MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management

General information

On this course you will investigate solutions for conserving coastal zones, seas and oceans through the development of a coordinated strategy to distribute environmental, socio-cultural and institutional resources. It is a dynamic process and you will possess a genuine desire to ensure the long-term sustainability of the world’s coast lines. You can opt to take this course in full-time or part-time mode. You will be introduced to technical and analytical frameworks and concepts, which will enable you to study these three major themes:

  • The physical environment
  • The institutional frameworks that have been developed for coastal and ocean areas
  • The value of coastal and marine resources.

What will I experience? On this course you can:

  • Benefit from a wealth of coastal and marine environments on your doorstep – internationally important wildlife, urban development, maritime heritage and the busiest waterway in Britain
  • Complement your studies with case study analysis, lectures from guest speakers and fieldtrip opportunities
  • Learn alongside students from diverse international backgrounds and politico-economic cultures

The course is divided into three parts. The first two comprise the taught units of the course covering the key conceptual, institutional and applied bases of the subject. The third focuses on your dissertation. The course provides a balanced structure of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. You will generally be taught in small classes, providing an informal, friendly and supportive atmosphere for your studies. The units that you will study are:

Coastal and Marine Resource Management: You will examine the theory, concepts and frameworks of coastal and marine management, and use topical issues as examples of practical application.

Coastal Physical Processes and Shoreline Management: You will study the biophysical behaviour of contemporary coastal systems. You will then investigate how and why coastal risk management is practiced and examine the effects of management upon ‘natural’ systems.

Law of the Sea and Marine Spatial Planning: You will examine the nature of coastal and marine policy and the forces instrumental in creating such a policy. You will also learn about the law affecting the utilisation of marine space and resources and consider the stages, key stakeholders and approaches to marine planning in the UK, Europe and internationally.

Fieldwork and Research Methods: Firstly, you will examine the role and importance of fieldwork in coastal and marine resource management studies and practice. The concepts, issues and practices covered will mean you can undertake a field-based project on the compulsory residential trip. Secondly, you will have an introduction to research design and methods so you can conduct field research in two contexts: 1) the residential field trip and 2) for your dissertation/independent study.

Dissertation: This provides you with an opportunity to independently study a topic of your choice related to coastal and marine resource management.

Learning outcome:

What opportunities might it lead to? This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). On graduating from this course, you can expect to find roles within government agencies, environmental consultancies and observational or research institutions that oversee the investigation and application of resource management issues.


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

0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management


Venue: University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Department of Geography
University House, Winston Churchill Avenue 
Portsmouth PO1 2UP



UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: 2017/2018

  • Full-time: £5.200
  • Part-time: £1.730 in year 1 and £3.470 in year 2

International students: 2017/2018

  • Full-time: £12.600
  • Part-time: £4.200 in year 1 and £8.400 in year 2

More information about the annual tuition fees


Degree Requirements
A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement.

Language Requirements
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Application Procedure:

Apply directly using the online application form. Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing. It is also possible to submit a hard copy application. Documents required for application:

  • Completed application form
  • Personal Statement / Statement of Purpose
  • Proof of degree and grades (officially certified and translated copies)
  • Proof of English language level (e.g. IELTS Certificate)
  • Two references on official headed paper, one of which should be an academic reference.

Grant Opportunities:

The University website offers several opportunities for postgraduate funding and international funding


This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).


Academic level: Master


Assessment is varied, aimed at developing skills relevant to a range of working environments: preparation of web pages, poster and oral presentations, project reports, literature reviews, book chapters and essays.

Qualification: Master of Science

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