MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management

General information

If you think protecting our coasts and oceans should be a top priority and want a master's qualification that'll give you the skills to do it, then this course is for you.

You'll unpack solutions for conserving our coasts and oceans, and create your own strategies to manage environmental, socio-cultural and institutional resources.

This course incorporates fieldwork, lab time and different research methods. Plus, you'll need to respond to changes in the industry. You'll need lots of energy and a desire to improve the long-term sustainability of the world’s coastlines.

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.

 

Careers and opportunities

Once you've completed this course, you'll be well positioned for a career in marine resource policy, the use or development of maritime resources, or the conservation of natural resources of coasts and oceans.

What can you do with a Coastal and Marine Resource Management degree?

You can expect to find job opportunities within:

  • Government agencies
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Observational or research institutions concerned with resource management

You may also choose to work in industry, with community groups, for landowners or in a consultancy role. Alternatively, you might wish to pursue a career in research or education.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding the right job, through our industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Objective:

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques
  • Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

Teaching

Teaching on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory work

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:

September to December – teaching block 1

January to May – teaching block 2

Content

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

Venue: University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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

Application


Cost:

Full-time

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £7,800

International students – £14,300

Part-time

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

Year 1 (60 credits) – £2,600;

Year 2 (120 credits) – £5,200

International students

Year 1 (60 credits) – £4,770;

Year 2 (120 credits) – £9,530

Fees are subject to annual increase

More information about the annual tuition fees


Prerequisites:

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 for this course using our online application form

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 


Grant Opportunities:

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


Regulations:

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

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

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

Credits:
Scheme: 
UK Credits
Value: 
180
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