University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Engineering in the Coastal Environment

The importance of the coastal zone is now globally recognised and there is a growing demand for skilled engineers who can understand environmental issues in such sensitive and often densely populated areas. This programme is uniquely provided jointly by academics from Civil Engineering, based at the Highfield Campus, and Ocean and Earth Science, based at the National Oceanography Centre. It gives students a broad training in coastal engineering, including environmental and oceanographic issues.

Entry requirements

An uppder 2nd class Honours degree in civil or environmental engineering or oceanography, geography, geology or the environmental and physical sciences. We assess applications on an individual basis and we encourage candidates with alternative qualifications and relevant experience in an appropriate field to apply. We will assess your general ability to undertake the degree programme and, if appropriate, candidates will be invited for interview. In all cases, you must provide evidence of a high degree of numeracy. Students whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Assessment methods

Introductory modules: understanding civil engineering (for marine science graduates); introduction to marine geology (for civil engineering graduates). Compulsory modules: applied coastal sediment dynamics; coastal and flood defence; coastal morphodynamics; coastal sediment dynamics; environmental impact assessment; GIS for engineers; key skills and applied oceanography; coastal and maritime engineering and energy. core module: MSc research project.

Sponsorship information

Every year, up to 15 fees only stipends are available to UK/EU students applying for this course. The stipends will be awarded on a competitive basis


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

Key information

Engineering anf Environment
Telephone number: 
023 8059 4651