Taught course

Engineering in the Coastal Environment

University of Southampton · Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in civil engineering, environmental or physical sciences, geography, geology or oceanography.

Months of entry


Course content

The coastal zone is widely recognised as important at national, European and global levels and our unique one-year course has been developed – with input from industry - to enable you to understand environmental issues and apply this to engineering problems.

You will further your career by learning core knowledge of environmental coastal engineering; develop key skills - such as the use of numerical models and Environmental Impact Assessment - and to understand the
design of coastal structures. You will learn to apply this knowledge to address real problems in the coastal zone.

Introductory and core modules: Modelling Coastal Processes; Coastal Flood Defence; Coastal Morphodynamics; Coastal Sediment Dynamics, Environmental Impact Assessment; GIS; Understanding Civil Engineering (Hydraulics) (for nonengineers); Introduction to Marine Geology (for engineers); Key Skills and Applied Coastal Oceanography; Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy; MSc Research Project.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our programmes, you will need an acceptable English Language qualification such as IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in writing, 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in listening and 6.0 in speaking, or equivalent in other approved English language tests.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Natural and Environmental Sciences
+44 (0)23 8059 8310