Singapore Maritime Academy

Leader of maritime education and training with sophisticated laboratories and workshops

Diploma in Nautical Studies (DNS) EAE/DAE only

Overview Entry Requirements What You'll Study Your Future

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 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*.

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.

Financial Matters

Find out more about course fees and financial assistance schemes.

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.


Nitec Qualification

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


International Qualifications

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


Contact us

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

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