Physics Department

Certificate (Cert) in Physics  and Technology in Autonomous Ships

Key Feature

Code                               PX210

Modules                        4

Duration                       4 months

Teaching                       Any time

Credits                           24

Tuition Fees                 $1,200    

The Certificate “Physics and Technology on Autonomous Ships”, thoughtfully covers the spectrum from basic introductions to advanced technological discussions, operational aspects, and forward-looking considerations regarding the future of maritime industries powered by autonomy. Each section is designed to build upon the previous, ensuring a cohesive learning experience that effectively prepares students for the complexities and challenges of autonomous maritime systems. This curriculum promises a deep dive into the interdisciplinary field of autonomous ships, combining physics, engineering, technology, legal, and ethical studies to provide a well-rounded educational foundation.


  • Introduce Maritime Tech: Dive into the evolution to autonomous ships, highlighting AI’s pivotal role.
  • Explore Navigational Tech: Delve into the physics and tech of GPS, Lidar, and quantum systems for safer, efficient navigation.
  • Tackle Operational Challenges: Examine and find innovative solutions for the technical and safety hurdles of autonomous ships.
  • Understand Legal/Ethical Aspects: Grasp the legal and ethical landscape shaping autonomous maritime operations.
  • Build Practical Skills: Use case studies and real-world applications to enhance problem-solving and innovation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Grasp MASS Evolution: Understand the history and transformative impact of autonomous ship technologies.
  • Apply Navigational Tech: Master advanced navigation tech like quantum compasses and cryptography for autonomous use.
  • Overcome Operational Hurdles: Analyze and propose solutions to autonomous ships’ technical and safety challenges.
  • Navigate Legal/Ethical Terrain: Apply legal and ethical guidelines in autonomous ship operations, emphasizing social responsibility.
  • Solve Problems Innovatively: Utilize acquired knowledge to innovate and solve complex issues in autonomous maritime operations.

    Introduction to Shipping and Autonomous Ships
    • Shipowning company's Departments & Maritime Jobs, Part 1 - Maritime Jobs, Part 2
    • Nautical Terminology - Shipping Terminology, Ship's Tonnage
    • The Evolution of Ships - From Raft Ships to Autonomous Vessels
    • Introduction to Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS)

    Foundations of Artificial Intelligence in Maritime
    • Overview of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • AI's Role in the Development of MASS

    Technologies Behind MASS
    • Sensors and Navigation Systems (LIDAR, GPS/IMU, Computer Vision)
    • Autonomous Navigation and Control Systems

    Physics and Engineering of Autonomous Ships
    • GPS and Relativity in Maritime Navigation
    • Nanotechnology in MASS:
    a. Navigation: Quantum Compass.
    b. Cybersecurity: Quantum Cryptography
    • Lidar Technology in Autonomous Ships

    Operational Aspects of MASS
    • Technical and Operational Constraints
    • Safety and Security Systems in MASS
    • International Maritime Conventions: IMO, SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW, COLREG, UNCLOS etc

    The Future of Maritime Industry with MASS
    • Impact on Crew Careers and Maritime Industry
    • Future Trends and Challenges in MASS Technology

    Legal and Ethical Considerations
    • Legal Implications and International Regulations for MASS
    • Ethical Considerations and Social Responsibility

    Practical Applications and Case Studies
    • Case Studies - Questions
    • Exploration of the problems

    3,000 words project report

    Entry Requirements

    High School diploma, A-levels, GCSE, Foundation Year (or relevant) in Physics and Mathematics.

    English language: GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

    Basic Information Technology skills.

    Efficient way of study 

    Every video-lecture is supported by
    a text-book which consists of the
    speech-text and the Power Point Presentation

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    Way of study

    Watch Videolectures



    Assignment & Project


    Final viva (live video)


    Get your Degree awarded


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