Naval Science

Admission to Program

This Program is only open to Officer Cadets already employed by the UAE Defense Force. Admission to the Program is conducted annually by a committee nominated by the General Head Quarters of the Armed Forces (GHQ). The number of cadets admitted to the Naval College is determined by the general policy of GHQ.

Program Mission

The Program provides graduates with the scientific/ technological knowledge, communication and leadership skills required to exploit the increasingly complex technologies involved in modern naval operations. The planned curriculum integration aims to produce graduates with the necessary scientific, technical, communication and cognitive skills to enable them to function effectively as naval officers while ensuring that the HCT Graduate Outcomes for graduates of the Higher Colleges of Technology are met. The Program will produce graduates capable of working as effective executive officers in the UAE Navy.

Program Description

The curriculum is meticulously structured to facilitate academic learning and military training concurrently. As the cadets engage in their educational journey at the Naval College, they focus on academic excellence and professional development to augment their intellectual acumen, professional expertise, and vocational aptitude. Furthermore, a significant emphasis is placed on military education and training, which are integral in cultivating the requisite character and leadership attributes befitting officers in the UAE Naval Forces.

This program encompasses a suite of academically rigorous courses, each bearing direct relevance to naval operations, seamlessly integrated with professional training modules. These courses are specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of future executive officers in the UAE Navy. The curriculum is designed to offer cadets an optimal amalgamation of military knowledge, naval science, leadership competencies, management skills, and practical professional training.

The program incorporates a wide range of subjects to establish a comprehensive foundation in academic skills and intellectual capacity. These include management, Emirati studies, physics, mathematics, information technology, and various scientific and technical courses. Additionally, fundamental courses in the English language and effective communication are included to enhance the cadets' reflective abilities on their performance and capabilities as professional naval officers. This diverse educational spectrum fosters their understanding of their nation and enhances their global awareness. Key communication skills, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning abilities are developed, aligning with the program's objectives.

The program introduces a series of specialized professional courses in naval sciences in the final stages of the cadets' educational journey. These are meticulously chosen to equip the cadets with the essential knowledge and skills to undertake leadership roles within the UAE Naval Forces. The midshipmen training program collaborates with these professional naval courses to provide a multifaceted and enriching educational experience.

Program Goals

The Program aims to produce naval leaders of character and vision. Officers will ascribe to the Naval College's core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all they do. To that end, the curriculum ensures that each graduate enters the UAE Navy with the unique combination of education and professional skills required by a naval officer.

In addition to the generic graduate outcomes related to graduates of the Higher Colleges of Technology, cadets, upon completion of the Program, will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge base in Naval science, navigation and technology, suitable for a career as a naval professional.
  • Employ the necessary seamanship, communication and navigation skills to safely operate military vessels.
  • Show appropriate officer-like qualities of discipline, leadership, management and physical fitness.
  • Deploy a range of scientific, technical, communication and transferable skills which will enhance their effectiveness in their chosen career.
  • Manage and reflect on their own work, lifelong-learning and professional development.

Program Learning Outcomes


PLO 1. Demonstrate traits of sound discipline, leadership, decision making, intellectual curiosity, ability to communicate effectively, work in teams, and the knowledge and determination to uphold the values of UAE.

PLO 2. Demonstrate sound knowledge of General Studies and Naval Science subjects as applied in naval environments.

PLO 3. Apply basic Navigation skills to ensure safe passage at sea. Recognize the navigational aids, their operation, and understand the maritime operating environments.

PLO 4. Recognize seamanship gear and its operation in conduct of operations including anchor and cable work, rope work, boat work, berthing, replenishment, and search and rescue missions

PLO 5. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of naval warfare operations and tactics including, general operations, above water warfare, underwater warfare and air warfare.


PLO 1. Ability to exhibit situational appreciation, analytical and leadership qualities. Display effective attitude and beliefs to perform the role of military commanders.

PLO 2. Demonstrate the ability to make rational operational decisions based on sound knowledge of naval equipment, machinery, weapons and sensors.

PLO 3. Ability to take decisions under various Naval Warfare and Operations to ensure safety of naval platforms.

PLO 4. Demonstrate complete understanding of handling naval platforms Damage Control and NBCD states.

PLO 5. Confidently exhibit navigational, communications, and operational skills in multi-platform, multi-threat naval scenarios.

PLO 6. Demonstrate sound knowledge of Rules of Road, and Rules of Engagements at sea.

Completion Requirements

Bachelor of Naval Science with Diploma Exit

Completion Requirement – Bachelor’s Degree

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 131 semester credits including

General Studies Courses33
Naval Science and Engineering30
Sea Training15
Total Credit Hours131

Completion Requirement – Diploma Exit

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 107 semester credits including

General Studies33
Naval Science and Engineering30
Sea Training15
Total Credit Hours107

 To qualify for a Bachelor’s Degree, a student is required to:
• Successfully complete the required number of credits (120 for Bachelors and 60 for Diploma), and courses specific to the program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
• Meet the residency requirement that a minimum of 50% of the program credit requirements have been completed at the HCT

