Marine Navigation

Degree Qualification:

Professional Bachelor of Marine Technologies

Professional qualification:


Study Form:

Permanent, Continuous
1500 graduates
85% graduates find employment
1826 days of studying
55 subjects taught


Room 221
Phone: +370 46 397 245
Mobile Phone: +370 650 25985
Head of the study program:
dr. Vytautas Dubra

Room 121
Phone: +370 46 397 248
Mobile Phone: +370 600 82058
International study specialist:
Faustina Miceikienė


Modern trends in the global shipping market are directly related to global digitization processes, which is why automation solutions for ship management functions are gaining momentum in shipping. Graduates of this study programme, such as seamen, ship captains, and future ship captains, will learn how to control ships using the modern computerized navigation systems that are now being installed on ships.

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4 years

Duration of studies

(Full-time studies)

4,5-6 years

Duration of studies

(Part-time studies)

12 months

Duration of internship

The lecturers are shipmasters, sea captains, researchers and scientists from the field of marine technology; they are all professional seafarers who base their knowledge on personal experience of working at sea.


The ship master’s qualification obtained gives the opportunity to assume the position of the leading specialist of the ship’s crew, as the assistant to the captain on duty; after accumulating the length of service prescribed by the legislation of the Ministry of Communication of the Republic of Lithuania, the individual can assume the position of chief assistant to the captain, and later the captain, on the ships of unlimited tonnage, unrestricted navigation area, and various purposes. Acquired competences and approved documents allow you to pursue a maritime career on ships flying the flag of any country.

After completing the professional career of a seafarer, it is possible to establish a maritime business company or gain employment in one, as well as in the Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration, the Klaipėda State Seaport Authority, the industries of coastal and inland water transport, etc.


To train a highly qualified shipmaster, a specialist in charge of the ship’s deck, with the skills and experience to:

– Safely control ships of unlimited tonnage;

– Plan and carry out a safe and economically beneficial voyage of the ship;

– Operate modern navigational and radio communication equipment effectively, and apply knowledge of social, economic, environmental and technological sciences when planning,
managing and controlling ship operations, in accordance with national and international general and maritime legislation, International Maritime Organization – IMO conventions, quality standards, and safe navigation requirements.


The duration of professional internship is 12 months.

– 6-month professional seafaring internship (after the 2nd year);

– 6-month graduation seafaring internship (after the 3rd year).

Practical professional skills are acquired during the internship while working on sea ships of various types (container carriers, dry bulk carriers, tankers, passenger carriers, etc.) in various seafaring regions around the world. The first maritime degree diploma is issued after the successful completion of the study programme and acquiring 12-month work experience at sea. The trainees of the Junior Officer Command Training (JOCT) perform a 2-month internship on the military ships of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. This internship is a part of seafaring internship and counts towards the total duration of the seafaring internship.


Graduates have the right to study at a higher level (pursue a master’s degree and even higher level, such as a doctor of science) in study programmes according to the procedure established by institutions of higher education. It is possible to choose a further field of study in both social and technological/engineering fields of studies. There are excellent opportunities for this at Vilnius TECH (VGTU), Mykolas Romeris University, and others in Lithuania. Students can also successfully study at university-level institutions abroad in Poland, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Bulgaria and other countries.


This is the only such undergraduate study programme in the field of maritime technology in the country that meets the standards of the International Maritime Organization IMO International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers STCW of 1978 and maritime degree certificate standards, which leads to a professional bachelor’s degree and a shipmaster’s professional qualification, granting the right to obtain the diploma of the managing specialist of the ship’s deck service, shipmaster on watch, maritime degree and to reach the highest maritime rank of ship captain, and lead the ship’s crew after accumulating work experience on a sea vessel.


Studies take place in a modern environment that meets international requirements. There are traditional engaging lectures, seminars, discussions, analysis of scientific and professional literature, and students have access to a modern library filled with the latest scientific and informational publications, along with an internal digital teaching/learning environment and digital resources of the academy.

During lectures, exercises, and seminars, analysis of modern ship management scenarios and cases is carried out, technological solutions to ship management problems are sought, and computer simulation of the ship’s voyage is performed. Computerized training is extremely relevant during the studies, so training of practical skills takes place in electronic navigation simulators, simulating real scenarios of ship control.

