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Diploma in Maritime Business
(DMB) S74
Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA)

If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career in the maritime industry without having to go to sea, take the Diploma in Maritime Business (DMB).

As the world’s busiest seaport and one of the world’s largest container ports, there is a continuous demand for maritime and logistics-related organisations involved in a wide range of shipping business activities in Singapore. Graduates from DMB will fill this manpower gap.

What makes DMB unique?

  • A practice-oriented course that links theory and practice through hands-on training, case studies and field visits
  • An extensive programme that prepares you to beversatile, enabling you to gain employment in various sectors within the maritime industry
  • Six-month shore-based internship during the second year which provides first-hand experience

Applicants must obtain:

i) the following GCE 'O' Level grades at not more than two sittings and

ii) 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus points)

Aggregate Type: ELR2B2-C
Subject Grade

a) English Language

1 - 7

b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

1 - 6

c) Any two other subjects:

1 - 6


To be eligible for admission, you must also have sat for one of the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Studies
  • Creative 3D Animation
  • Design & Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)


DMB is a three-year full-time programme and includes a six-month Internship Programme with an approved establishment.

First Year

  • Communicating for Personal & Team Effectiveness
  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2
  • Maritime Economics
  • Financial Accounting in Shipping
  • Maritime Personnel Management
  • Ship Operations
  • Logistics Management
  • Port Operations
  • Bunkering Practices
  • Introduction to Maritime Industry
  • Marine Engineering Knowledge
  • Statistics for Shipping Business I
  • I.T. for Shipping Business

Second Year

  • Communicating for Project Effectiveness
  • Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
  • Internship Programme
  • Financial Mgmt in Shipping
  • Port Agency
  • Law of Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Port Management
  • Statistics for Shipping Business II

Third Year

  • Communicating for Project Effectiveness
  • Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
  • General Education 3
  • Project (Year Long)
  • Marketing of Shipping Services
  • Ship Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • HSSE Management
  • Marine Insurance
  • Maritime Offshore Operations
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Maritime Law
  • Ship Brokering & Chartering

Immediately on graduation, DMB graduates are highly sought after for appointments as junior executives in organisations running ship owning/ management; ship broking/chartering; ship/port agency; logistics/supply chain management and marine insurance/law companies; and port/terminal operators and regulatory authorities. With working experience and exposure, the majority of DMB holders progress to managerial positions such as supervisors and assistant managers, with a few taking on higher responsibilities as managers.

Further Studies:

You can gain direct entry into relevant BSc (Hons) programmes in Shipping Management, Maritime Business and Logistics conducted by reputable tertiary institutions from Australia, United Kingdom and the United States. You may also pursue business programmes at NUS or NTU.

With our strong collaboration with foreign universities, you may gain direct entry into a number of maritime programmes offered by overseas universities such as into the third-year of a four-year programme at Chung-Ang University in South Korea or the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College in the United States for graduates who obtain more than 3.0 GPA. They may also gain direct entry into the third final year of the Plymouth University in the United Kingdom maritime degree programme.