coastal

Mode of Study

Full-time, Part-time

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date

September 2023

Overview

The Master’s in Coastal and Marine Resource Management looks in-depth at a range of challenges unique to marine and coastal environments, from the health of ocean ecosystems, to the conservation, preservation and sustainable development of coastlines.

You’ll study new techniques for mapping and modelling environments, planning and allocating resources, and developing and growing coastal communities and economies.

Studying in the historic naval and commercial port city of Portsmouth, you’ll be ideally placed to experience the busy Solent waterway, the Jurassic coasts of Dorset and the Isle of Wight and marine conservation zones in Hampshire and Sussex.

Coastal and Marine Resource Management at Portsmouth is ideally suited to people who are passionate about the planet and global issues such as sustainability and climate change.

Graduates from this course have gone on to work for organisations like The Environment Agency, Natural England, the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Marine Conservation Society as scientists, planners and policy makers.

Course highlights

  • Learn how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals can be incorporated in coastal and marine conservation and development
  • Understand the challenges and opportunities of marine policy, planning and conservation, and the Blue Economy – the biggest issues being tackled by researchers in our Centre for Blue Governance 
  • Take part in field trips and site visits in Hampshire, Dorset and Sussex, including a two-day residential course on the Isle of Wight and six-day residential course on Jersey in the Channel Islands
  • Learn the key theories and principles of Geographic Information System (GIS) data mapping and analysis
  • Regularly hear from guest speakers from industry
  • Make the most of the diverse marine and coastal environments, wildlife, urban development and maritime heritage in and around Portsmouth
  • Design and undertake your own advanced research project

Standard applications

Start this course in September 2022

Apply now (full time, 1 year)

Apply now (part time, 2 years)

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Explore your MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management degree

Hear from Dr Jonathan Potts

 

Find out more about what you'll experience on this MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management degree from Course Lead, Dr Jonathan Potts.

Dr Jonathan Potts: What makes people want to study here? It's all about coastal marine issues so everything from marine plastics, to climate change, through to marine spatial planning, through to marine and coastal recreation. Getting lots and lots of guest speakers in many of whom are ex-students. They're working for all different types of organisations, whether it be overseas governments or whether it be local governments here in the UK.

Other students end up in jobs with the Environment Agency, Natural England, English Heritage — you name it. There's a breadth of jobs out there and we have a very, very good employability rate. I think the most important things are that you'll make a great range of people, there's a really good lecturing team, and you'll develop a range of academic and career-based skills that will never leave you. 

The course is unique because there is no other one like it in the country. Portsmouth provides a great setting for the course as it is surrounded by such an interesting and busy coastline.
Liz Inwards, MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

Once you've completed this course, you'll be well positioned for a career in policy, planning or management.

You may also choose to work in industry, with community groups, for landowners or in a consultancy role. Alternatively, you might wish to pursue a career in research or education.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding the right job, through our industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Property Manager
  • Operational Meteorology Technician
  • Scientific Officer
  • Coastal Engineer
  • Coastal Technician
  • Senior Change Analyst 
  • Planning Policy Officer

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Met Office
  • Central Government
  • Local Authorities
  • Royal Haskoning DHV
  • Just One Ocean

What you'll study

Modules

Modules

All modules on this Master's course are core.

Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically discuss the complexity and interrelatedness of coastal and marine environments with specific reference to resource management activities.
  • Evaluate the theoretical and conceptual bases of integrated coastal and marine resource management.
  • Critically discuss how integrated coastal zone management can contribute to the resolution of conflict in the coastal zone.
  • Critically assess physically induced hazards and the causes of risks affecting human occupation of the shoreline environment.
  • Analyse critically the strengths and weaknesses of the range of theoretical approaches and practical techniques involved in the past, recent and present management of coastal environments in Great Britain and globally.
  • Appraise the theory and practise of British style shoreline management planning within a variety of challenging contexts. Apply systematic principles to evaluate potential outcomes of alternative management scenarios in complex circumstances.

