Singapore Maritime Academy

Leader of maritime education and training with sophisticated laboratories and workshops

Entry Requirements

Full-time application is open to GCE 'O' Level / SPM / UEC holders and ITE graduates.

Applicants must ensure that they have good eyesight (i.e. visual acuity unaided of 6/60 in both eyes and with visual aids of 6/6 in the better eye and at least 6/9 in the other eye). Applicants must also not suffer from colour vision deficiency. Any offer of admission will be conditional upon applicants showing proof of having passed the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Sight Test which is conducted at the Singapore Polytechnic Optometry Centre or by General Practitioners*.

All applicants must be sponsored by a Singapore shipping company. Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview conducted by the Singapore Maritime Academy. International students are required to find a Singapore shipping company of their choice that is prepared to offer them an internship for phase 2 of this course.

* Procedure for Conduct of MPA Sight Test

  • The applicant must print a copy of the MPA Application for Sight Test form.
  • The applicant must bring the printed form to any Singapore registered doctor for the test. All Singapore registered doctors are qualified to conduct the MPA Sight Test.
  • After the test, the attending doctor must complete the MPA "Application for Sight Test" form. The completed form should be duly signed and stamped by the doctor.

GCE 'O' Level / SPM / UEC Qualifications

Applicants must obtain:

i) The following GCE 'O' Level grades at not more than two sittings and

ii) 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus points)

Subject Grade
i) English Language (as 1st Language) 1 - 7*
ii) Mathematics (Elementary / Additional) 1 - 6
iii)Any two other subjects 1 - 6

In order to be eligible for admission, an applicant must have also sat for one of the following subjects:

  • Additional Combined Science
  • Additional Science
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Computer Studies
  • Creative 3D Animation
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering Science
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • General Science
  • Human & Social Biology
  • Integrated Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

* Applicants offering SPM / UEC qualifications must attain a minimum grade A+ to C / 1 to 6 for their Bahasa Inggeris (1119) / English Language. SPM Grades A+ to C are equivalent to GCE 'O' Level Grades 1 to 6.

Higher Nitec Qualification

Higher Nitec holders must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0.

Unless otherwise stated, the course duration of a Diploma course is 3 years.

Relevant Higher Nitec
Aerospace Engineering
Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Engineering
Banking Services
Business-Information Technology / E-Commerce
Business Studies (Administration) / Business Studies (Secretarial)
Business Studies (Sport Management)
Civil & Structural Engineering Design
Community Sport & Recreation Management
Cyber & Networking Security (previously known as Network Security Technology)
E-Business Programming
Electrical Engineering
Electro-Mechanical Engineering
Electronics Engineering / Industrial Electronics Engineering
Engineering with Business (previously known as Advanced Manufacturing)
Facility Management
Facility Systems Design
Information Systems Quality
Information Technology
Integrated Logistics Management / Logistics / Logistics for International Trade
Manufacturing Engineering
Marine Engineering
Marine & Offshore Technology / Marine Offshore Engineering
Mechanical & Electrical Drafting & Design / Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Design
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Drawing & Design
Mechatronics Engineering
Mobile Unified Communications
Offshore & Marine Engineering Design
Passenger Services
Performance Production
Process Plant Design
Shipping & Operations Services
Visual Merchandising
Wireless Technology

Nitec Qualification

Nitec holders must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5.

Relevant Nitec
Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration /
Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology /
Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanics
Attractions Operations
Automotive Mechanics (Construction Equipment) /
Automotive Technology (Heavy Vehicles) /
Automotive Technology (Construction Equipment)
Automotive Technology (Light Vehicles) /
Automotive Mechanics (Light Vehicles) /
Motor Vehicle Mechanics /
Diesel Engine Mechanics
Chemical Process Technology
Electrical Technology /
Electrical Technology (Installation & Servicing) /
Electrical Installation & Servicing /
Electrical Fitting & Installation
Electrical Technology (Lighting & Sound)
Electrical Technology (Power & Control) /
Electrical Technology (Power & Machines) /
Electrical Power & Machines
Electronics (Display Technology)
Electronics / Electronics Servicing
Facility Technology (Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration) /
Building Services Technology /
Building Services Technology (Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration) /
Building Services Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services) /
Building Servicing
Facility Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services)
Facility Technology (Vertical Transportation)
Info-Communications Technology
Info-Communications Technology (Cloud Computing)
Info-Communications Technology (Mobile Networks & Applications) -  
previously known as Mobile Systems & Services
Interactive Media Design
Marine Mechanics / Marine Technology
Mechanical-Electrical Drafting
Mechanical Technology /
Maintenance Fitting /
Mechanical Servicing
Mechatronics / Electro-Mechanical Servicing
Multimedia Technology
Precision Engineering (Aerospace)
Precision Engineering (Machining) / Precision Machining
Rapid Transit Technology
Semiconductor Technology
Social Media & Web Development
Visual Communication
Visual Effects

International Qualifications

Students with international qualifications should refer to the Entry Criteria for International Qualifications.

Financial Matters

Find out more about course fees and financial assistance schemes.


Contact us

Singapore Maritime Academy
Tel:  (65) 6775 1133
Fax: (65) 6772 1958

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