Diploma in Nautical Studies (DNS) EAE /DAE ONLY


Full-time application is open to GCE 'O' Level / SPM / UEC / GCE 'A' Level 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 pass the colour vision test as per The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). 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*.
  • 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

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
  • Computing / Computer Studies
  • Creative 3D Animation
  • Design & Technology
  • Electronics / Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Engineering Science
  • Food & Nutrition
  • 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.

GCE 'A' Level Qualification - Course Duration : 2.5 years^

i) General Paper (English Medium)
Knowledge & Inquiry
A - E
ii) H2 Mathematics A - E
iii) H2 Physics A - E

^ - Admission to the 2.5-year diploma course is based on merit.

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
Advanced Manufacturing / Engineering with Business
Aerospace Engineering
Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Engineering
Banking Services
Business Studies (Accounting) / Accounting
Business Studies (Administration) / Secretarial) / Administration
Business Studies (E-Commerce) / Business-Information Technology
Business Studies (Logistics) / Integrated Logistics Management /
Logistics for International Trade / International Logistics / Logistics Operations
Business Studies (Sport Management) / Sport Management
Civil & Structural Engineering Design
Community Sport & Recreation Management
E-Business Programming
Electrical Engineering
Electro-Mechanical Engineering
Electronics Engineering / Industrial Electronics Engineering
Facility Management
Facility Systems Design
Information Systems Quality
Information Technology
Manufacturing Engineering
Marine & Offshore Technology / Marine Offshore Engineering
Marine Engineering
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Design /
Mechanical & Electrical Drafting & Design
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Drawing & Design
Mechatronics Engineering
Mobile Unified Communications
Network Security Technology / Cyber & Networking Security
Offshore & Marine Engineering Design
Passenger Services
Performance Production
Process Plant Design
Shipping & Operations Services / Maritime Business
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 Mechanics /
Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology
Attractions Operations
Automotive Mechanics (Construction Equipment) /
Automotive Technology (Construction Equipment) /
Automotive Technology (Heavy Vehicles)
Automotive Mechanics (Light Vehicles) /
Automotive Technology (Light Vehicles) /
Diesel Engine Mechanics /
Motor Vehicle Mechanics
Building Servicing / Building Services Technology /
Building Services Technology (Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration) /
Building Services Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services) /
Facility Technology /
Facility Technology (Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration)
Chemical Process Technology /
Chemical Process Technology (Biologics) /
Chemical Process Technology (Petrochemicals) /
Chemical Process Technology (Pharmaceuticals) /
Chemical Process Technology (Process Instrumentation)
Electrical Fitting & Installation /
Electrical Installation & Servicing /
Electrical Technology /
Electrical Technology (Installation & Servicing)
Electrical Power & Machines /
Electrical Technology (Power & Control) /
Electrical Technology (Power & Machines)
Electrical Technology (Lighting & Sound)
Electro-Mechanical Servicing / Mechatronics /
Mechatronics (Automation Technology) /
Mechatronics (Equipment Assembly) /
Mechatronics (Medical Technology)
Electronics (Display Technology)
Electronics / Electronics Servicing /
Electronics (Broadband Technology & Services) /
Electronics (Computer & Networking) / Electronics (Computer Technology) / 
Electronics (Disk Media) / Electronics Instrumentation) /
Electronics (Manufacturing) / Electronics (Mobile Devices) /
Electronics (Video Technology) / Electronics (Wafer Fabrication) /
Electronics (Wireless LAN)
Electronics, Computer Networking and Communications
Facility Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services)
Facility Technology (Vertical Transportation) / Built Environment (Vertical Transportation)
Info-Communications Technology (Cloud Computing)
Info-Communications Technology /
Info-Communications Technology (Networking & System Administration) /
Infocomm Technology
Interactive Media Design
Maintenance Fitting / Mechanical Servicing /
Mechanical Technology
Marine Technology / Marine Mechanics
Mechanical-Electrical Drafting
Mobile Systems & Services /
Info-communications Technology (Mobile Networks & Applications)
Multimedia Technology
Precision Engineering (Aerospace)
Precision Machining / Precision Engineering (Machining)
Rapid Transit Technology
Semiconductor Technology / Electronics (Microelectronics)
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.

Chat with us