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
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.
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.
This course is based at Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton), Highfield and Boldrewood.
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.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in oceanography, geography, geology or the environmental and physical sciences.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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On the full-time course you'll study for 12 months, from September to the following September.
For the first 8 months (semesters 1 and 2) you'll focus on the taught part of your course.
Each semester is made up of a combination of modules that everyone on the course takes, and modules that we’ll ask you to choose from a list of options.
Exams take place at the end of semesters 1 and 2.
For the last part of the course, over the summer, you’ll work independently on your research project and dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- field and laboratory classes
- independent study
We’ll assess you through:
- written exams
- problem-solving exercises
- laboratory and field reports
- oral presentations
- individual and group projects
- research project and dissertation
You'll carry out a research project and a dissertation on a subject of your choice.
This is your chance to develop your research skills and show your your in-depth knowledge of a particular subject.
The project, which you’ll complete over the summer, will involve sourcing and gathering information, critical analysis, and evaluation and presentation skills.
The project should contain your own original ideas. It should also exceed the existing standard of technical design, and tackle a newly identified problem that requires the application of new research.
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
The skills and knowledge you develop on this course will put you in demand with a range of employers. Graduates have gone on to work as coastal or environmental engineers with:
- local authorities
- national government organisations
- engineering consultants
You’ll also be in a great position to continue your studies at PhD level.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £23,136.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000