The degree focuses on the latest policy innovations and planning developments on a European scale and within national government frameworks. Emphasis is on an applied approach to develop students’potential employability. In addition to the opportunity to undertake a work placement candidates will also complete an independent research
project to develop specialist knowledge and practice. Students can undertake a scientific diving course, either locally or in a tropical location (for an additional fee).
Subjects studied may include:
• The Relevance of the History, Theories, Concepts and Policies of Integrated Coastal Zone Management
• Current UK Coastal Planning Initiatives
• Flood Management and Spatial Marine Planning Issues
• Planning Controls and Environmental Protection
• GIS and its Social Applications
• Renewable Energies in Marine Environments
• Tropical Field Ecology
How you will study
The Masters degree is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials, supervised by fieldwork and residential field courses, laboratory and computer practical classes. The opportunity to conduct a work placement is strongly encouraged. Students will work individually, in small teams or on larger group projects. Assessments will involve research-based essays,fieldwork-based reports, conference standard presentations, reflective
testimony and independent dissertation study.
Full-time students spend approximately 12 hours per week in classes spread across two days. Part-time students attend one day a week. In addition, there is an exciting programme of regional and international site visits and field courses.
The Masters has an excellent pedigree and is proud of its alumni’s success. Graduates are currently pursuing careers in PhD research, commercial consultancies, the Welsh Assembly Government, the Environment Agency, Countryside Council for Wales, and the National Trust. Coastal planners and managers need a suitable background to deal with difficult environmental issues emerging from the renewable energy debate, land-use issues and marine spatial planning. Incoming legislation is driving a developing employment market. With career opportunities increasingly available in national and regional government, local authorities,
environmental consultancies, utility companies, the construction industry and non-governmental organisations.