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Engineering and the EnvironmentPostgraduate study

MSc Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (2 years)

The Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM), is a two-year English taught international masters degree. The course is offered by a consortium of five recognised European universities: 1) The Norwegian Univerisity of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway 2) Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 3) Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands 4) City University London, United Kingdom 5) University of Southampton, United Kingdom. During the course, students study in two or three different countries depending on the individual track of study.

Introducing your degree

Do you want to protect the coasts and marine habitats of the world? Fascinated by the mechanics of waves, tides and surges? Then choose the MSc Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management degree. Learn how to prepare coastal areas in the event of sea-level rise and study how marine tides can contribute to renewable energy. The skills and knowledge that you will acquire on the course should provide you with the ability to assess and make sound judgments on the topic of coastal and marine management.


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.

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To Apply

The MSc Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (COMEM) is a collaborative Erasmus Mundus programme and does not receive direct applications. To apply for the course please visit the COMEM website.

Key Facts

  • The CoMEM offers 5 tracks
  • You can pursue the Environment and Management track at Southampton.
  • Upon successful completion of the Erasmus Mundus CoMEM Master’s programme, you will receive a MSc degree from each of the three universities you visited during the course

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Please visit the CoMEM website for details about the admissions process and entry requirements.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

For information about the modules available for each track please visit the CoMEM website.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentDesign equipment and materials: Standard construction/modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile. For customisation of designs/models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
ClothingField course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copyingIn some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile.
OtherOptional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

For information about careers please take a look at the employability section of the CoMEM website.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Waterfront campus

National Oceanography Centre

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