Ulster University

School of Environmental Sciences

Coastal Zone Management



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PgDip/MSc Coastal Zone Management

Format: Online

Program Description:

The PgDip/MSc course in Coastal Zone Management is part-time and offered by Distance Learning. The course has two start dates each year late September and late January. Closing date for applications is end of August for September start and end of December for January start. This programme provides advanced training across the range of subjects involved in contemporary coastal zone management and an understanding of the relevant science and the human activities that affect the coast as a basis for development of management approaches. It is aimed at physical sciences and life sciences graduates, and also those who have demonstrable past or current coastal management responsibilities. Case studies from around the world are used to provide examples of coastal management issues and responses at local to international level and in both coastal land areas and coastal waters. It draws upon the latest innovations and developments and, in particular, practical coastal zone management projects and research being undertaken by the Centre for Coastal and Marine Research of the School of Environmental Sciences. The specific objectives of the course are to develop: • an understanding of how coasts "work" • an appreciation of the role of humans in coastal systems • a familiarity with past and current practice and ongoing developments in coastal zone management The School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Ulster has a well established reputation for teaching high quality fully online programmes and registers some 250 students each year to its suite of postgraduate courses. Modules in this programme are available on a two year rotational basis so the order in which they are studied is dependent upon when a student enters the programme. Four taught modules constitute the postgraduate diploma and one module is taken each semester over two years. The MSc Research Project is the final element of the programme and this is commenced once a student has completed the postgraduate diploma. Management of Coastal Land Resources(30 credits) This module introduces the physical, ecological, cultural and socio-economic characteristics of coastal land resources (beaches, dunes, tidal flats, salt marshes and cliff-shore platform systems). It engenders an understanding of how such systems work and of the impact which humans can render upon them. Practical examples of management practices are demonstrated using case studies from around the world. The strengths and weaknesses of different approaches are critically reviewed. Management of Coastal Water Resources(30 credits) This module introduces the physical, ecological,cultural and socio-economic characteristics of coastal water resources (estuaries, lagoons, reefs, inner shelf environments). It investigates the temporal and spatial variation in these resources and assesses contemporary patterns of human use in this context. Contemporary approaches to coastal water resource management are introduced and discussed. Environmental Data Analysis(30 credits) This module teaches the skills necessary to understand and analyse environmental data. Statistics, environmental modelling, Geographical Information Systems and presentation skills are taught and demonstrated through applied case studies in environmental management. Environmental Impact Assessment(30 credits) This module introduces the concepts and requirements of environmental impact assessment, the methodology of planning and carrying out an environmental audit and the use of environmental management systems. Plus (Masters only) Coastal Zone Management Research Project(60 credits) To obtain an MSc qualification, students are required to complete advanced study under supervision within a specialised area. The project module aims to extend the experience of the student in the practice of scientific investigation and to develop the intellectual skills of recognising and using subject specific theories, concepts, and principles, analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically, collecting and interpreting several lines of evidence to formulate and test hypotheses and applying knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems. The student, by making an original contribution to their field, develops the skills of postgraduate, independent research, commensurate with an MSc.


Institution of Environmental Sciences

International Student Requirements:

English Language requirements - IELTS overall band 6.0 with no contributing band less than 5.5 or TOEFL 550 in the paper based-test.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 3573 GBP

Out State Tuition (per year): 3573 GBP

Classification: Unknown

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