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Bachelor's degree in Nautical Science and Maritime Transport

The bachelor’s degree in Nautical Science and Maritime Transport will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for optimal management of navigation manoeuvres, safety and pollution prevention, special cargoes, radio-electronic systems, and other specialised matters. You will also get a good grounding in meteorology, computer representation and design techniques, maritime legislation and regulations, and the organisation, management, marketing and financing of maritime businesses. You can choose between two majors: 

Major in On-Board Practicals
You will be assigned to a merchant ship as a trainee to complete part of the work experience component required to qualify as a merchant marine pilot.

Major in Maritime Business and Port Logistics
You will learn how the agents involved in maritime business and port logistics operate, focusing on a range of subjects, including management, planning, legislation, economics, international maritime business and short sea shipping. This major is taught in English.


  • On-Board Practicals
  • Maritime Business and Port Logistics
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General details

4 years
Study load
240 ECTS credits (including the bachelor's thesis). One credit is equivalent to a study load of 25-30 hours.
Language of instruction

Check the language of instruction for each subject (and timetable) in the course guide in the curriculum.

Information on language use in the classroom and students’ language rights.

Fees and grants
Approximate fees per academic year: €1,107 (€2,253 for non-EU residents). Consult the public fees system based on income (grants and payment options).
Barcelona School of Nautical Studies (FNB)
Official degree
Recorded in the Ministry of Education's degree register


Registration and enrolment
What are the requirements to enrol in a bachelor's degree course?
Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.

Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities
  • Marina management.
  • Inspection of fishing vessels.
  • Maritime traffic control.
  • Legal assessment in maritime law.
  • Shipping agencies.
  • Technical and management positions at state ports.
  • Safety inspection.
  • Technical positions with cargo handling companies.
  • Pilotage.
  • Teaching.

Organisation: academic calendar and regulations

Academic calendar
General academic calendar for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees courses
Academic regulations
Academic regulations for bachelor’s degree courses at the UPC
Language certification and credit recognition
Queries about language courses and certification
Barcelona School of Nautical Studies (FNB) Barcelona School of Nautical Studies (FNB)


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  • OptionalECTS
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