Coastal and Marine Management is an international, multidisciplinary master’s program in natural resource management. The program is especially built on the principle and practice of biology, sociology, economics and business studies. By the end of the program students understand the innumerable and valuable resources of the coast and oceans, understand their significance, and have versed themselves in methods and skills to manage the sustainable utilisation of these resources. The language of teaching and general communication is English. The program is offered by the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður in co-operation with the University of Akureyri. Teaching takes place in Ísafjörður.
Candidates must have completed a first University degree (BS, BA or other equivalent degrees), and fulfil other considerations set by the program‘s academic quality committee. First class grade is usually required.
The program is cross-disciplinary and prepares students for diverse positions in both the public and private sectors. 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 master´s program in Coastal and Marine Management introduces students to various methods for managing marine and coastal areas, based on economic, social, and environmental considerations.
The program consists of core courses and elective courses, plus the thesis. Core subjects are taught mainly at the beginning of the program, as they form the basis for subsequent teaching. The program focuses on management and courses promote an interdisciplinary approach. The curriculum is structured so that the courses give students a holistic view of the subject, at the same time as remaining accessible to external students. Emphasis is placed on practical approaches and solutions to real-life problems, always based upon principles of sustainable development.
Iceland´s Environment and Natural Resources
ICZM: Introduction and Theory
Coastal and Marine Ecology
Shipping and Offshore in the Arctic
Marine Protected Area Management
Arctic Ocean Governance
Physical Processes of Coastal and Marine Environments
Pollution in the Coastal Arctic
Themes in Coastal and Sea-Based Tourism
Evaluating Sustainable Fisheries
Geographical Information Systems
Leadership and Management in Changing Times
Innovation and Sustainability in Aquaculture
Innovation in Aquaculture
Law of the Sea
Conflict Resolution in Oceans Management
Resource Economics and Policy
ICZM Practical Applications and Challenges
Communicating Climate Change
Marine Renewable Energy
Environmental Certification Programs and Eco labelling Schemes
The University Centre of the Westfjords is committed to supporting our students and to being an active member of the global coastal and marine management community. To that end, we will continue to update our job opportunties list to help you begin in this exciting career or find the next challenging step.
The program covers a wide arc of ocean related environmental and resource management areas and students can specialise within this sphere using elective courses and with their choice of thesis topic. Students are welcome to take elective courses at other universities, with the Master’s program committee approval.
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