The programme is designed to equip graduates with an interdisciplinary grasp of the environmental and socio-economic challenges facing tropical coastal zones so that, as experts, they may facilitate sustainable development through appropriate understanding and management.
This programme began in 1987 and now has graduates successfully working throughout the tropics for non-governmental organisations, companies and national and international agencies. It provides you with an advanced understanding of the key factors that underpin effective coastal management including cultural, legal, political, scientific and technological dimensions.
For the MSc you take compulsory modules (80 credits), optional modules (20 credits), and complete a research project (80 credits). Core taught modules include: critical appraisal of coastal production systems; principles and practice of integrated coastal management; marine environmental research skills; and coastal governance. Optional modules include: habitat mapping and resource assessment; sustainable world aquaculture; and environmental impact assessment.
The programme is supported by inputs from other academic institutions, industry and government and non-governmental organisations. Hands-on training is provided through supervised independent study for the main research project (four months), lectures, practical classes and a wide range of case studies using real-world examples. Formative and peer assessment is used extensively, and a logbook is used to document progress in the module principles and practice of integrated coastal management.
Extra costs may be incurred for fieldwork as part of this degree; however, some financial support may be available.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission