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Higher Diploma in Maritime Studies (Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme)

Higher Diploma in Maritime Studies
Programme Aims

The programme provides students with professional maritime knowledge, practical skills for shipboard operations and training on practices in maritime industries for the purpose of preparing them to pursue further study and development in the seafaring career and marine-related sectors.
The programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.

Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
Maritime Service Training Institute (MSTI)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

Graduates may be employed in the merchant navy as deck cadets. They may also find their job opportunities in ship management / agency companies, ferry companies, stevedoring / sea freight agents, dockyards, warehousing / container terminals, fuel / inventory supply companies, marine consultancy companies, Marine Department or disciplinary forces of HKSAR Government, etc. Subject to the continuing implementation of Sea-going Training Incentive Scheme by the Government, graduates undergoing their cadet training aboard ocean-going vessels are eligible to receive training incentives from the Government. For details, please visit the website of the Marine Department of HKSAR (


Graduates may apply for the upgrading courses leading to issue the Class 3 Deck Officer Certificate of Competency, Sea-going or River Trade.

Professional Recognition

Graduates will be granted a remission of sea service by the Marine Department of HKSAR when appearing for the examination leading to the issue of Class 3 Deck Officer Certificate of Competency, Sea-going or River Trade. Graduates who has attained to required results in their study can also be exempted from the written examination papers.

  1. Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.
  2. During Year 1 of the programme, students are required to take a medical check at their own expense. Applicants should note that some marine-related employers may impose requirements on physical attributes such as good eye-sight and no colour blindness.
  3. For details please contact :
    Maritime Services Training Institute : 2458 3833

Semester 1:

  • English & Communication: Workplace Interaction
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • IT Essentials - Smart Living
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics for Maritime Studies
  • General Ship Knowledge (A)
  • Navigational Watch-keeping
  • Ocean Navigation (A)
  • Electronic Navigation Systems (A)
  • Cargo Work (A)
  • Occupational Training (B)


Semester 2:

  • English & Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part A)
  • Ship Construction and Maintenance
  • General Ship Knowledge (B)
  • Ocean Navigation (B)
  • Electronic Navigation Systems (B)
  • Ship Stability (A)
  • Occupational Training (A)


Semester 3:

  • English & Communication: Persuasive Presentation
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part B)
  • Chartwork & Coastal Navigation
  • Cargo Work (B)
  • Ship Stability (B)


Semester 4:

  • English & Communication : Promotional Materials
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Passage Planning (A)
  • Bridge Resource Management
  • Ocean Navigation (C)
  • Marine Meteorology
  • Ship Safety / Security and Emergency Responses
  • Enrichment Module A
  • Common Elective Module


Semester 5:

  • English & Communication: Reports
  • Maritime Law and Insurance
  • Passage Planning (B)
  • Ship Business & Safety Management
  • Marine Engineering and Control
  • Project (Phase 1)
  • Occupational Training (C) Part A
  • Enrichment Module B


Semester 6:

  • Project (Phase 2)
  • Occupational Training (C) Part B
  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Fire Prevention, Fire Fighting and Advanced Fire Fighting (Combined)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats

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