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Coastal and Marine Management

Course Description

Coastal and Marine Management http://www.uw.is/coastal/ is an international, interdisciplinary Master's degree in the field of resource management. The programme emphasizes ideas and methods from ecology, sociology, economics and business studies. Students completing the programme have knowledge of the diverse and valuable resources of the coast and the sea, understand their current condition, and have gathered tools and expertise to drive the sustainable use of marine resources. Among the fields which the master's program in Coastal and Marine Management prepares students to work in are resource and land use planning, environmental impact assessment, consulting work, teaching and research. The program is internationally oriented and taught in English, and both students and instructors come from a diverse range of countries. The University Centre of the Westfjords offers this programme in co-operation with the University of Akureyri. Teaching takes place in the town of Ísafjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland.

Programme composition

The CMM programme consists of 120 ECTS at the Master's level, of which 75 ECTS are earned from courses and 45 ECTS come in the form of a thesis. All courses are taught in succession and the terms/semesters are therefore not clearly marked. The programme begins in the autumn term with core courses, and in the spring and summer terms elective courses are on offer.


The application deadline for citizens outside the EU/EEA area is February 15th.The first application deadline for EU/EEA Citizens is April 15th. The second application deadline for EU/EEA citizens is June 5th. Applications arriving before the first deadline will be prioritized. Application forms are available online.

Annual fee

The annual fee for the master´s program in Coastal and Marine Management at the University Centre of the Westfjords is ISK 150.000 for students from the European Economic Area (EEA) and ISK 300.000 for students from other countries (out-of-state tuition).

Visit the Coastal and Marine Management page on the University Centre of the West Fjords website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The prerequisite for admission to the program is completion of an undergraduate university degree; it is irrelevant whether this is a BA, BS or BEd.Applicants must have a good command of English, as all instruction takes place in English. It is assumed that applicants from Iceland, the Scandinavian countries, English-speaking countries, and from universities where all teaching takes place in English will have satisfactory English skills and knowledge. Other applicants must demonstrate that their English ability is sufficient by submitting TOEFL scores or results from other equivalent tests.

Last Updated

17 January 2017

Course Fees

The annual fee is ISK 150.000 for students from the European Economic Area (EEA) and ISK 300.000 for students from other countries (out-of-state tuiti

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