Coastal scene
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2022


If you think protecting our coasts and oceans should be a top priority and want a master's qualification that'll give you the skills to do it, then this course is for you.

You'll unpack solutions for conserving our coasts and oceans, and create your own strategies to manage environmental, socio-cultural and institutional resources.

This course incorporates fieldwork, lab time and different research methods. Plus, you'll need to respond to changes in the industry. You'll need lots of energy and a desire to improve the long-term sustainability of the world’s coastlines.

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Entry requirements​

MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management Master's degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A second class honours degree or equivalent in any subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this course, you’ll:

  • Enrich your studies with case study analysis, lectures from guest speakers and fieldwork
  • Use our resources and facilities, and study Portsmouth's diverse marine environments, wildlife, urban development and maritime heritage.
  • Share your journey with students from a diverse range of backgrounds
Explore your MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management degree 
Hear from Dr Jonathan Potts

Find out more about what you'll experience on this MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management degree from Course Lead, Dr Jonathan Potts.

Dr Jonathan Potts: What makes people want to study here? It's all about coastal marine issues so everything from marine plastics, to climate change, through to marine spatial planning, through to marine and coastal recreation. Getting lots and lots of guest speakers in many of whom are ex-students. They're working for all different types of organisations, whether it be overseas governments or whether it be local governments here in the UK.

Other students end up in jobs with the Environment Agency, Natural England, English Heritage — you name it. There's a breadth of jobs out there and we have a very, very good employability rate. I think the most important things are that you'll make a great range of people, there's a really good lecturing team, and you'll develop a range of academic and career-based skills that will never leave you. 

Careers and opportunities

Once you've completed this course, you'll be well positioned for a career in marine resource policy, the use or development of maritime resources, or the conservation of natural resources of coasts and oceans.

What can you do with a Coastal and Marine Resource Management degree?

You can expect to find job opportunities within:

  • Government agencies
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Observational or research institutions concerned with resource management

You may also choose to work in industry, with community groups, for landowners or in a consultancy role. Alternatively, you might wish to pursue a career in research or education.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding the right job, through our industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Work experience and career planning

We'll give you all the help you need to find internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

Most importantly, once you've finished the course, you can use our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years, to help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the marine resources industry.

The course is unique because there is no other one like it in the country. Portsmouth provides a great setting for the course as it is surrounded by such an interesting and busy coastline.

Liz Inwards, MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management

What you'll study on this MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.


Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Coastal and Shoreline Management – 30 credits
  • Marine Policy, Planning and Conservation – 30 credits
  • Principles of Giscience – 30 credits
  • Research Skills and Project – 60 credits
  • Tutorial Programme – 0 credits
  • Sustainable Blue Economy – 30 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.


Teaching on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory work

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:

  • September/October to December/January – teaching block 1
  • January/February to May – teaching block 2

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • preparation of web pages
  • poster and oral presentations
  • projects reports
  • literature reviews
  • essays

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)


  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,400
  • EU students –£9,400 (including Transition Scholarship)
  • International students – £17,000


UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Year 1 (60 credits) – £3,130
  • Year 2 (120 credits) – £6,270

EU students:

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Year 1 (60 credits) – £3,130
  • Year 2 (120 credits) – £6,270

International students:

  • Year 1 (60 credits) – £5,670
  • Year 2 (120 credits) – £11,330

Fees are subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover. 

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government postgraduate loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

The cost of travel or accommodation for compulsory fieldwork is included in the course fee, but you'll need to pay for meals and other subsistence costs that aren't included with your accommodation.

You'll need to contribute to the cost of travel, accommodation and meals for compulsory dissertation work, which is normally carried out in the UK. These costs are likely to be in the £50–£500 depending on the nature of the project.

We provide essential safety equipment for fieldwork and site visits (hard hat and reflective jacket). If you require additional field equipment, you'll need to cover the cost of those items. Total costs will be in the region of £130.


Start your application by following the link below:

September 2022 start

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

International students may also be eligible for the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences (SEGG) Scholarship. Visit our page to find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.