The course in Coastal Zone Management is one of a number of interlinked e-learning PgDip/MSc courses offered by the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Ulster University. The School was originally established in 1969 and it has a long and successful record of teaching and research in an interrelated group of subjects focusing on Geography and Environmental Science. We have been offering innovative, fully online, distance learning Master’s programmes for nearly 20 years and we have a rich and diverse student body studying in all parts of the world. The course in Coastal Zone Management draws upon the latest innovations and developments in the subject area and, in particular, focuses on practical projects and the considerable research into coastal management being undertaken within the School. Topics considered include aquaculture, tourism, conservation, land and coastal planning, and sustainable resource development.
The specific objectives of the course are for you to develop:
Why study with us?
Our extensive experience in online course delivery means that we consistently get high student satisfaction levels and positive feedback from past and present students as well as external examiners and evaluators.
This course is offered fully online and is completed part-time by distance learning. You do not need to visit the University at any stage to successfully complete this course.
The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Coastal Zone Management and the Master of Science (MSc) Coastal Zone Management are linked courses. You need to successfully complete the PgDip (120 credit points) before you can transfer to the MSc (a further 60 credit points). To get the full MSc you need to successfully complete 180 credit points.
For part-time postgraduate courses one module is taken each semester and hence the PgDip takes two years (4 semesters) to complete. Modules for the programme are available on a two-year rotational basis so the order in which you will complete the modules depends on when you start the course.
The MSc consists of an advanced project module and an additional two semesters are required to complete this element of the programme. In total the whole MSc programme will take three years part-time (6 semesters).
Accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for associate membership.
Our students enrol for this course to develop their professional knowledge and to acquire new skills. They do this to improve their career and promotion prospects, change their career or, if they are recently graduated, to specialise in a new subject area to enhance their job prospects
Coastal Zone Management graduates from Ulster are employed in a wide range of professions and contexts including local authorities, national and regional governments, international organisations including development agencies, academic and research institutes, and private consultancies.
Geographic information systems have become really interesting to all of us with the increased innovation in smart phones and IOT, whether we are searching for a venue to eat and drink or looking for something specific in a difficult to reach location. At one time GIS was heavily used in planning and map creation, now we all have access to those maps on our mobiles and tablets and we now expect sensors in our phones to connect automatically to satellite systems to tell us our every move, whether we are walking or in the car. This has made the discipline incredibly interesting and opened up a lot more opportunities in terms of work. On top of the more obvious GIS enabled systems many businesses rely on this technology to inform them about weather, shipping, coastal locations, risks and hazards, agriculture and energy and minerals exploration.
Geospatial technologies are increasingly important across all industries and this programme gives you skills in developing remote sensing, working with wide ranging expertise from coastal, marine, ecology, energy, geology, spatial planning, and archaeology. You learn some very useful skills in programming, simulation and modelling, spatial databases and global positioning systems, plus cartography, remote sensing, digital image processing, geographic information systems, field data capture for a variety of devices.
It is worth visiting the Scottish Innovation Centres to find out more about innovations using GIS and the technologies it uses:
The History Origins and Evolution of GIS
GIS Tools and Technologies
People Management and GIS
Data Systems and Big Data
Aspects of Digital Mapping and Visualisation
Fundamentals of GIS and Spatial Analysis
Planning, Managing and Presenting a GIS Project
UAV Remote Sensing, Monitoring and Mapping
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