Naval Science and Engineering Core Courses
Required Credits: 30
MTH 1203Calculus I3
NSE 1003Fluid Mechanics for Naval Applications3
NSE 1013Damage Control3
NSE 2003Ship Electrical Technology3
NSE 2013Principles of Naval Sensors3
NSE 2033Principles of Naval Architecture3
NSE 2043Ship Propulsion I3
NSE 2103Ship Propulsion II3
NSE 2203Electronics for Naval Applications3
NSE 2023Oceanography and Meteorology3
Professional Courses (Bachelor)
Required Credits : 53
NAV 1104Navigation I4
NAV 2003Navigation II3
NAV 2103Navigation III3
NAV 2203Rule of the Road (RoR)3
NAV 4002OOW Consolidation and Bridge Management2
NAV 4014Ocean Navigation4
NAV 4023Coastal Navigation3
NAV 4033Restricted Waters Navigation3
NPS 2004Seamanship I4
NPS 2013Naval Communications3
NPS 2113Seamanship II3
NPS 4002Bridge and Ship Systems2
NPS 4123Communications and Intelligence3
NPS 4133Capstone Project3
NWR 1103Naval Warfare and Operations I3
NWR 2103Naval Warfare and Operations II3
NWR 4004Bridge Warfare and Tactical Manoevering4
Sea Training
Required Credits : 15
NPS 3003Midshipman Sea Time - Seamanship3
NPS 3013Midshipman Sea Time - Navigation3
NPS 3023Midshipman Sea Time - Naval Engineering3
NPS 3033Midshipman Sea Time - Naval Operations and Communications3
NPS 3053Midshipman Sea Time - Rules of the Road3
General Studies
Required Credits : 33
English, Arabic or other Languages
Required Credits: 9
AES 1013Arabic Communications3
LSC 1103Professional Communication and Reporting3
LSC 3023Professional English3
Humanities or Art
Required Credits: 6
AES 1003Emirati Studies3
PST 1173Islamic Studies3
Information Technology or Mathematics
Required Credits: 6
ICT 2013Computational Thinking and Coding3
LSM 1103Technical Mathematics3
The Natural Sciences
Required Credits: 3
PHY 1103Physics of Mechanics and Motion3
The Social or Behavioral Sciences
Required Credits: 9
LSS 1003Life and Future Skills3
LSS 1123Basic Research Methods3
NPS 2103Naval Leadership and Management3
Professional Courses (Diploma)
Required Credits : 29
NAV 2003Navigation II3
NPS 2013Naval Communications3
NWR 1103Naval Warfare and Operations I3
NWR 2103Naval Warfare and Operations II3
NAV 2103Navigation III3
NAV 2203Rule of the Road (RoR)3
NPS 2004Seamanship I4
NAV 1104Navigation I4
NPS 2113Seamanship II3
Description Data
Total Required Credits 131
Maximum Duration of Study 5.5 years
Minimum Duration of Study 3.5 years
Cost Recovery Program Yes
Program Code NAVSC
Major Code NVS

Recommended Sequence of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Credit Hours
AES 1013 Arabic Communications 3
PST 1173 Islamic Studies 3
LSM 1103 Technical Mathematics 3
NPS 2004 Seamanship I 4
PHY 1103 Physics of Mechanics and Motion 3
LSS 1003 Life and Future Skills 3
 Credit Hours19
Semester 2
LSC 1103 Professional Communication and Reporting 3
NAV 1104 Navigation I 4
MTH 1203 Calculus I 3
NSE 2003 Ship Electrical Technology 3
NSE 1003 Fluid Mechanics for Naval Applications 3
AES 1003 Emirati Studies 3
 Credit Hours19
Semester 3
NPS 2113 Seamanship II 3
NWR 1103 Naval Warfare and Operations I 3
NSE 2203 Electronics for Naval Applications 3
NAV 2003 Navigation II 3
ICT 2013 Computational Thinking and Coding 3
NSE 2043 Ship Propulsion I 3
 Credit Hours18
Year 2
Semester 4
NWR 2103 Naval Warfare and Operations II 3
NSE 2103 Ship Propulsion II 3
NSE 1013 Damage Control 3
NPS 2013 Naval Communications 3
NAV 2103 Navigation III 3
LSC 3023 Professional English 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester 5
NSE 2033 Principles of Naval Architecture 3
NSE 2023 Oceanography and Meteorology 3
NPS 2103 Naval Leadership and Management 3
NSE 2013 Principles of Naval Sensors 3
LSS 1123 Basic Research Methods 3
NAV 2203 Rule of the Road (RoR) 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester 6
NPS 3013 Midshipman Sea Time - Navigation 3
NPS 3053 Midshipman Sea Time - Rules of the Road 3
NPS 3003 Midshipman Sea Time - Seamanship 3
NPS 3033 Midshipman Sea Time - Naval Operations and Communications 3
NPS 3023 Midshipman Sea Time - Naval Engineering 3
Diploma Exit  
 Credit Hours15
Year 3
Semester 7
NPS 4002 Bridge and Ship Systems 2
NAV 4014 Ocean Navigation 4
NAV 4023 Coastal Navigation 3
NAV 4033 Restricted Waters Navigation 3
 Credit Hours12
Semester 8
NPS 4123 Communications and Intelligence 3
NAV 4002 OOW Consolidation and Bridge Management 2
NPS 4133 Capstone Project 3
NWR 4004 Bridge Warfare and Tactical Manoevering 4
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours131

Ahmed Abushahla, PhD, Jurisprudence, Sharjah University, UAE

David Ford, MA, TESOL, Sookmyung University, Graduate School of TESOL, Republic of South Korea

Elita Zakaeva, Masters in Applied Linguistics, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Frances Gonzales, MA Education in English Language Teaching, Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines

Kevin King, Masters, TESL, University of Arizona, USA

Mahmood Ahmad Rahi, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, USA

Muhammad Ihsan Qadir, PhD, Peace & Conflict Studies, National Defense University Islamabad,  Pakistan 

Nayyar Iftikhar, Masters, Electrical Engineering, US Navy Post Graduate School Monterey California, USA

Ronnie Malunhao, PhD, Technology Management, Mandaue City College, Philippines

Saad Zafar, Masters, Engineering, Queensland University Of Technology, Australia

Shahid Islam , PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada

Ilya Kavalchuk, PhD, Electrical Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia

Tyseer Al QudahMasters, Arabic Studies, Qaboos University, Oman