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Diploma (Conversion) in Maritime Business Management

Topic:Business Management, Others

Course Type:Part-Time Diploma and Post-Diploma Courses

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  • Course Date:

    15 Apr 2024 to 30 Sep 2026
  • Registration Period:

  • Time:

    12:00 AM to 12:00 AM,
    270 hours (1 year)
  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (Face-to-Face/ Online Synchronous) and Asynchronous E-Learning
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic (facilitated classroom training) and Online E-Learning
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed. You may register your interest and be notified with there is a new run.

Class schedule:
PDC1: Mon, Wed & Fri (6.30pm - 9.30pm)
PDC2: Mon, Tue & Thu (6.30pm - 9.30pm)

Course Duration: 
270 hours (1 year)

Please refer to Academic Calendar.

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Course Objective

Singapore has claimed the top spot in a survey as the world’s leading maritime cities for the 3rd consecutive time (The Straits Times, 2017). Singapore was also ranked first in the report's 2015 and 2012 surveys that were conducted by Norwegian consultancy firm Menon Economics. This year, Singapore was ranked number one in three categories: shipping, ports and logistics, and attractiveness and competitiveness

Work on the Tuas Port, which will be twice the size of Ang Mo Kio town, will also be opened progressively from 2021. When fully completed by 2040, it will be able to handle up to 65 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of cargo a year, more than double what the port handled in 2016.

In order to continue to maintain Singapore’s position as a global port hub and a premier international maritime centre, there is a need to establish a highly skilled and specialised workforce. Our Diploma (Conversion) in Maritime Business Management course is designed to equip the students with the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the demand of this industry.

Participants are required to bring computer notebook when attending lessons, as you may need it to access the e-learning materials, writing reports, etc.

The course is designed is to equip non-maritime graduates with the knowledge and skills in shipping operations and logistics/offshore management so that they can join the maritime industry as senior executives/junior managers and perform their jobs with a greater level of competence and understanding.

Course Outline

The course is a one-year part-time programme. The classes are conducted in the evening. There are 3 modules in each part at 45 hours per module, which make up a total of 135 hours for each part and 270 hours for the whole course.

This course consists of 2 post diploma certificates (PDCs) conducted over 2 semesters, 1 PDC per semester. The first PDC to start with is PDC1. Each PDC comprises three modules and the details are as follows:

Please click here for Module Synopsis

This course consists of 2 post diploma certificates (PDC1 and PDC2). Each PDC consists of three modules.

PDC 1 Certificate in Shipping Business and Operations
Maritime Economics and Shipbroking
Maritime Law and Insurance
Port and Cargo Management

PDC 2 Certificate in Ship Management and Offshore
Marketing and Financial Management
Ship Management and Surveying
Marine Offshore Operations

Minimum Requirements

Applicants with the following qualifications from a recognized Institution may be considered:

  • Polytechnic Diploma in any discipline, or
  • Degree in any discipline, or
  • Deck/Marine Engineer Officer Class 2 Certificate of Competency

Non-Singaporeans must be working in Singapore and possess a valid Employment Pass / Work Permit / Dependant’s Pass throughout the course duration. They would need to bear the full risk of non-completion should their pass expire within the duration of the course.

* Foreign qualifications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of two Certificates within a two-year validity period, the participant will be conferred a Diploma (Conversion) qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.

Graduates from the NVMBM course that have passed all the modules with a minimum GPA 3.0 can be accepted into the final year phase of the Bachelor Degree programmes offered by both the University of Plymouth and Solent University in U.K.

Suitable for

This course is suitable for shipping, logistics and offshore executives and higher, currently working in the maritime industry but do not possess maritime qualifications or relevant sea-going experience. This course is also suitable for professionals in other relevant fields who are keen to switch to a career in the maritime industry and nautical/engineering sea going junior officers who may be keen to supplement their technical skills with commercial and shore based operational knowledge to prepare them for a shore-based career in the maritime industry.

Course Fees

The course fees payable above are inclusive of 8% GST rate.

Applicants/Eligibility Certificate in Shipping Business & Operation Certificate in Ship Management & Offshore Total Fees
SINGAPORE CITIZENS BELOW THE AGE OF 40 $487.52 $487.52 $975.04
SINGAPORE CITIZENS AGED 40 AND ABOVE $325.01 $325.01 $650.03
SINGAPORE PR $1,335.53 $1,335.53 $2,671.06
SME-SPONSORED SINGAPORE PR $408.08 $408.08 $816.16
REPEAT STUDENTS (for SC) $3,250.13 $3,250.13 $6,500.25
OTHERS / REPEAT STUDENTS (for PR) $3,338.82 $3,338.82 $6,677.64

*SC - Singapore Citizens
**PR - Permanent Residents


Other Fees Payable:

Fee DescriptionPer semester (after GST)
Singapore CitizensSingapore PR and others
Examination Fee-$16.20
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49 $7.56
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01 $1.02
Insurance Fee (GPA)$2.25 $2.27

- The fees shown (inclusive of 8% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- As announced at Budget 2022, there will be no increase in government fees and charges for Singaporeans from 1 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023.

- Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.

Refund Policy:

- Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement, 50% refund of paid course fee.

- Withdraw on or after date of semester commencement, no refund of paid course fee.

Please note that other fees paid are non-refundable.

Application Procedure

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