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Engineering in the Coastal Environment (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton), Highfield and Boldrewood
Next course starts
September 2021

About this course

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

The coastal zone is 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 UK course has been designed with your future career in mind and will allow you to: 

  • develop core knowledge of environmental coastal engineering 
  • gain key skills such as the use of numerical models, data analysis, environmental impact assessment, and the design of coastal structures 
  • apply your knowledge to help tackle real-world problems in the coastal zone 

On this course you’ll be taught by research-active experts from both our Engineering and Ocean and Earth Science departments.  

You’ll also benefit from: 

  • strong links to industry and practising coastal engineers, such as HR Wallingford, Associated British Ports and Channel Coastal Observatory 
  • the chance to carry out your research project with an international coastal consultancies or government agency, such as AECOM, H2M, Royal Haskoning, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership or the Environment Agency 
  • close links with the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI), which develops applied coastal research across the University, nationally and internationally

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. Learn more about accreditation on the Joint Board of Moderators website

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Ivan Haigh, Associate Professor in Coastal Oceanography in the School of Ocean and Earth Science. His research focuses on mean sea level, astronomical tides, coastal impacts, and the relationship between extreme sea levels and coastal flooding. Read Dr Haigh's staff profile to find out more about his work.

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This course is accredited by:

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Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
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Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
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Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)
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Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Course locations

This course is based at Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton), Highfield and Boldrewood.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.