Satakunta University of Applied Sciences offers one of the most exciting and diverse career paths in maritime industry. The program is for anyone who aspires to become a member of a seafaring crew through completing the required certificates of proficiency. Maritime academies in Scandinavia have a long reputation for delivering an outstanding curriculum, which prepares students for finding their own niche in the field.
The aim of this degree is to give students one of the most exciting and diverse study paths, while also allowing students to gain valuable knowledge and practical skills during their years of study in SAMK. Maritime degrees are very high-quality in Scandinavia, which gives the students a much better chance at getting management level positions upon graduation from SAMK.
Maritime studies in SAMK comply with the standards set for the contents of the training by the international conventions (STCW). During your studies you have an opportunity to apply for an exchange program and earn credits while studying abroad in any of the partner schools of SAMK. Onboard training can also be completed partly or entirely abroad.
While proceeding in your studies, you gradually learn to work in a challenging environment and to make quick decisions. You will also get used to the special demands of life at sea, such as being able to adapt to different situations, to take responsibility and to be flexible.
The main modules of your studies include:
- Navigation and Ship Handling
- Shipping Technology and Shipping Economics
- Seamanship and Leadership Skills
- Ship Service and Maintenance and Ship Building
- Ship Engines and Technical Systems
- Maritime Law and Legislation
- Ship Safety and Emergency Management
By the end of your study years in SAMK, you will need to deliver a bachelor’s thesis which demonstrates your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in practical expert duties related to the professional studies.
Seafarers with a Scandinavian degree in Maritime studies are in high demand, especially for management level positions. Depending on their work experience they often work as officers, chief officers or Masters on board the ships.
Later in their career many seafarers seek employment on shore. Typical land-based careers include work at port organizations or in stevedoring companies, in shore organizations of shipping companies or in chartering agencies. Moreover, other suitable jobs are working as a maritime inspector, maritime expert or as a pilot.