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically discuss the development of marine policy nationally and internationally.
  • Critically discuss the development of marine spatial planning nationally and internationally.
  • Assess the implications of national and international frameworks and policies for humankind's use of coastal and marine resources.
  • Identify and critically discuss key marine conservation issues and the mechanisms employed to deal with them.
  • Identify and critically appraise the way marine conservation is undertaken in the UK and globally.
  • Understand and critically evaluate the frameworks, directives, policies and initiatives in place that deal with marine conservation.

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Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • With technical expertise, input, edit, manipulate and output spatially referenced data using industry-standard GIS computer software.
  • Critically evaluate alternative spatial models and how they impact on system functionality and applicability to real world problems.
  • Undertake complex spatial and surface modelling in a variety of GIS application areas.
  • Have a depth and systematic understanding of key theories and principles that underpin GIS.

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Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically discuss the ethical issues and associated implications of working with human samples, animals and/or stem cells to a variety of research topics associated with medical biotechnology.
  • Critically evaluate a current medical biotechnology topic area, demonstrate an intimate knowledge and thorough understanding of the chosen topic and critical appraisal of published information.
  • Design complex experiments to investigate a specific research area that generates significant new knowledge, demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the research process through explanation, justification and critical evaluation of the chosen methodology.
  • Utilise a range of research techniques and undertake independent research.
  • Present, analyse and critically appraise your research findings in an appropriate scientific format, demonstrate a critical awareness of the application of knowledge to a systematic problem solving approach.
  • Effectively communicate your key research findings to other scientists using advanced written and verbal skills.

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Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate and explain a range of definitions of the sustainable blue economy.
  • Assess the effectiveness of sustainable blue economy strategies in a variety of international settings and scales.
  • Critically evaluate the role of marine conservation as a critical component of the sustainable blue economy.
  • Identify and appraise the position of sustainable blue economy strategies in the broader mix of ocean and coastal governance approaches with a view to achieving the sustainable development goals.
  • To appreciate the practical challenges of developing and communicating a blue economy strategy at a variety of scales.

Explore this module

Modules

Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically discuss the complexity and interrelatedness of coastal and marine environments with specific reference to resource management activities.
  • Evaluate the theoretical and conceptual bases of integrated coastal and marine resource management.
  • Critically discuss how integrated coastal zone management can contribute to the resolution of conflict in the coastal zone.
  • Critically assess physically induced hazards and the causes of risks affecting human occupation of the shoreline environment.
  • Analyse critically the strengths and weaknesses of the range of theoretical approaches and practical techniques involved in the past, recent and present management of coastal environments in Great Britain and globally.
  • Appraise the theory and practise of British style shoreline management planning within a variety of challenging contexts. Apply systematic principles to evaluate potential outcomes of alternative management scenarios in complex circumstances.

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically discuss the development of marine policy nationally and internationally.
  • Critically discuss the development of marine spatial planning nationally and internationally.
  • Assess the implications of national and international frameworks and policies for humankind's use of coastal and marine resources.
  • Identify and critically discuss key marine conservation issues and the mechanisms employed to deal with them.
  • Identify and critically appraise the way marine conservation is undertaken in the UK and globally.
  • Understand and critically evaluate the frameworks, directives, policies and initiatives in place that deal with marine conservation.

Explore this module

Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • With technical expertise, input, edit, manipulate and output spatially referenced data using industry-standard GIS computer software.
  • Critically evaluate alternative spatial models and how they impact on system functionality and applicability to real world problems.
  • Undertake complex spatial and surface modelling in a variety of GIS application areas.
  • Have a depth and systematic understanding of key theories and principles that underpin GIS.

