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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:

  • an advanced understanding of how coasts ‘work’;
  • a clear and detailed appreciation of the role of humans in coastal systems;
  • sophisticated insights into both past and current practice and new, innovative developments.
  • enhanced decision-making skills.

Why study with us?

  • You will get support and advice from experienced lecturers, tutors, librarians and e-learning IT staff.
  • There is total flexibility of location – you can study from almost anywhere and there is no need to travel to classes.
  • You can choose the times you study to suit yourself, so that you can combine study and work.
  • You will be able to access a wide range of online resources such as e-books and journals, digital lectures and module discussion boards within the sector leading e-learning platform, Blackboard.
  • There is flexibility in the level of the course – you can study for a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or a Master’s degree (MSc) or enrol for individual modules that interest you.

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).

Professional recognition

Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES)  

Accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for associate membership.

Career options

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.

Visit the Coastal Zone Management - PGDip/MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!




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