Diploma in Nautical Science
Level 6

Diploma in Nautical Science

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  • Locations and dates


    17 February 2022
    (12 August excludes STCW Basic Training)
    25 July 2022
    (12 August excludes STCW Basic Training)
  • Length

    Duration will vary depending on your sea-time and any prior qualifications you may have. The programme includes a 36-43 weeks full time block course here in Nelson.

  • Total credits


  • Fees


    Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies ($240 for fulltime students).
    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


This qualification is an approved training programme for MNZ Watchkeeper Deck (or IMO STCW II/1 Officer of the Watch).

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Located in Nelson, the International Maritime Institute of New Zealand (IMINZ) is part of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). Since 1976 when we opened as the New Zealand School of Fisheries, we have been training outstanding seafarers. At IMINZ we offer a range of qualifications for both entry level and experienced seafarers.

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This programme is for mariners who meet the requirements of Maritime New Zealand (MNZ)(external link) to apply for their Watchkeeper Deck Certificate of Competency, please see the Watchkeeper Deck MNZ guidelines(external link) for more information.

This qualification is also a recognised programme for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)(external link) certificate STCW II/1 Officer of the Watch (OOW).

Key information for students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements Learn more

Academic requirements: NCEA Level 2 OR a qualification on the NZQF at Level 4 or above in a related discipline. Alternative requirements: Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry Requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry by the Curriculum Manager or delegate. English language requirements: If English is not the applicant s first language, applicants will need to provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Table: IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in each band) Note: Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact NMIT for an assessment Applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

Detailed requirements
More information about entry to this qualification

Duration Learn more

3 Years

Tuition fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees Learn more $5,744 $17,233
Government tuition subsidy Learn more $13,339 $40,017
TOTAL Learn more $19,083 $57,250
Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information Learn more StudyLink

Student success Learn more

Student success data is unavailable for this qualification.

National Graduate Outcomes Learn more

3 years after completion
Median earnings Learn more $54,388
Earnings range Learn more $38,136 - $79,921
In employment Learn more 58%
In further study Learn more 28%
On a benefit Learn more N/A

Note: All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Learn more about Key Information for Students










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