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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonPostgraduate study

H222 MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment (1 year)

The accredited MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment course provides training in coastal engineering for civil engineers and physical scientists. This unique programme is taught jointly between Engineering and the Environment and Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton, with extensive input from industry.

Introducing your course

The coastal zone is widely recognised as important at national, European and global levels. Skilled graduates who can understand environmental coastal issues and apply this to engineering problems are in high demand. This course has been designed with your future career in mind and will enable you to acquire core knowledge of environmental coastal engineering; develop key skills such as the use of numerical models, data analysis, environmental impact assessment, and design of coastal structures; and apply this knowledge to address real world problems in the coastal zone.

ECE student surveying a prototype beach in the Delta Flume, Netherlands, during the EU Hydralab IV Barrier Dynamics Experiments for his masters project

Overview

Why Southampton?

• 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.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You apply through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. You can find out more here.

For all enquiries, email mscenq@southampton.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)23 8059 8310

Accreditation

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. 

Course Themes 

 Student uses an annular flume to study sediment transport

Coastal Sediment and Morphodynamics

Learn about fundamental process governing coastal sediment dynamics and mophodynamics and their implications to managing coasts and soft engineering.

Learn about Coastal Flooding

Coastal Flooding and Hydrodynamics

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.

Coastal Structures

Learn about the different functions of coastal structures and their design.

Renewable Energy

Learn about the innovative areas of marine renewable energy (waves and tides).

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“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

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

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.

Selection process

Intake: 20

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.

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

Modules

Typical course content

The structure shown below is for full-time students. Delivery for part-time students is agreed on an individual basis.

Year 1

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).

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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Funding

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:

TypeDescription
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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Waterfront Campus

NOCS (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)

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