Explore this module

Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Design and implement an advanced research project that is based upon the systematic collation, synthesis and analysis of primary data acquired by the student.
  • Prepare a comprehensive literature review and critically evaluate and discuss the research literature in the context of the students own research project.
  • Systematically analyse primary and/or secondary data using new skills and knowledge and use this new information to critically evaluate a clearly defined research hypothesis.
  • Undertake advanced analysis to generate new understandings and critically discuss these results in relation to identified limitations and within context of previous published research.
  • Report scientific results through different media including: thesis report written to a specified word limit using publication quality diagrams and figures.

Explore this module

Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate and explain a range of definitions of the sustainable blue economy.
  • Assess the effectiveness of sustainable blue economy strategies in a variety of international settings and scales.
  • Critically evaluate the role of marine conservation as a critical component of the sustainable blue economy.
  • Identify and appraise the position of sustainable blue economy strategies in the broader mix of ocean and coastal governance approaches with a view to achieving the sustainable development goals.
  • To appreciate the practical challenges of developing and communicating a blue economy strategy at a variety of scales.

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically discuss the development of marine policy nationally and internationally.
  • Critically discuss the development of marine spatial planning nationally and internationally.
  • Assess the implications of national and international frameworks and policies for humankind's use of coastal and marine resources.
  • Identify and critically discuss key marine conservation issues and the mechanisms employed to deal with them.
  • Identify and critically appraise the way marine conservation is undertaken in the UK and globally.
  • Understand and critically evaluate the frameworks, directives, policies and initiatives in place that deal with marine conservation.

Explore this module

Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • With technical expertise, input, edit, manipulate and output spatially referenced data using industry-standard GIS computer software.
  • Critically evaluate alternative spatial models and how they impact on system functionality and applicability to real world problems.
  • Undertake complex spatial and surface modelling in a variety of GIS application areas.
  • Have a depth and systematic understanding of key theories and principles that underpin GIS.

Explore this module

Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically discuss the complexity and interrelatedness of coastal and marine environments with specific reference to resource management activities.
  • Evaluate the theoretical and conceptual bases of integrated coastal and marine resource management.
  • Critically discuss how integrated coastal zone management can contribute to the resolution of conflict in the coastal zone.
  • Critically assess physically induced hazards and the causes of risks affecting human occupation of the shoreline environment.
  • Analyse critically the strengths and weaknesses of the range of theoretical approaches and practical techniques involved in the past, recent and present management of coastal environments in Great Britain and globally.
  • Appraise the theory and practise of British style shoreline management planning within a variety of challenging contexts. Apply systematic principles to evaluate potential outcomes of alternative management scenarios in complex circumstances.

Explore this module

Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate and explain a range of definitions of the sustainable blue economy.
  • Assess the effectiveness of sustainable blue economy strategies in a variety of international settings and scales.
  • Critically evaluate the role of marine conservation as a critical component of the sustainable blue economy.
  • Identify and appraise the position of sustainable blue economy strategies in the broader mix of ocean and coastal governance approaches with a view to achieving the sustainable development goals.
  • To appreciate the practical challenges of developing and communicating a blue economy strategy at a variety of scales.

Explore this module

Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Design and implement an advanced research project that is based upon the systematic collation, synthesis and analysis of primary data acquired by the student.
  • Prepare a comprehensive literature review and critically evaluate and discuss the research literature in the context of the students own research project.
  • Systematically analyse primary and/or secondary data using new skills and knowledge and use this new information to critically evaluate a clearly defined research hypothesis.
  • Undertake advanced analysis to generate new understandings and critically discuss these results in relation to identified limitations and within context of previous published research.
  • Report scientific results through different media including: thesis report written to a specified word limit using publication quality diagrams and figures.

Explore this module


Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

Once you've completed this course, you'll be well positioned for a career in policy, planning or management.

