Masters | Postgraduate Course - Coastal Engineering MSc Course Details within University of Plymouth

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Coastal Engineering MSc

Study Details

MSc 1 year (+ optional placement), full-time, part-time route available

Do you want to be involved in the defence, protection and management of the world’s coastlines? Aimed at engineers and physical scientists, our MSc Coastal Engineering combines the theory of waves and tides with coastal modelling, port engineering and management. Supported by a team of experienced staff in one of the largest coastal engineering research groups in the UK, you’ll gain expertise to help progress your future career.

Key features

  • Broaden your coastal engineering expertise by selecting from a range of options, including port policy and management, modelling of coastal processes, remote sensing and GIS, mechanics of marine renewable energy structures, and assessment of coastal resource impacts. 
  • Deepen your knowledge through collaboration with our large, internationally-recognised research group.
  • Be inspired by our new £19 million Marine Building, housing the acclaimed COAST laboratory which offers facilities for teaching water and coastal engineering as well as conducting world-class research.
  • Benefit from a degree accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. 
  • Recent graduates work as scientists, researchers or engineers at graduate destinations such as: Arup, Mott MacDonald, Environment Agency, Symprove, HR Wallingford, Mining Searches UK, Canterbury Council and JBA Consulting. 
  • Take part in an integral work placement year and conduct the programme over two years.

Module details

Core modules

  • BPIE500 Masters Stage 1 Placement Preparation 
  • COUE506 Port and Harbour Engineering 
  • COUE507 Coastal Engineering 
  • MAR513 Research Skills and Methods 
  • PRCE505 MSc Dissertation 

Optional modules

  • MAR512 Assessment of Coastal Resources and Impacts 
  • MAR518 Remote Sensing and GIS 
  • MAR528 Mechanics of MRE Structures
  • MAR706 Port Policy and Management 
  • MATH523 Modelling Coastal Processes 

Final year

Core modules

  • BPIE504 Civils Masters Industrial Placement

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.

Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.