Singapore Maritime Academy

Leader of maritime education and training with sophisticated laboratories and workshops

What You'll Study

First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
LC8001 General Education 1
Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
LC8002 General Education 2
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
MA1061 W/S Practice 1
Provides students with basic practical skills and knowledge in Bench-fitting and Centre Lathe machine operation. The subject also aims to develop safety consciousness and proper work attitudes in the students. With the knowledge and practical skills gained students will be able to use workshop tools and carry out basic machining.
MA1064 W/S Practice 2
Provides students with basic knowledge and practical skills in Gas and Arc Welding. The module also aims to develop safety consciousness and proper work attitudes in students. With the knowledge and skills gained students will be able to perform simple welding jobs on board a ship.
MA1071 Instrumentation
Provides students with a knowledge and understanding of different types of measuring instruments and transducers used in industry for automation and control. They will be introduced to simple industrial pneumatic and hydraulic systems, and the basic components found them.
MA1108 Marine Engineering Knowledge
This module is designed to provide students with an introduction to ship's systems and operations. It will familiarise them with the principles of propulsion machinery and working of various shipboard auxiliaries and systems. The module is also designed to provide the students the necessary marine engineering knowledge and skills so as to enable them to work as junior executives in a ship management company.
MA1112 Basic Occupational Safety and Security Training
Covers Personal Safety and Social Responsibility which familiarises students with the code of safe working practices on board a ship. The aspects covered include fire precaution, and fire prevention and fire fighting. The training develops the students to react in a correct manner in the event of an outbreak of fire, to take appropriate measures for the safety of personnel and of the ship, and to use fire appliances correctly. The module covers Personal Survival Techniques which provides the students with the essential knowledge of types and handling of survival crafts, principles of survival and rescue techniques.
MA1114 Electric Circuits
Provides students with a sound knowledge of the fundamental principles of Electrical Technology. It supports further work in the course.
MA1115 Basic Thermodynamics
This is a foundation course on basic engineering principle of thermodynamics and provides an understanding of the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics.
MA1116 Engineering Drawing
Provides students with the knowledge and understanding of Engineering Drawing Principles. They are required to produce isometric sketches, and assembly drawings of marine engineering parts.
MA1117 Naval Architecture 1
Provides students with an understanding of the basic concepts in ship geometry, flotation and transverse as well as longitudinal stability of a ship under various loading conditions.
MS7102 Basic Mathematics
Equips students with basic mathematical knowledge and skills in algebra, trigonometry and calculus to solve engineering problems encountered in their course of studies. It also serves as a foundation for further mathematics in the subsequent modules.
MS7202 Engineering Mathematics 1
Builds on the foundation laid in MS7102. It equips students with more mathematical skills and knowledge to handle engineering problems encountered in their course of studies. Among the topics covered are complex numbers, trigonometry and applications of differentiation and integration. The module also serves as a foundation for further work in the subsequent module, Engineering Mathematics II (MS7302).
SP101A Education and Career Guidance 1
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
LC0656 Communicating for Project Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with skills in effective communication, teamwork and interpersonal communication, and report writing.
LC8003 Social Innovation Project
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment, and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
LC8004 General Education 3
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
MA1069 Marine Engg Knowledge 2
Provides students with further knowledge and understanding of the marine diesel engine and its auxiliary systems. Using the state of art engine room simulator, students are taught the basics of various plan systems of a ship.
MA1073 CAD
Provides students with the knowledge and skills to produce engineering drawings using a computerised-aided drafting system.
MA1080 Auxiliary Machinery
Provides students with an understanding of the construction and operating principles of various auxiliary machinery used in ships. Students learn to appreciate the integration of different equipment and auxiliaries to form a system. The management aspect of the system is also covered.
MA1082 Integrated Control
Provides knowledge and understanding of shipboard process controls. Basic control theory is introduced to allow essential details in control systems to be analysed and understood.
MA1092 Electronics
Introduces students to basic analogue electronic devices with regards to their operation and applications. This knowledge will familiarise students with components used in control circuits of various systems used on board a ship.
MA1104 Naval Architecture 2
Builds upon the foundation given in the module Naval Architecture I to acquire further understanding of the principles in ship design and construction. It provides students with an understanding of intact and damaged ship stability, ship propulsion, sea keeping and manoeuvring, ship strength and ship structure.
MA1118 Engineering Mechanics
Builds on previous work done in Applied Mechanics. It introduces the principles of Strength of Materials which is applied to analyse the effects of bending and torsion on structures and engineering materials. This module also studies the flow characteristics of fluid in pumps and pumping systems. In addition, it deals with the dynamics of running machinery under load and the influence of mechanical vibration commonly encountered in engineering systems.
MA1119 Integrated Workshop Practice
Provides students with the knowledge and skills in carrying out various workshop processes to fabricate sheet metal items, and overhaul and repair simple machinery parts. This module reinforces the basic skills and knowledge acquired in Workshop Practice I and II.
Modules are continuously assessed
MA1120 Applied Thermodynamics
Provides students with the understanding to apply the knowledge of thermodynamic laws and cycles, and heat transfer in piston air compressors, refrigerating and air conditioning plants, and combustion processes.
MA1121 Marine Engine Room Simulator Training
In order to develop the cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills of students, module is delivered through the practical sessions at the Marine Engine Simulator. Instruction is based on structured laboratory notes and series of practical real life exercises.
MS7302 Engineering Mathematics 2
Provides students with more knowledge and skills in mathematics. Topics covered include advanced methods of integration, differential equations, statistics and probability which support the analytical requirements of other modules in the course.
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
IF9002 / IF9003 26 weeks Internship Programme
This programme provides students with the opportunity of local or overseas attachment to industry companies for a 26 week period whereby they can gain working experiences and exposure to industrial practices beyond the structured curriculum.
LC0657 Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the essential communication and interpersonal skills necessary for work and the pursuit of further studies.
MA1125 Naval Architecture Design and Project
Naval Architecture Design and Project work aims to provide students with an opportunity to integrate and apply multidisciplinary skills and knowledge in a problem-solving environment. It seeks to inculcate in students the ability to choose and apply problem-solving techniques appropriate to the chosen tasks. The skills and other learning objectives set out in previously completed modules are to be developed through the process of carrying out a project.
MA1077 Marine Workshop Practice
Students develop skills and confidence in overhauling marine machinery through a series of practical hands-on exercises in the marine workshop. With this knowledge and skills, the students will be able to carry out simple routine maintenance and basic repairs on ships machinery. Safety at the workplace is also inculcated in the students.
MA1094 Electric Machines and Systems
Provides students with the knowledge and understanding of shipboard electrical machines and distribution systems. This will enable them to effectively contribute to the running, maintenance and fault diagnosis of electrical equipment.
MA1100 Software Application for Naval Architecture
This module provides students with the basic knowledge and concepts in ship design and production with the aid of a naval architectural software application package. Students will learn to use the software to generate ship hull form in preliminary design and for full production fairing, to compute ship hydrostatics, to assess stability of a ship under different loading conditions, to model ship structures in 3D as well as to generate 2D drawings and other relevant data from the model database for ship production.


Please note: Course structure subjected to change.


I encourage all 'O' level students to aspire to become a qualified Marine Engineer. At the moment, there is an acute shortage of such trained professionals in the maritime industry. Indeed, a very challenging and rewarding career awaits everyone of them. I would be pleased to answer all your queries so that you can be sure that this course is the right one for you.

Mr Pang Tow Min
Course Chairman