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Engineering Discipline

Higher Diploma in Maritime Studies

Programme code EG114712

Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
(Planned Places)
Maritime Services Training Institute - 60

(This programme would be conducted at IVE (Tuen Mun) and Maritime Services Training Institute in Tai Lam Chung.)

Average Result of Admitted Students in 2018 (Note 1)
Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. An "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2", "Level 3" and "Level 4" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. Applicable to holders of Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) (students admitted to DVE in AY2017/18 or before are required to complete prescribed further studies modules).
  4. 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.
Programme Aims
This 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.
This 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.
Career Prospects
Graduates can serve 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, 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 Marine Department of HKSAR (
Graduates can apply for admission to the following programme :
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Operations Management# offered by The Solent University, UK.

# It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE for the registered course no.
Professional Recognition
Graduates will be granted a remission of sea service by the Marine Department of Hong Kong SAR when appearing for the examination leading to the issue of Class 3 Deck Officer Certificate of Competency, Sea-going or River Trade.
  1. Average result in 2018 refers to average score of the best 5 HKDSE subjects, including English Language and Chinese Language, of admitted students in 2018 for reference only.
    (Scoring scale: 5**=7 points; 5*=6 points; 5=5 points; 4=4 points; 3=3 points; 2=2 points; 1=1 point)
  2. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.