M.Sc. Coastal and Marine Resource Management

University of Portsmouth

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2014
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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

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.

Contents

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

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.
Here are the units you will study:

* 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.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

How are you assessed?

Assessment is varied, aimed at developing skills relevant to a range of working environments. Heres how we assess your work:

* preparation of web pages
* poster and oral presentations
* project reports
* literature reviews
* book chapters
* essays

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.

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

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B)

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Accreditation

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

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