• A unique and effective interdisciplinary educational environment with world leading research expertise and access to cutting-edge facilities.
• Strong links to industry and practicing coastal engineers, such as HR Wallingford, Associated British Ports and Channel Coastal Observatory.
• Research projects undertaken in collaboration with (and often based at) leading international coastal consultancies or appropriate government agencies, including AECOM, CH2M, Royal Haskoning, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, and the Environment Agency.
• Draws on world-class research expertise from both Engineering and the Environment and the Environment and Ocean and Earth Science, which is based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS).
• More than 98% of graduates successfully move into careers or PhD research in the field within six months.
Our 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 partnership with industry and government.
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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.
Learn about and apply data management and modelling methods to improve understanding and assess coastal problems.
Learn about fundamental process governing coastal sediment dynamics and mophodynamics and their implications to managing coasts and soft engineering.
Learn about sources, pathways and receptors of coastal flooding, including sea level rise and develop sustainable solutions for people, infrastructure and the environment.
Learn about the different functions of coastal structures and their design.
Learn about the innovative areas of marine renewable energy (waves and tides).
Learn about project appraisal, environmental impact assessments and decision making to manage the world’s coasts.
“The course is both fascinating and challenging and I have actively enjoyed my time studying it. The lecturers work hard to equip you with a well-rounded view of the complex coastal environment as well as practical skills that are invaluable to anyone looking to pursue a career in coastal engineering”Jenny Watts
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 an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University 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 acceptable English Language qualification such as IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in writing, 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in listening and 6.0 in speaking, or equivalent in other approved English language tests.
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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.
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|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.|
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