Master in Coastal and Marine Management (CMM)

General information

Coastal and Marine Management is an international, multidisciplinary master’s program in natural resource management. The program is especially built on the principle and practice of biology, sociology and economics. By the end of the program students understand the innumerable and valuable resources of the coast and oceans, understand their significance, and have versed themselves in methods and skills to manage the sustainable utilisation of these resources. The language of teaching and general communication is English. The program is offered by the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður in co-operation with the University of Akureyri. Teaching takes place

Program organisation.

The program consists of 120 ECTS at the master’s level; this includes 75 ECTS in the form of courses and 45 ECTS in the form of a thesis. All courses are taught in modules. The program starts in the autumn semester and the first year is made up of core courses and elective courses from the teaching schedule.

In order to complete 75 ECTS in one academic year, courses are taught in intensive modules from August through July of the next year. Courses are weighted from 1 ECTS to 8 ECTS and range from half a week to four weeks in length. Each ECTS is expected to involve approximately 25-30 hours of student work. On average students take 2 ECTS a week which corresponds to no less than a 50 hour workload per week.

After the courses finish, at the end of June/beginning of July, more of the students’ attention moves to the 45 ECTS thesis. According to the above work time calculation, the 45 ECTS should be equivalent to 1.5 semester’ work. Students are free to choose whether they stay in Ísafjörður to complete their theses. Theses are submitted for marking and defence at the beginning of the spring semester the next year. In this manner it is possible to complete the whole program in 18 months. No provision for summer holiday is made, however, if this pace of study is chosen. It is also possible to submit theses in April and the program then takes 21 months.

The program covers a wide arc of ocean related environmental and resource management areas and students can specialise within this sphere using elective courses and with their choice of thesis topic. Students are welcome to take elective courses at other universities, with the Master’s program committee approval.

Students graduate from the University of Akureyri with MRM (Master of Resource Management) degrees, with coastal and marine management as a specialty.

 

Learning outcome:

Learning outcomes

Contact Person: Dr. Catherine Chambers - programme director (cmm@uw.is)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0031 - Project management", "0311 - Maritime economy", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0521 - Ecology", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0731 - Marine spatial planning", "0831 - Fisheries", "1015 - Coastal and marine tourism

Venue

Venue: University Centre of the Westfjords
Ísafjörður, Iceland

Application


Cost:

The annual registration fee for Coastal and Marine Management at the University Centre of the Westfjords is ISK 150,000 for Icelandic students and those from other EEA/EU countries, and for those who come from countries outside the EEA the registration is ISK 300,000.


Prerequisites:

Conditions for acceptance into the Coastal and Marine Management program are that the applicant must have completed an undergraduate university degree, regardless of if it is a BA, BSc or BEd. Applicants fill out an application form and return it together with a cover letter.

Candidates can come from diverse education and work backgrounds, as the interdisciplinary nature of study is based on many fields; especially in economics, ecology, social sciences and management.

English is the communication and educational language of the program. It is anticipated that applicants from Iceland, Scandinavia and the English-speaking countries possess adequate skills in the language. The same applies to students from universities where all instruction is in English. Other applicants must demonstrate sufficient English skills with recognised tests such as TOEFL, or equivalent.


Application Procedure:

The deadline for applications from non-EEA/EU citizens is 15th February. The first application deadline for applicants from Iceland or the EEA/EU is 15th April, and the second deadline is 5thJune. Applications received before the first deadline have priority. 

Further queries about the master’s degree in Coastal and Marine Management can be sent to cmm@uw.is.

You can access the online application form here


Regulations:

On this page students can access rules for the program. The rules are approved by the CMM master‘s program committe:

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Credits:
Scheme: 
ECTS
Value: 
120
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