M.Sc. Engineering in the Coastal Environment

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP19570 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP9000 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Southampton, England, United Kingdom
The coastal zone is now widely recognised as important at national, European and global levels. Skilled engineers who can understand environmental issues in such sensitive areas are in high demand. The accredited Master of Science in Engineering in the Coastal Environment programme from University of Southampton provides training in coastal engineering with joint emphasis on environmental and oceanographic matters and provides appropriate vocational training for interested engineers and physical scientists.



This Master of Science in Engineering in the Coastal Environment programme from University of Southampton is provided jointly by academics from Civil Engineering and Ocean and Earth Science.

The career-led course will develop your critical awareness and environmental management of coastal issues. You will develop your core knowledge of Coastal Flood Defences, Coastal Morphodynamics and Coastal Sediment Dynamics. You will also apply impact assessments and learn to use advanced information systems.

The MSc is closely linked with the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) which develops applied coastal research across the University, nationally and internationally. You will also benefit from our partnerships with industry and local councils. Each semester, you will take an additional module relating to Civil Engineering or Marine Science, depending on your first degree.

Your acquired knowledge will be put into practice in a final research project conducted with an industry partner. The best dissertation each year is awarded the prestigious HR Wallingford prize.

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Tuition fee
  • GBP19570 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP9000 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Partnership Joint
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Introductory modules: Introduction to civil engineering (for non-engineers); Introduction to marine geology (for engineers)

Core modules: Applied sediment dynamics; Coastal and flood defence; Coastal morphodynamics; Coastal sediment dynamics; Environmental audit and risk assessment; GIS for coastal engineering; Key skills and applied oceanography; Coastal and maritime energy; Modelling in environmental and earth system science

Assessment: Examination, coursework assignments, dissertation

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Upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in civil engineering, oceanography, geography, geology, environmental or physical sciences. Applicants with lower qualifications, but with relevant experience and a high degree of numeracy, are encouraged to apply

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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers as contribution to full membership (MICE). Accreditation may also be awarded by Institution of Structural Engineers, Institution of Highways and Transportation or Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers.

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