Ulster University

Ulster University

Marine Spatial Planning

This course is designed to provide an advanced education in the principles and practice of marine spatial planning; graduates of the course are expected to have a broad overview of the management of the marine and coastal resources and allied fields of integrated coastal zone management; the award is intended to provide students with an appreciation of the scientific basis underpinning the management of coastal land and water resources and to enable those successfully completing the course to operate at a professional level in the emerging field of marine governance, planning and management.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a degree in a science or spatial planning related subject or other suitable discipline or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning; International Students: IELTS overall band 6.0 with no contributing band less than 5.5 or TOEFL 550 in the paper based-test; Entry to the MSc: Students initially register for the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip); students who complete the PgDip with an overall mark of 50 percent or higher can proceed to the MSc programme; students successfully completing the research project and with a pass mark of greater than or equal to 70 percent will graduate with an MSc with distinction. Those who obtain a pass mark of greater than or equal to 50 percent, but less than 70 percent, will graduate with an MSc.

Course modules

PgDip/MSc: Modules in this programme are available on a 2 year rotational basis so the order in which they are studied is dependent upon when a student enters the programme; 4 taught modules constitute the postgraduate diploma and 1 module is taken each semester over 2 years; the MSc research project is the final element of the programme and this is commenced once a student has completed the postgraduate diploma; Modules include: Geography and management of coastal land resources; research methods; marine spatial planning; management of coastal water resources; Masters only: Marine spatial planning MSc research project.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment (no sessional examinations); a mixture of methods including practical reports, problem analysis, projects, literature reviews and essays, class tests, group work and a research project.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
MSc Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Coleraine Campus Coleraine BT52 1SA Northern Ireland

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