This MSc equips graduates of engineering or science degrees with the knowledge and skills needed to work within the coastal engineering industry. You’ll study core topics in coastal and port engineering, be introduced to numerical modelling techniques, obtain hands-on experience of using state-of-the-art software tools and carry out physical modelling of coastal structures within the COAST laboratory.

Supervised and supported by members of the COAST Engineering Research Group, you will also have the opportunity to undertake a substantial research project focused on an aspect of coastal engineering,

Key features

  • Equips engineering and science graduates with knowledge and understanding of engineering and coastal processes enabling them to work in this strategically important sector.
  • Learn how to quantify the loading effects of waves, tides, surges and manage the influences of climate change: sea level rise and greater storminess.
  • Discover how coastal structures – breakwaters, groynes, sea walls – are designed to protect against flooding and coastal erosion.
  • Understand how modern ports are designed for the needs of international trade.
  • Work in our acclaimed COAST laboratory to develop skills in physical modelling and interact with our COAST researchers or collect data in Plymouth Sound.
  • Obtain hands on experience in numerical modelling using modern industry software.
  • The programme is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates with an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year – Full-time, Part-time route available

Module Details:

Core modules

  • Port and Harbour Engineering (COUE506)
  • Advanced Coastal Engineering Modelling (COUE508)
  • Coastal and Offshore Engineering (COUE510)
  • Research Skills and Methods (MAR513Z)
  • Interdisciplinary Design Project (PRCE508)
  • MSc Dissertation (PROJ517)

Optional modules

  • Assessment of Coastal Resources and Impacts (MAR512)
  • Remote Sensing and GIS (MAR518)
  • Mechanics of ORE Structures (MAR536)

Programme Funding

From scholarships and loans, to grants from charitable trusts, you can fund your postgraduate study at Plymouth in a number of ways.

Student Destinations

For Civil Engineering graduates this programme will help you work as a specialist coastal engineer. For other applicants the course provides you with the skills and knowledge to work alongside engineers within the sector.

Previous graduates work as scientists, researchers or engineers at graduate destinations such as Arup, Mott MacDonald, the Environment Agency, Symprove, HR Wallingford, Mining Searches UK, Canterbury Council and JBA Consulting.


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Entry Requirements

Minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in engineering or physical science subject e.g. geography, environmental science or physics.

Students with advanced standing who can evidence an academic ability to similar levels may also be considered.

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