MSc in Applied Coastal and Marine Management

General information

The programme focuses on the science (including the social sciences) of Coastal and Marine management and policy-making today. Designed and presented in close collaboration with the state-of-the-art Beaufort Institute and the University’s Coastal and Marine Research Centre, it is designed to give students professional competency to make sound, scientifically-informed, strategic and operational decisions regarding the sustainable governance, use and protection of coastal and marine environments. It also provides training in applied practical skills, with an emphasis on geospatial techniques relevant to coastal and marine data capture, analysis, integration and visualisation. Students will also receive training in important transferrable skills including principles and practice of scientific research, effective communication and presentation techniques, and sound project management

The degree offers a combination of theory, practice and technical skills relevant to the needs of environmentally sustainable coastal and marine governance.

Topics to be studied include different models of governance, marine spatial planning, and the basics of coastal and marine law; the physical functioning and key processes controlling coastal and marine environments; the biological components of coastal margins and the ecosystems they are part of, at varying spatial and temporal scales, and especially the interactions and exchanges between these; and the approaches available in coastal management and physical protection techniques. In addition, training will be provided in the application of core technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), remote sensing and Earth observation, and hydrographic survey and mapping from ship-borne platforms.

A unique feature of the programme is that students will spend time at sea, onboard the Irish research vessel Celtic Voyager (or equivalent), at no additional cost, so that they may experience marine surveying and other techniques in a working research environment.

Upon successful completion of this programme, students should have a clear understanding of the theory, principles and concepts that underpin the management of coastal and marine spaces; will have practical skills to equip them for making policy, and for taking management-level decisions, regarding the strategic and operational use of coastal and marine spaces; will know how to work with coastal and marine data originating in a range of scientific disciplines (physics, biology, geology, oceanography, etc.); and will have a good scientific understanding of the physical, environmental and human processes that affect, and are impacted by, the world’s oceans. The frame of reference will range from the global to the local, but with particular emphasis on the sustainable development and management of Ireland’s coastal and marine territories and resources

The programme will consist of two parts. Part I will consist of eight taught modules to the value of 60 credits involving lectures, practicals, seminars and workshops. Part II will be a substantial piece of Independent Research to the value of 30 credits (GG6514). Each of the prescribed taught modules will be examined by a written paper and/or continuous assessment. Each candidate progressing to Part II of the programme must submit the research project (GG6514) in an area of Applied Coastal and Marine Management by 4.00pm on the Friday of the third week in September  in the academic year of registration for the programme. Independent research projects can be carried out on the main university campus, through the Programme and other linked University Staff; or, with support from relevant Research Staff, within the commercially-focussed environment of the Beaufort laboratory in Ringaskiddy. Other commercial and practitioner placements with relevant coastal and marine-focussed industries, semi-state bodies and government will be considered, as appropriate to project proposals submitted by students.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

PART I (60 Credits)

  • BL6016 Marine Ecology and Conservation (10 credits) 
  • GG6501 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (5 credits) 
  • GG6502 Introduction to Remote Sensing (5 credits) 
  • GG6512 Coastal and Marine Resource Use Practices (15 credits) 
  • GG6513 Coastal and Marine Governance (10 credits) 
  • GG6516 Coastal and Marine Processes (10 credits) 
  • GL6007 Practical Offshore Geological Exploration (5 credits) 

PART II (30 Credits)

  • GG6514 Research Dissertation in Applied Coastal and Marine Management (30 Credits)
Learning outcome:

Upon successful completion of this programme, students should have a clear understanding of the theory, principles and concepts that underpin the management of coastal and marine spaces; will have practical skills to equip them for making policy, and for taking management-level decisions, regarding the strategic and operational use of coastal and marine spaces; will know how to work with coastal and marine data originating in a range of scientific disciplines (physics, biology, geology, oceanography, etc.); and will have a good scientific understanding of the physical, environmental and human processes that affect, and are impacted by, the world’s oceans. The frame of reference will range from the global to the local, but with particular emphasis on the sustainable development and management of Ireland’s coastal and marine territories and resources.

Contact Person: Darius Bartlett (d.bartlett@ucc.ie)

Content

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

0031 - Project management", "0511 - Biology", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0731 - Marine spatial planning

Venue

Venue: University College Cork
Cork, Ireland

Application


Cost:

Irish/EU students: € 6.000


Prerequisites:

Degree Requirements 

1. A primary degree to upper second honours (2h1) level (240 ECTS credits or equivalent) from a recognized third-level institution, in Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Biology, Oceanography, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering or a related discipline.  Applications will also be considered from graduates in other disciplines, including those in the Arts or Social Sciences, who have a demonstrable interest and/or experience in coastal and marine management, and who can offer sufficient numerical abilities. 

2. A primary degree of at least lower second class honours (2h2) grade, or its equivalent, in a relevant subject as detailed in 1 above, plus at least five years of work experience relevant to the field of applied coastal and marine management.

Language Requirements
Additionally, students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of competence in both written and spoken English, according to standard criteria set out by the UCC.

The selection committee for the MSc also attaches strong importance to the additional supplementary online questions for the CKE39AdditionalQuestions (52kB).

The programme Director and/or Programme Board must approve candidates. The number of places is limited and selection will be based on academic achievement, relevant work experience and a personal statement.


Application Procedure:

Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Please note that you will also be asked to fill in a special supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme. The selection committee attaches strong impartance to the supplementary questions.  A copy of this form is available to view here: CKE39AdditionalQuestions (131kB)

Applications for 2016-17 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

  • For all completed applications received by January 15th 2016   Offers will be made by January 29th 2016
  • For all completed applications received by March 1st 2016   Offers will be made by March 15th 2016
  • For all completed applications received by May 3rd 2016   Offers will be made by May 17th 2016
  • For all completed applications received by July 1st 2016    Offers will be made by July 15th 2016

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places. 

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants: Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...


Grant Opportunities:

Funding opportunities can be found here.


Regulations:

The programme presents a full-time day course of study (Monday to Friday), with delivery through an integrated combination of methods including lectures, seminars and workshops; ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ laboratory work; computer-based exercises; private study; field work (onshore and also at sea); and an independent supervised research project.

As part of the development of their thesis, students will be offered placements in the state-of-the-art Beaufort laboratory with direct access to academic and research staff. This should assist students in producing robust research as well as an appreciation of working in an active research environment. 

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

Assessment will be through a combination of coursework (including laboratory, computer and field-based work), written exams and submission of an independently-conducted research dissertation. The proportion of marks assigned to each of these components will vary between modules.


Qualification: Master of Science

Credits:
Level: 
9
Scheme: 
NFQ
Value: 
90
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