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 Program has been designed to provide concurrent academic and military studies. When cadets are at the Naval College, their training will emphasize academic and professional studies to develop their intellectual capabilities, professional knowledge and vocational utility. The other important emphasis will be on military education and training to develop character and leadership qualities appropriate to officers in the UAE Naval Forces.
The Program includes academic courses with naval relevance and focus, which are integrated with the professional courses and targeted specifically at the future executive officers of the UAE Navy. It provides cadets with the best possible combination of military knowledge, naval science, leadership and management skills and practical professional training.
To provide a broad base of academic skills and intellectual capacity, the Program includes a general foundation of management, Emirati studies, physics, mathematics, information technology, scientific and technical courses, in addition to fundamental courses in English language and effective communication. These courses develop cadets' ability to reflect on their personal performance and capability as professional naval officers. They will also develop an awareness of their nation and the world around them. The Program will develop key communication skills and appropriate cognitive skills such as critical thinking and quantitative reasoning.
To complete the cadets' development, the Program provides a sequence of professional courses in naval sciences selected to equip them with the knowledge required to assume a leadership position in the UAE Naval Forces. The midshipmen training program works with professional naval courses to provide students with a diverse learning 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 134 semester credits including

General Studies Courses33
Naval Science and Engineering Core Courses30
Naval Professional Core Courses56
Midshipman Sea Training Courses15
Total Credit Hours134

Completion Requirement – Diploma Exit

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 110 semester credits including

General Studies33
Naval Science and Engineering Core Courses30
Naval Professional Core Courses32
Midshipman Sea Training Courses15
Total Credit Hours110
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 2023Oceanography and Meteorology3
NSE 2033Principles of Naval Architecture3
NSE 2043Ship Propulsion I3
NSE 2103Ship Propulsion II3
NSE 2203Electronics for Naval Applications3
Naval Professional Core Courses – Diploma Exit
Required Credits: 32
NAV 1104Navigation I4
NAV 2003Navigation II3
NAV 2103Navigation III3
NAV 2203Rule of the Road (RoR)3
NPS 2004Seamanship I4
NPS 2113Seamanship II3
NPS 2013Naval Communications3
NPS 2103Naval Leadership and Management3
NWR 1103Naval Warfare and Operations I3
NWR 2103Naval Warfare and Operations II3
Midshipman Sea Training Courses
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
Naval Professional Elective Courses - Naval Science Bachelor Degree
Required Credits: 24
NAV 4002OOW Consolidation and Bridge Management2
NAV 4014Ocean Navigation4
NAV 4023Coastal Navigation3
NAV 4033Restricted Waters Navigation3
NPS 4002Bridge and Ship Systems2
NPS 4123Communications and Intelligence3
NPS 4133Capstone Project3
NWR 4004Bridge Warfare and Tactical Manoevering4
General Studies
Required Credits: 33
English, Arabic or other Languages
Required Credits: 12
Humanities or Art
Required Credits: 6
Information Technology or Mathematics
Required Credits: 6
The Natural Sciences
Required Credits: 3
The Social or Behavioral Sciences
Required Credits: 6

Total Credit Hours : 134

Description Data
Total Required Credits 134
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
PHY 1103 Physics of Mechanics and Motion 3
NPS 2004 Seamanship I CC
LSM 1103 Technical Mathematics 3
AES 1013 Arabic Communications 3
PST 1173 Islamic Studies 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours12
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 2Credit Hours
NPS 2004 Seamanship I 4
NSE 2003 Ship Electrical Technology 3
LSS 1003 Life and Future Skills 3
LSC 1503 Academic Spoken Communication 3
AES 1003 Emirati Studies 3
NAV 1104 Navigation I 4
NSE 1003 Fluid Mechanics for Naval Applications 3
LSC 1103 Professional Communication and Reporting 3
MTH 1203 Calculus I 3
 Credit Hours29
 Total Credit Hours29
Plan of Study Grid
Year 2
Semester 3Credit Hours
NPS 2113 Seamanship II CC
NAV 2003 Navigation II 3
LSS 1123 Basic Research Methods 3
NSE 2203 Electronics for Naval Applications 3
NSE 2043 Ship Propulsion I 3
NSE 1013 Damage Control 3
NPS 2013 Naval Communications CC
NWR 1103 Naval Warfare and Operations I 3
ICT 2013 Computational Thinking and Coding 3
 Credit Hours21
 Total Credit Hours21
Plan of Study Grid
Year 2
Semester 4Credit Hours
NPS 2113 Seamanship II 3
NAV 2103 Navigation III 3
NSE 2103 Ship Propulsion II 3
NPS 2013 Naval Communications 3
NWR 2103 Naval Warfare and Operations II 3
NAV 2203 Rule of the Road (RoR) 3
NSE 2023 Oceanography and Meteorology 3
NPS 2103 Naval Leadership and Management 3
NSE 2013 Principles of Naval Sensors 3
NSE 2033 Principles of Naval Architecture 3
LSC 3023 Professional English 3
 Credit Hours33
 Total Credit Hours33
Plan of Study Grid
Year 3
Semester 5Credit Hours
NPS 3013 Midshipman Sea Time - Navigation 3
NPS 3023 Midshipman Sea Time - Naval Engineering 3
NPS 3033 Midshipman Sea Time - Naval Operations and Communications 3
NPS 3003 Midshipman Sea Time - Seamanship 3
NPS 3053 Midshipman Sea Time - Rules of the Road 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours15
Plan of Study Grid
Year 4
Semester 6Credit Hours
NPS 4002 Bridge and Ship Systems 2
NAV 4014 Ocean Navigation 4
NAV 4023 Coastal Navigation 3
NAV 4033 Restricted Waters Navigation 3
NWR 4004 Bridge Warfare and Tactical Manoevering 4
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours16
Plan of Study Grid
Year 4
Semester 7Credit Hours
NPS 4123 Communications and Intelligence 3
NAV 4002 OOW Consolidation and Bridge Management 2
NPS 4133 Capstone Project 3
 Credit Hours8
 Total Credit Hours8

Total Credit Hours: 134

NPS 2004, NPS 2013 & NPS 2113 are Continuing Courses over 2 semesters

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