Coastal and Marine Management is an international, interdisciplinary Master´s degree in the field of resource management. The programme emphasises ideas and methods from ecology, sociology, economics and business studies. Students completing the programme have knowledge of the diverse and valuable resources of the coast and the sea, understand their current condition, and have gathered tools and expertise to drive the sustainable use of marine resources.
The course language, including all teaching, is English. The University Centre of the Westfjords offers this programme in co-operation with the University of Akureyri. Teaching takes place in Ísafjörður.
The main condition for acceptance is that applicants have completed a Bachelor´s degree; whether a BA, BSc or BEd. Emphasis is placed on the applicant justifying their reasons and explaining how they hope to link the programme to their previous education and experience.
Applicants must have a good command of English, as all instruction takes place in English. It is assumed that applicants from Iceland, the Scandinavian countries, English-speaking countries, and from universities where all teaching takes place in English will have satisfactory English skills and knowledge. Other applicants must demonstrate that their English ability is sufficient by submitting TOEFL scores or results from other equivalent tests.
Supporting documentation for application:
1. Official evidence of previous education as well as academic records in the form of certified transcripts.
2. Curriculum Vitae.
3. References from at least two people.
4. Certification of English Language
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.
Arctic Ocean Governance
Coastal and Marine Ecology for biologists
Coastal and Marine Ecology for non-biologists
Coastal and Marine Management Theory and Tools
Iceland´s Environment and Natural Resources
Introduction to CMMMarine Protected Area Management
Marine Spatial Planning (MSP)
People and the Sea
Physical Processes of Coastal and Marine Environment
Environmental Certification Programs and Eco labelling Schemes
Environmental impact assessment (EIA SEA)
Evaluating Sustainable Fisheries
Geographical Information Systems
Innovation in Aquaculture
Law of the Sea
Pollution in the Coastal Arctic
Shipping and Offshore
Coastal and Marine Management Practical Applications and Challenges
Communicating Climate Change
Conflict Resolution in Ocean Management
Marine Renewable Energy
Resource Economics and Policy
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.
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