Training and exercises of leadership and psychological resilience, individual and team projects, laboratory work on ship viability and saving people’s lives, firefighting, medicine, radio communication, electronic nautical charts, engineering and technology, etc., conducted in laboratories, individual work, professional internship on ships sailing in the oceans of the world, etc. are extremely important elements of the programme.

Students of LMA maritime studies are required to wear uniforms.

LMA is equipped with sports halls and gyms, which are intended for optional sports, physical education classes, sports competitions, sports and other events in which students of all study programmes participate. They can also spend their free time in these facilities.


Maritime English (Introduction to Maritime English)3
Philosophy and Ethics/ Sociology/ Fundamentals of Political Science (Optional subject)3
Applied mathematics4
Mathematical Basics of Navigation3
Mathematical Basics of Navigation6
Occupational, civil, and environmental safety5
Basics of Seafaring / Geography of Transport Systems (Optional subject)6
Physical education/ Rowing and sailing (optional)2
Maritime English (terminology of pilotage, ship control, and ship watch on the bridge, and language practice)5
Transport Information Technology5
Ship Structure6
Energy Equipment of Ships3
Electrical and Electronic Equipment of Ships3
Ship Control and Maneuvering3
Navigation and Determination of Ship’s Position5
Physical education/ Rowing and sailing (optional)2
Maritime English (Terminology of meteorology, emergency and radio, and language practice)5
Second Foreign Language (Spanish, Russian, German) (Optional subject)3
Ship’s Theory4
Technical Measures of Navigation4
Navigational Meteorology5
Basics of Management and Human Resources Management5
Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Safety and Fire Fighting, Basic First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (STCW, A-VI/1), Ensuring of the Safety of the Ship (STCW A-VI/6-2)3
Maritime English (Terminology of Ship Loading and Preparation of Ship’s Correspondence)3
Control of the Ship in Emergency Situations3
Special Fire Fighting (STCW A-VI/3) and First Aid (STCW A-VI/4)3
Navigation Equipment of the Ship’s Bridge4
Professional seafaring internship / Professional seafaring internship on military ships / Professional coastal boating internship (Optional subject)18
Professional seafaring internship / Professional seafaring internship on military ships / Professional coastal boating internship (Optional subject)18
Maritime Law4
Prediction of Oceanographic Conditions3
Maritime Astronomy3
Control of the Ship in Various Conditions3
Language Culture and Academic Literacy4
Technology of Cargo Transportation by Sea5
Voyage Planning, Execution, and Determination of Ship’s Location5
Basics of Maritime Transport Economics3
Global Maritime Distress Signal and Safety Systems (GMDSS) Radio Operator Training Program (STCW A-IV/2)6
Radar Navigation, Radar Designation, and Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA, Operational Level, STCW A-II/1)4
Electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS)2
Work with lifeboats, rafts and rescue boats (other than high-speed lifeboats) (STCW A-VI/2-1)2
Thesis of the Professional Bachelor2
Graduation professional seafaring internship / Graduation professional seafaring internship on military ships / Graduation professional coastal boating internship
(Optional subject)
Graduation professional seafaring internship / Graduation professional seafaring internship on military ships / Graduation professional coastal boating internship10
Ship Control and Maneuvering in Difficult Conditions2
Voyage Planning and Navigation3
System of Ship’s Safe Control3
Radar Navigation, Radar Marking, and Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA, Command Level, ARPA, STCW A-II/2)2
Bridge resource management (STCW A-II/1-2, A-VIII/2)2
Final qualification exam2
Thesis of the Professional Bachelor6


• Student leisure area
• Higher education high quality studies in Europe
• Worldwide benchmarked marine and onshore study programmes
• Prestige and quality
• Study mobility in more than 60 higher education institutions and Partners in Europe in frame of Erasmus+ programme
• Training using modern simulators
• Studies and practice in strong cooperation with maritime industry
• The uniqueness of studies is links with global maritime industry – guest Lecturers are invited from various port companies, field trips are organised
• Research and practice are provided

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