M.Sc. Engineering in the Coastal Environment

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP19673 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Southampton | Southampton, 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 MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment programme provides training in coastal engineering with joint emphasis on environmental and oceanographic matters and provides appropriate vocational training for interested engineers and physical scientists.

Description of Engineering in the Coastal Environment


This course 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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline May 31
Tuition fee
  • GBP 19673 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 6724 Year (EEA)
Start date October  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, 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

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Engineering in the Coastal Environment

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

Work Experience for Engineering in the Coastal Environment

No work experience is required.

More Information


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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