Coastal Management Degree

Offered mainly as a postgraduate degree, coastal management deals with the protection, defense, and development of coastal areas and coastal zones. You will explore your understanding of coastal and marine environments, and what we can do to protect them. This area of expertise is in increasingly high demand due to the current climate change issues, as well as the inevitable erosion of our coastlines.

Highlighted courses and degrees in Coastal Management


A postgraduate degree in coastal management will build upon the knowledge you gained at undergraduate level. Normally, you will have studied your undergraduate degree in a closely related subject area, so you will have a foundation of knowledge. You will have the chance to apply those skills to more specific issues, tailoring your knowledge to an area of interest.

Your degree will be delivered through a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical sessions and field trips. You may also be presented with the opportunity to take part in a work placement module as part of your degree. This will allow you to apply your skills in a real world environment.


Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise throughout your degree. This could be in the form of choosing certain modules, or simply picking your area of research for your final project. The specialisation you choose can influence the area in which you choose to work after you have graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Marine Ecosystems
  • Coastal Environments
  • Flood Risk Management and Natural Resources
  • Coastal Erosion
  • Port Policy and Management
  • Lake Ecology
  • Marine Resources

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation or submit a final major research project, this will give you the opportunity to further explore an area of interest within coastal management.

Accreditation and Certification

The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. Different countries have different accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) for a postgraduate degree in coastal management.

Depending on your career path once you have graduated, you may be able to gain further academic and professional qualifications and certifications. These can help to progress your career, as well as enhancing your knowledge and skill set.

Timeframe and Further Studies

Generally, a postgraduate degree in coastal management can take one to two years to complete. Postgraduate diplomas and certificates can last up to two years, when studied full-time. Your institution might offer part-time or online study options, which may change the duration of your degree course.

After successfully completing your degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a research degree, such as an MPhil or PhD, or a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

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Entry Requirements for Degrees in Coastal Management

The entry requirements for a coastal management degree will depend on where you choose to study. Some universities will require you to sit an entrance exam, where others may rely on previous exam results. Some universities might prefer you to have studied certain subjects, and others may consider previous relevant work experience.

You should check each institution to see what entry requirements they have for their coastal management programmes.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may want to consider a pathway course.

Typical entry requirements:

  • UK2:2 or higher in a related subject, 6.5 IELTS

Fund Your Studies

Tuition fees for international students are not fixed. This means that they can vary greatly from institution to institution. You should make sure that you are aware of how much your course will cost you.

You may be eligible for a scholarship or funding. This could be awarded by your institution, or by a separate funding body. For more information, visit our scholarships and funding section to read more about funding your studies.

Typical course fees (per year):

  • UK£16,250

Career Options

Graduates of a coastal management degree will find there are a wide variety of career opportunities available to them. If you choose to work in a role directly related to your degree, jobs might include coastal engineer, marine manager, port manager, or oceanographer.

You will have gained a wide variety of transferable skills throughout your degree in coastal management. These skills could include critical thinking, project management, and data collection and analysis.

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