M.Sc. Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management

Delft University of Technology

Application deadline: March 1
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,835 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,916 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management, is a two-year English taught international Master's programme. The programme is offered by a consortium of five recognised European universities. During the programme, students study in two or three different countries depending on the individual track of study.

All participating universities have long-standing relations with the industry, public works administrations and research and education institutes. During the course students familiarise themselves with key issues involved in providing sustainable, environmentally friendly, legally and economically acceptable solutions to various problems in the CoMEM field.

Studying in different European countries will enable students to meet and work with professionals from various backgrounds and to gather knowledge on a wide range of issues involved; they will also get a comprehensive EU perspective on CoMEM related issues. This will help students to develop a coherent and integrated approach that is applicable to a more global perspective as well.


The curriculum for each track has been designed to create a balanced set of courses from the existing courses at each partner. The student builds the specific knowledge required for the MSc track and profile through courses, practical assignments and projects, complemented by internships and the supervised final MSc work. The courses are integrated, so prerequisite knowledge from different courses is assured and learning objectives are fulfilled.

To expose the student to new challenges at the state-of-the-art in coastal and marine engineering and management, the programme is complemented by visits to on-going project sites and consultancy companies, and by guest lecturers from associated partners and experienced scholars in the programme.

The CoMEM students will be following existing courses together with students from other MSc programmes facilitating social integration with national students. The curriculum includes 6-8 ECTS of "Society Oriented" content in ethics. These are compulsory. Courses in languages are offered as credit bearing courses. The thesis is an individual in-depth research or expert design project. Students can take an in-depth mono-disciplinary thesis project or link her/his thesis to a multidisciplinary project. The thesis work consists of 30 ECTS.


The Arctic Marine Coastal Engineering track provides students with the knowledge, skills and competencies for sustainable marine coastal development in the vulnerable Arctic region. The students will mostly acquire the knowledge on the environmental actions for the design of Arctic port, coastal and offshore structures at NTNU combined with the specialisation in coastal morphology at TU Delft. Thus, a graduate from the Arctic Marine Coastal Engineering Track will have a sound coastal engineering competence specialized in marine arctic engineering technology. The experience in coastal fieldwork undertaken in the Norwegian Arctic region combined with exposure to Coastal morphological issues in the Netherlands provides the necessary knowledge.

TRACK 2 (City):

Track 2 combines the CITY focus on maritime operations, technology, maritime management, business, economics, finance, law, planning and accounting, and the NTNU studies on the description of the ocean environment and port and coastal issues with UPC's courses on sustainable coastal development for natural ecosystems and human safety aspects. Thus, the knowledge and skills obtained by students at NTNU and UPC will provide the scientific and technical foundations, which are necessary, to be able to undertake real projects. Such projects require knowledge of financial, technical, and legal issues and must be managed accordingly if they are to be successful. This track provides the students with the knowledge and skills, which are necessary to take up positions of greater responsibility and to move from mainly operational to managerial and strategic positions.


The programmes at NTNU, UPC and SOTON in the Environment and Management Track are complimentary and allow a progression from a solid foundation in coastal engineering developed at NTNU and reinforced at UPC towards an emphasis on soft methods and solutions at SOTON. This uses SOTON's specialisation in soft engineering, shoreline management planning and preparing for long-term change in coastal areas, such as sea-level rise and climate change. This track includes applying important methods such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and will prepare them for working environmental management dimensions of coastal engineering with a sound understanding of the relevant EU situation.


The Coastal Engineering Track has its focus on the hard Northern European coastal engineering provided by the programmes at NTNU and TU Delft, but distinguishes itself from Track 1 by the inclusion of soft engineering provided with the SOTON programme in the third semester. Graduates from this track will thus have a basic coastal engineering competence and in addition instead of a competence in marine arctic engineering technology a competence in soft engineering. Since there are quite a number of differences in coastal engineering problems in Norway, the Netherlands and the UK, graduates from this track will also have a much wider focus on coastal engineering issues compared to graduates from the individual partner universities.


Track 5 of CoMEM follows the engineering and environment ("working with nature") approach right from the beginning. It has been designed so students achieve a specialization by combining engineering projects fundamentals (NTNU and UPC) with environmental and managerial skills (SOTON). The mechanical concepts for the marine environment and coastal structures design introduced at NTNU are the basis for the advanced education and training at UPC in coastal dynamics and the implications these have for a) coastal protection and b) coastal management. SOTON adds more advanced morphodynamical concepts and the multiplicity of time and space scales that are required for coastal zone management.

The diverse social, economic and technical environments from three different European countries are a separate objective. From Barcelona; the Latin administrative type of settings for a micro tidal environment with moderate energy in the marine factors. From Southampton the Anglo Saxon administrative settings for a meso tidal environment with higher energetic driving terms. Finally from Norway; the Scandinavian type of administrative settings and a contrasting set of environments that go from exposed coasts to fiords.

The required mobility will play a key role in this multidimensional education of the student and will allow a natural enrichment of their capacity to define and solve coastal problems.


Scholarships are available. Eligible category A and category B applicants will be selected by the Board of CoMEM in January/February. (cf. the tab: For MSc applicants.)

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