In this edition of #SeniorsTalk, we have the privilege of inviting Brian who just completed his first year in NTU Maritime Studies (MS). A relatively unknown course among prospective students, MS has raised eyebrows over the past few years as an intriguing and lucrative major to enter into. What better way to showcase the course than to have a Double Major student (Maritime Studies and Business) tell you about the difference between the 2 courses and the expectations that comes along with choosing this path. Alright, let's not waste time and let Brian tell you more about his course..

(1)   Why did you choose to undertake NTU Maritime Studies as a degree?

Initially, I was already interested in the maritime industry and after learning about its course feature of having a compulsory Semester Exchange in Norway, this appealed greatly to me as this provided me an opportunity to visit places which I have never been to before. I have considered other courses in Nanyang Business School as well but I had not want to do purely business or accountancy as I felt that those 2 courses were not really meant for me.

(2)   What are the best and worst things about your course?

The course overall is very interesting as you get to learn about many different aspects of the industry. It provides real world examples of the Maritime landscape as the professors themselves are either from the industry or are certified captains.

As for the worst part of the course, I would say the amount of memory work required as there are many different laws and concepts governing the maritime industry. So if you want to score well and pull up your GPA, certain amount of memory work is needed.

(3)   What is one thing you discover about your course only after entering university?

I realised that there are a lot of misconception about this course. It is NOT an engineering course despite being under the CEE faculty as you hardly learn anything remotely related to engineering. This course, rather, revolves more around shipping and trading. So this is something I hope prospective juniors can take note before finalising your decision to enter this course.

(4)   What advice would you give to juniors who are considering Maritime Studies as a degree?

Start studying early as the content is heavy and might be overwhelming if you start last minute. My best advice is to not skip lectures or tutorials, and ask plenty of questions. That's if - you want to sustain first class honours throughout your time here :)

(5)   Why did you choose NTU Maritime Studies over other schools?

Honestly, I did not really know what I wanted to specialise in so when I first stumbled upon this course in NTU, I was intrigued as it is something different from the mainstream courses available. Other universities don't really offer anything remotely similar. Coupled with the kampong-like culture of Halls in NTU, the school environment really 'vibed' well with me and became an easy decision for me to make at the end of the day.

(6)   What was your biggest takeaway from university thus far?

University is a place where I got to learn many different things that are much more applicable in the working world as compared to junior colleges or secondary schools. It provides a platform for me to apply the stuff that I learned in real life situations and train my interpersonal skills. At the same time, participating in various hall activities like HOCC also allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and made me a more confident individual. So while it is important to study hard and get good grades, it is equally essential to have an optimal work-life balance as well!

With that, would like to thank Brian for his insightful contribution and we hope his experience provides you a glimpse of a typical NTU Maritime Studies student's life! Ultimately, we hope this will help you make better university decisions as you transition into adulthood. Should you also wish to contribute, do feel free to click on the Contribute section on and write in to us today! 😉