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MSc Estuarine and Coastal Science and Management

Course content

The programme aims to impart a broad understanding of all aspects of the science and management of estuaries and coastal/marine areas. Through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, field visits and course assignments, it will

• build on the content of your first degree to extend your knowledge within the specific focus on estuarine and marine environments
• allow you to carry out desk, laboratory or field based research projects in such a way that you develop relevant skills in your preferred area
• introduce you to practitioners from government, other statutory bodies and industry to provide an insight into working practices relevant to environmental management
• prepare you for employment within regulatory bodies, the water industry, and environmental consultancies and applied research

The world’s coasts, estuaries and other brackish/marine areas have long bee under threat from both natural and man-made changes. They are sites of many activities (navigation and ports, military, recreation and amenity, commercial fisheries, waste disposal, mineral exploration and extraction, and conservation) which all place demands on these aquatic ecosystems.

It is increasingly obvious that the study of these areas and their management, in order to reconcile such conflicting uses, demands a multidisciplinary approach. Such an approach is needed to bring together the physical, chemical, biological, socio-economic, administrative and legislative aspects of coasts and estuaries.

This broad-based and multidisciplinary postgraduate and/or post-experience programme covers the pure and applied aspects of estuaries and other coastal regions and gives the training necessary to understand and manage these environments. It is aimed at those who are involved or wish to become involved in the study and/or management of these areas in any part of the world.

As with most programmes within the university, the MSc/Diploma is operated on a modular basis. It is presented by university staff together with outside experts from industry and the regulatory agencies. It is coordinated through the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS). The programme has been included on the Postgraduate Accredited Courses lists of the British Council and the Natural Environment Research Council, and it is aimed at entrants from a wide range of backgrounds. Recent graduates have obtained employment within industry, regulatory governmental and regional agenices, and research laboratories concerned with estuaries and coasts.

The programme covers one calendar year (September to September) for full-time students, although it may be offered part-time over two years for suitable candidates. The taught component (September to May) can be taken for the Diploma, while June to September is devoted to a research project necessary to complete the MSc. The taught component involves lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, case studies and visits, with seminars presented by experts from organisations involved in applied coastal and estuarine management. Aspects of scientific reporting, data treatment and statistical techniques are also covered.

You select a research project from a list proposed by academic staff. We cover community, population and organism biology and biological aspects of pollution. Other supervisors come from Geography (physical, socio-economics and coastal protection), Chemistry (environmental and analytical), the IECS (coastal zone management, environmental impact assessment), Economics (environmental economics), Engineering (environmental sensing), Law (the UK legal framework, the European Commission and international treaties) and the Hull International Fisheries Institute (aspects of commercial fisheries). Research projects which cross disciplines can be carried out within the IECS. We encourage projects carried out in collaboration with external bodies such as regulatory agencies or industrial companies.

Taught topics:
• Physical aspects
• Analytical and environmental chemistry
• Biological aspects
• Hydrodynamic modelling
• Socio-economic aspects
• Legal aspects
• Fisheries and bioresource utilisation
• Coastal change and protection
• Pollution and other anthropogenic harm





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