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Diploma in Marine Engineering
(DMR) S63
Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA)

The Diploma in Marine Engineering (DMR) course encompasses various engineering disciplines (mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, engineering design and control technology) that is required to make a ship an independent power plant.

Besides lectures and laboratory work, you will be exposed to advanced ship engineering system simulators and various Naval Architecture training software. Our machinery workshops are equipped to train you for operational competencies you would require in the workplace, be it on board a ship or a shore-based maritime establishment.

A 6 month internship provides you the special opportunity to apply your learning through either a sea-going or shore-based internship of your choice during the third year of study.

What makes DMR unique?

  • Multi-disciplinary studies of engineering technology
  • Comprehensive learning experience through hands-on training using engine simulators and ship design software, enrichment talks, ship visits and industry exposure
  • Best of both worlds - the opportunity to opt for internship either on board motor ships or in the maritime offshore sector

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) One of the following 3rd relevant subjects:

1 - 6

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Design & Technology
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)

All candidates must pass the colour vision test as per The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

DMR is a three-year full-time programme that includes a six-week Indutrial Training Programme with an approved establishment.

First Year

  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2
  • Applied Mechanics
  • W/S Practice 1
  • Engineering Drawing
  • W/S Practice 2
  • Instrumentation
  • Electric Circuits
  • Basic Thermodynamics
  • Marine Engineering Knowledge
  • Naval Architecture
  • Basic Occupational Safety and Security Training
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Programming and Software Applications

Second Year

  • Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3
  • Project Work
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Integrated Workshop Practice
  • CAD
  • Auxiliary Machinery
  • Integrated Control
  • Electronics
  • Applied Thermodynamics
  • Naval Architecture 2
  • Marine Engg Knowledge 2
  • Engineering Mathematics 2

Third Year

  • 6 month Internship Programme
  • Marine Workshop Practice
  • Electric Machines and Systems
  • Engineering Design
  • Advanced Marine Engineering Simulation
  • Software Application for Naval Architecture
  • IC Engines and Boilers

DMR is one of the most versatile programmes and it offers you career flexibility. You can apply your knowledge to a wide-ranging field of engineering technologies.

With the training received, a wide variety of career options and opportunities await our graduates. Our graduates are employed as marine engineers on ships as well as engineers in shipyards, offshore oil and gas industries and non-maritime engineering firms. Many of our graduates are also suitably employed in sales and service positions in various engineering companies.

Further Studies:

You can gain direct entry into related engineering degree programmes in NUS, NTU and overseas universities or pursue a B.Eng (Hons) in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering or Offshore Engineering offered by Newcastle University through the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). DMR graduates can also opt to pursue a Bachelor of Maritime Operations degree offered by the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz (The Netherlands), while at sea.