office, Student Affairs
    (Application, Admission, Examination)
    Name Phone E-Mail
    Boelmans, Stefan +49 421 5905 4104  send

    Regulations and Guidelines

  • Examination Regulations

    Questions concerning content and structure, sea service and certificate of competence: +ServiceCenter+

    ISMN Service Center +49 421 5905 4857

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    An online information seminar for prospective students will take place on 2021-07-01 at 1:00 pm and on 2021-07-02 at 11 am


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