You may also choose to work in industry, with community groups, for landowners or in a consultancy role. Alternatively, you might wish to pursue a career in research or education.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding the right job, through our industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Property Manager
  • Operational Meteorology Technician
  • Scientific Officer
  • Coastal Engineer
  • Coastal Technician
  • Senior Change Analyst 
  • Planning Policy Officer

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Met Office
  • Central Government
  • Local Authorities
  • Royal Haskoning DHV
  • Just One Ocean

Career outcomes shown are sourced from the latest available graduate outcome surveys. The data shows career outcomes at 15 months after graduation.

9 reasons to do a Master's

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from your tutors and our Careers and Employability Centre – which you can access for up to 5 years after you graduate.

You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Applied projects with employers
  • 1-to-1 appointments
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business
Learn more about your career support

There are no formal work placements as part of this course but we encourage and actively support you in seeking out work experience opportunities.

We regularly invite guest speakers from industry to present their work – many of whom are alumni who've gone on to work in areas such as coastal geomorphology, marine management, conservation or consultancy for organisations such as:

  • The Environment Agency
  • Natural England
  • Crown Estate
  • Worldwide Fund for Nature
  • Government Organisations
  • Local Authorities

Placements and industry connections

There are no formal work placements as part of this course but we encourage and actively support you in seeking out work experience opportunities.

We regularly invite guest speakers from industry to present their work – many of whom are alumni who've gone on to work in areas such as coastal geomorphology, marine management, conservation or consultancy for organisations such as:

  • The Environment Agency
  • Natural England
  • Crown Estate
  • Worldwide Fund for Nature
  • Government Organisations
  • Local Authorities

Course structure

This Master's degree runs full time over 12 months, part time over 24 months from September to September.

  • Full-time students attend in-person, on-campus teaching on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Teaching Block 1, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Teaching Block 2
  • Part-time students attend in-person, on-campus teaching on Tuesdays in the first year and Thursdays in the second year

Teaching

Field work

There are a number of field trips and site visits as part of the course in Hampshire, Dorset and Sussex, as well as a two-day residential on the Isle of Wight and six-day residential course on Jersey in the Channel Islands. The cost of transport and accommodation is covered as part of the course costs, but you may need to budget for food and drinks.

Assessment

You'll undertake regular assessments, including:

  • verbal presentations
  • poster presentations
  • theoretical essays
  • issue-based essays

Teaching staff

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course:

Jonathan Stephenson Potts Portrait

Dr Jonathan Potts

Programme Lead (Post Graduate Taught)

Jonathan.Potts@port.ac.uk

PhD Supervisor

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Stephen Fletcher Portrait

Professor Steve Fletcher

Theme Professor (Environment and Sustainability)

Steve.Fletcher@port.ac.uk

School of the Environment Geography and Geosciences

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project/dissertation.

See key dates

Graduation Class of 2021

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Supporting your learning

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK) for one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

The Maths Café offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Course costs and funding

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

International students may also be eligible for the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences (SEGG) Scholarship. Visit our page to find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Tuition fees (September 2022 start)

  • Full time: £9,400
  • Part time: £3,130 in year 1 and £6,270 in year 2

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: £9,400
  • Part-time: £3,130 in year 1 and £6,270 in year 2
  • Full time: £17,000
  • Part time: £5,670 in year 1 and £11,330 in year 2

Loans, scholarships and bursaries

Browse funding such as the Government Postgraduate Loan, our scholarships for new and returning students, and subject specific loans.

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Fees and funding for postgraduate taught courses

Discover how you can fund your postgraduate studies at Portsmouth – including loans, scholarships and bursaries – and read our guidance on topics like how to budget, and how to get support if you're disabled or have dependents.

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Additional costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees so you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: such photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Field trips: The cost of transport and accommodation is covered as part of the course costs, but you may need to budget for food and drinks.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements

September 2022 start

  • A second class honours degree or equivalent in any subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.0.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start date in September, as long as there are places available. If you wait until September to apply, you may find that the course is full.

If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Ready to apply?

Standard applications

Start this course in September 2023

Apply now (full time, 1 year)

Apply now (part time, 2 years)

I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.