Coastal and Marine Resource Management
The ideal location for marine research
Why take this course?
On this course you will investigate solutions for conserving our coastal zones, seas and oceans through the development of a coordinated strategy to distribute environmental, socio-cultural and institutional resources. It is a dynamic process and you will possess a genuine desire to ensure the long-term sustainability of the world’s coast lines.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Benefit from a wealth of coastal and marine environments on your doorstep – internationally important wildlife, urban development, maritime heritage and the busiest waterway in Britain
- Complement your studies with case study analysis, lectures from guest speakers and fieldtrip opportunities
- Learn alongside students from diverse international backgrounds and politico-economic cultures
What opportunities might it lead to?
This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). On graduating from this course, you can expect to find roles within government agencies, environmental consultancies and observational or research institutions that oversee the investigation and application of resource management issues.
The MSc covered many of the topics I came across in my professional work, such as how coastlines can be managed in a sustainable way.
Lindsey Bates, MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management student
- 1 year full time, 2 years part time
A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man full-time students: £5,000, part-time students: £1,670 in year 1 and £3,330* in year 2
International full-time students: £11,000, part-time students: £3,670 in year 1 and £7,330* in year 2
* Fees are for 2014/15 entry and are subject to annual increase.
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- Programme specification
Structure & Teaching
You can opt to take this course in full-time or part-time mode.
You will be introduced to technical and analytical frameworks and concepts, which will enable you to study these three major themes:
- The physical environment
- The institutional frameworks that have been developed for coastal and ocean areas
- The value of coastal and marine resources
The course is divided into three parts. The first two comprise the taught units of the course covering the key conceptual, institutional and applied bases of the subject. The third focuses on your dissertation.
Here are the units you will study:
- Coastal and Marine Resource Management: You will examine the theory, concepts and frameworks of coastal and marine management, and use topical issues as examples of practical application.
- Coastal Physical Processes and Shoreline Management: You will study the biophysical behaviour of contemporary coastal systems. You will then investigate how and why coastal risk management is practiced and examine the effects of management upon ‘natural’ systems.
- Law of the Sea and Marine Spatial Planning: You will examine the nature of coastal and marine policy and the forces instrumental in creating such a policy. You will also learn about the law affecting the utilisation of marine space and resources and consider the stages, key stakeholders and approaches to marine planning in the UK, Europe and internationally.
- Fieldwork and Research Methods: Firstly, you will examine the role and importance of fieldwork in coastal and marine resource management studies and practice. The concepts, issues and practices covered will mean you can undertake a field-based project on the compulsory residential trip. Secondly, you will have an introduction to research design and methods so you can conduct field research in two contexts: 1) the residential field trip and 2) for your dissertation/independent study.
- Dissertation: This provides you with an opportunity to independently study a topic of your choice related to coastal and marine resource management.
Teaching and Assessment
The course provides a balanced structure of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. You will generally be taught in small classes, providing an informal, friendly and supportive atmosphere for your studies.
How are you assessed?
Assessment is varied, aimed at developing skills relevant to a range of working environments. Here’s how we assess your work:
- preparation of web pages
- poster and oral presentations
- project reports
- literature reviews
- book chapters
Dr Jonathan Potts
Earth and Environmental Sciences
One of the great strengths of the course is that with its international appeal it brings together students from very diverse academic and professional backgrounds and cultures. The student body to date has been characterised by its enthusiasm for the subject and its genuine desire to ensure the long-term sustainability of coastal and marine resources.
Facilities & Features
Specialist Software and Equipment
You will have access to field equipment, including GPS mapping and slope survey kit, as well as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and image processing software (ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, ER Mapper, ENVI). All of these facilities are fully supported by dedicated technical support staff and are freely available whenever you should need to use them.
Institute of Marine Sciences
This is the home of the internationally-renowned Institute of Marine Sciences – the ideal environment to study marine biology. You will have access to the highest quality resources and facilities, including a new Home Office-licensed aquarium facility, quarantine and animal holding rooms, and research laboratories.
We aim to provide you with as much support as possible. There are tutors available to support your studies via online tutorials, email and telephone conferencing. You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will offer support and guidance throughout your studies.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Careers & Opportunities
If you work or hope to work in an organisation involved in marine resource policy or in the use or development of maritime resources, or would like to contribute to the conservation of natural resources of coasts and oceans, this could be the course for you.
It will prepare you to work in industry, for central or local government, with community groups, for landowners or in a consultancy role. Alternatively, you might wish to pursue a career in research or education.
We aim to provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degrees students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service – Purple Door – can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree. We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Online application form
Apply direct using our online form
Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.
Postgraduate Information Days are held twice a year and give you the opportunity to visit the University and meet with subject tutors. The next events are:
- Tuesday 4 March 2014
- Tuesday 29 April 2014
Bookings for both events will open in January 2014.
We also offer Department specific events aimed at postgraduate and part-time students, which are listed below:
- School of Earth and Environmental Science open days
Wednesday 26 March 2014, Wednesday 18 June 2014
- Portsmouth Business School postgraduate and part-time study open evening
Tuesday 4 March 2014, Tuesday 29 April 2014, Tuesday 8 July 2014 and Tuesday 2 September 2014
Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.
Fees and Funding
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