The Department host a 4 years Nautical Science course after which students join a ship as trainee cadet officers. Nautical science imparts nautical technology knowledge which is important to become a deck officer on-board ship.
Theoretical and practical knowledge required for navigation, ship maintenance and operation is imparted during the 4 years course, along with exposure to some areas of humanities and social sciences. Hands-on training is extremely important as a deck officer and thus detailed procedure and maintenance techniques of important deck machinery is an integral part of this course.
Emphasise is also given on providing specialized knowledge on subjects such as seamanship and working in marine environment. Several modular courses that are required to join a ship are also included in the syllabus of nautical science, along with special training on boat handling, rope and ladder climbing.