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.
View the programme specification document for this course
You apply through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. You can find out more here.
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Programme leader (Civil Engineering): Professor R J Nicholls
Programme leader (Ocean and Earth Science): Dr I D Haigh
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.
- A unique and effective teaching collaboration between the disciplines of Engineering and the Environment, and Ocean and Earth Science drawing on world-class expertise
- Close links to practising coastal engineers, such as HR Wallingford
- Research project is undertaken in collaboration with (and often based at) leading international coastal consultancies or appropriate government agencies
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Typical entry requirements
You need a good (2:1) Honours degree in civil or environmental engineering or oceanography, geography, geology or the environmental and physical sciences. We assess applications on an individual basis and we encourage candidates with alternative qualifications and relevant experience in an appropriate field to apply. We will asess your general ability to undertake the degree programme and, if appropriate, candidates will be invited for interview. In all cases, you must provide evidence of a high degree of numeracy.
English Language requirements
If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of a 6.5 and a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and a score of 6.0 in speaking and listening or an equivalent qualification.
Average applications per place: 5
Applications are considered throughout the year. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, we must have received your application by 31st May at very latest. Otherwise, your applications for October entrance should be submitted before July 31st of the same year, although we may still accept late applications. We may invite you for interview before making an offer.
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Typical course content
The structure shown below is for full-time students. Delivery for part-time students is agreed on an individual basis.
The majority of modules are common to all students on this programme. Depending on your first degree subject, in Semester 1 you will take either CENV6128 (Marine Science graduates) or SOES6016 (Civil Engineering graduates). You will take a total of 4 modules in each semester, plus (for the MSc award) a research project.
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).
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:
|Equipment||Approved 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.|
|Stationery||You 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.|
|Books||Where 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.|
|Equipment||Design 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.|
|Clothing||Field 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 copying||In 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.|
|Other||Optional 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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.