Diploma in Nautical Studies (DNS) aims to provide you the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to serve on merchant navy vessels of more than 500 gross tonnages. This programme also helps to develop students to be certified watchkeeping officers on an unlimited voyages.

The course will take a total of three (3) years, spread over three (3) phases. Students who enroll will need to complete all the mandatory phases required by the Director General of Marine, under the Malaysia Marine Department.

  • Year 1: Academic and Professional Studies in the Academy
  • Year 2: Professional Studies in the Academy
  • Year 3: Shipboard Training

Upon successful completion of the training and passing all the qualifying pre-requisites, you will be awarded a Diploma in Nautical Studies and a Certificate of Competency as Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch.


Year 1

Semester 1

  • Business English
  • Mathematics
  • General Physics
  • Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation I
  • Meteorology I
  • Pengajian Malaysia II /Bahasa Melayu Kom I
  • Ship Construction
  • Marine Communication
  • Computer Application

Modular Courses

  • Duration: 3 weeks
  • Basic Training (MBT)
  • Ship Security Awareness (MPA)
  • Person Designated with Security Duties (MSD)

Semester 2

  • Maritime English
  • Heat, Waves & Light
  • Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation II
  • Celestial Navigation I
  • Cargo Work I
  • Professional Ethics
  • Ship Stability I
  • Navigation Aids and Instruments

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Magnetism and Electricity
  • Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation III
  • Celestial Navigation II
  • Ship Stability I
  • Seamanship
  • Meteorology II
  • Engineering Knowledge
  • Co-curriculum (CSR)

Modular Courses

  • Duration: 3 weeks
  • Medical First Aid (MMFA)
  • Basic Training for Oil & Chemical Tanker Cargo Operation (MBOC)
  • Basic Training for Liquefied Gas Tanker Cargo Operation (MLGT)

Semester 4

  • Electronics
  • Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation IV
  • Cargo Work II
  • Ship Construction II
  • Compass – Magnetic & Gyro
  • Maritime Legislation
  • Application of Leadership and Team Working Skills

ALAM Competency Assessment Scheme (ACAS)

  • Duration: 3 weeks

Year 3

Semester 5

  • Industrial Training
    (Sea Phase I)
  • Correspondence Course
    (Module 1, 2 & 3)

Semester 6

  • Industrial Training
    (Sea Phase II)
  • Correspondence Course
    (Module 4, 5 & 6)

Modular Courses

  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • Bridge Resource Management (MBRM)
  • Radar Navigation and Radar Plotting (MRN)
  • Electronic Navigation Aids (ENA)
  • ARPA Operation (MAR)
  • GMDSS General Operator Certificate (MDSS (G))
  • Electronic Chart Display Information System (MCI)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats (MSCR)
  • Advanced Fire-fighting (MAFF)


  • Duration: 3 weeks


  • Duration: 2 weeks

Entry Requirements

For Malaysian applicants

  • Passed SPM with at least Credit in Bahasa Melayu; AND
  • Pass in English; AND
  • Credit – Science (non-STEM); OR Physics (STEM); OR Chemistry (STEM); OR Biology (STEM); AND Credit – Mathematics (STEM/Non-STEM); OR Additional Mathematics (STEM); AND
  • Credit – Any of two (2) (STEM/Non-STEM) Core or elective subjects
  • SPM AND SKM L3 in engineering and technologist (mechanical, mechatronic, electrical, automotive, marine, maritime)
  • SVM in engineering and technologist (mechanical, mechatronic, electrical, automotive, marine, maritime)
    • Credit in Bahasa Melayu; AND
    • CGPA Academic 2.00; AND
    • CGPA Vocational 2.67; AND
    • Pass English; AND
    • Pass ILM’s entry examination on mathematics and science
    • STPM pass with a minimum of grade C (GP 2.00) in any 2 subjects

For foreign applicants and/ or holder of UK GCE O’ Level

  • School exam certificate equivalent to UK GCE O’ Level with credits in Mathematics, Science/Technical, 3 other subjects and credits in English* language.

General Requirements

  • Single, aged between 18 and 25 years of age
  • Must be physically and mentally fit as certified by medical practitioner approved by Malaysia Marine Department
  • Minimum height of 158cm and weight of 48kg for male applicants (BMI: 18.5 -24.9)
  • Minimum height of 155cm and weight of 42kg for female applicants (BMI: 18.5-24.9)
  • Not colour blind
  • Good eyesight (visual acuity of 6/6)
  • Good command of Bahasa Malaysia and English in both written and spoken.

For International student, it is compulsory to fulfil minimum score at least ONE of the following.

Teaching Methods

There will be a blended learning approach to accelerate the process of learning.

This competence-based training will involve classroom lectures, tutorials, practical applications, simulation and laboratory work where necessary.


The most anticipated challenge by all future sea-going professional is the sea-phase training prior to obtaining their Certificate of Competency/ Certificate of Proficiency issued by Malaysia Marine Department. No other internship can offer such exciting on-the-job training, only in ALAM with the support from various ship-owners and maritime industry key players.

Job Placement unit is established to aid in sourcing ship placement for cadets and ratings undergoing the On Job Training (OJT) on-board vessel.

Internship will be during students’ final year (semester 5 and 6) of their Diploma in Nautical Studies (DNS) and Diploma in Mariner Engineering (DME), which is part of the diploma module completion. This practical training for a minimum of 365 days is aligned with Malaysia Marine Department’s requirement for endorsement of Certificate of Competency Class 3.

For Local Students

Online payment service via Senang Pay
Payment via Debit/ Credit Card or Online Banking

CIMB Bank “Plug n Pay” mobile point-of-sale payment solution
Electronic payments via smartphones. Plug n Pay is able to accept worldwide chip or signature-based credit & debit cards under MasterCard or VISA.

Payment by debit/ credit card at ALAM payment counter for walk-in students/ participants

Cheque payment made payable to:

Account No: 98001000601297
Bank Name: CIMB Bank Berhad
(kindly state the name, student ID number, NRIC/ Passport number, contact number and programme name on the reverse side of the cheque).


  • All tuition fees are payable in Ringgit Malaysia.
  • Full settlement of fees must be made on or before the registration day/ commencement of a new semester.Text

For International Students

Tuition fees are payable in Ringgit Malaysia. Any shortfall arising from foreign exchange currency transactions to Ringgit Malaysia and bank charges will be borne by the students/ participants while any surplus will be reflected as excess payment. Please use the account details as per below if payment made in other currency:

Account No: 5059601297
Bank Name: JP MORGAN CHASE Bank Berhad
Branch Name: Level 18, Integra Tower, The Intermark
Bank Address: 348 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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