Diploma (Conversion) in Maritime Business Management


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 to when attending lessons, as you may need it to access the e-learning materials, writing reports, etc.


Course Objectives

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.


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.

Minimum Entry 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.

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:

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This course consists of 3 post diploma certificates (PDC1, PDC 2A and PDC 2B). Each PDC consists of three modules. Students will choose either PDC 2A or PDC 2B in Semester 2, but only one PDC will be offered depending on the sign up rate.

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

PDC 2A Certificate in Ship Management and Logistics
Marketing and Financial Management
Ship Management and Surveying
Supply Chain Management

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

Award / 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.

Course Fees

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Diploma (Conversion) in Maritime Business Management
Post Diploma Certificates (PDC) Singapore Citizens Below the age of 40 Singapore Citizens
Aged 40 and above
Singapore PR Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme Workfare Training Support scheme Others / Repeat Students
Certificate in Shipping Business and Operations $411.68 $274.46 $1,097.82 $283.43 $155.18 $2,744.55
Certificate in Ship Management and Logistics or
Certificate in Ship Management and Offshore
$411.68 $274.46 $1,097.82 $283.43 $155.18 $2,744.55
Total Course Fees: $823.36 $548.92 $2,195.64 $566.86 $310.36 $5,489.10

Other Fees Payable:

Fee Description Per semester (after GST)
Singapore Citizens Singapore PR and others
Examination Fee - $16.05
Miscellaneous Fee $7.49   $7.49
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS) $0.94   $0.94
Insurance Fee (GPA) $0.85   $0.85
Total $9.28 $25.33

*Not subjected to GST

- The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

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

- Post diploma course participants who submit withdrawal notification more than 2 weeks before semester commencement, an administrative fees of $50 + GST would be levied.

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Terms and Conditions

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Date of Course Commencement:
15 Oct 2018

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Academic Calendar

Registration Period:
1 Jun - 31 Jul 2018

*Registration may be closed once seats are filled up

Class Schedule:
3 evenings a week
6.30pm to 9.30pm

270 hours (1 year)


Email: ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg