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

About the course

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

  • Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Structural Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, Institute of Highway Engineers)
  • Broaden your coastal engineering expertise by selecting from a range of options, including port policy and management, modelling of coastal

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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.

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


Course Content



Where is University of Plymouth


Student Profile(s)

Bonita Rickard

639.jpg After 16 years working as an Administrator I was looking for a career change. After successfully completing the Foundation Pathways in Technology course I was able to progress onto the BEng (Hons) Civil & Coastal Engineering degree and then decided to continue my studies on the MSc in Coastal Engineering in order to specialise within this field. The BEng (Hons) Civil & Coastal Engineering degree at the University of Plymouth is widely respected within the engineering community and this has allowed me to secure a good job as a coastal engineer.

Since graduating from the MSc in Coastal Engineering I have been working in the Plymouth office of Hyder Consulting (with whom I spent my undergraduate placement year) as a Graduate Engineer. My work has included assisting with the project management of the design checks for a tender submission for a port redevelopment in Scotland, proposals for a hydro-electric power scheme - which has included the investigation of alternative methods of excavating the bed material from an existing tidal reservoir - and a study to determine the viability of a cross-Forth Passenger ferry service, to relieve some of the congestion on the Forth Road Bridge.


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