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About the course

This MSc equips graduates of engineering or science degrees with the knowledge and skills needed to work within the coastal engineering industry. You'll study core topics in coastal and port engineering, be introduced to numerical modelling techniques, obtain hands-on experience of using state-of-the-art software tools and carry out physical modelling of coastal structures within the COAST laboratory.

Supervised and supported by members of the COAST Engineering Research Group, you will also have the opportunity to undertake a substantial research project focused on an aspect of coastal engineering.

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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 ECCTIS, who provide an advisory service.


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Where is University of Plymouth

Student Profile(s)

Bonita Rickard
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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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