The programme focuses on the science (including the social sciences) of Coastal and Marine management and policy-making today. Designed and presented in close collaboration with the state-of-the-art Beaufort Institute and the Universitys Coastal and Marine Research Centre, it is designed to give students professional competency to make sound, scientifically-informed, strategic and operational decisions regarding the sustainable governance, use and protection of coastal and marine environments. It also provides training in applied practical skills, with an emphasis on geo-spatial techniques relevant to coastal and marine data capture, analysis, integration and visualisation. Students will also receive training in important transferable skills including principles and practice of scientific research, effective communication and presentation techniques, and sound project management.
The programme presents a full-time day course of study (Monday to Friday), with delivery through an integrated combination of methods including lectures, seminars and workshops; dry and wet laboratory work; computer-based exercises; private study; field work (onshore and also at sea); and an independent supervised research project.
As part of the development of their thesis, students will be offered placements in the state-of-the-art Beaufort laboratory with direct access to academic and research staff. This should assist students in producing robust research as well as an appreciation of working in an active research environment.
Unique Aspects of the Course
The only degree in Ireland that offers training and instruction in the applied aspects of coastal and marine management;
Offers a unique combination of classroom, computer-based, laboratory and ship-based learning methods;
Attractive balance of theoretical, administrative and scientific aspects of coastal and marine management, including technical/applied skills such as Hydrographic surveying and GIS, alongside areas such as policy making and the management of marine spaces
The programme is intended to give students a comprehensive understanding of coastal and marine environments subject to multiple human uses and impacts, and to equip them with tools and knowledge necessary to evaluate and manage these complex, dynamic systems in ways that are both sustainable and economically productive.
Specific topics to be covered will include the principles and practice of coastal and marine management; the physical geography and the biology of the coast and off-shore regions; and the use of geographical information systems (GIS), remote sensing and other spatial information technologies for collecting, analysing and managing coastal / marine data, and for generating information products to support scientific enquiry, policy-making and management decision-taking.
Students who proceed to Part II of the programme will also be required to undertake an independent research project, which will allow them to develop in-depth expertise in one or more specialist areas of coastal or marine management, in a scientific, strategic or an operational context, or in a combination of these.
Throughout their studies, but especially when undertaking their independent research project, students will be able and encouraged to avail of the specialist equipment for physical geography, as well as GPS and surveying equipment and computer laboratories, provided by the Geography Department. They will also have access to advanced technical facilities and expertise available at the state-of-the-art Beaufort Institute, currently under development at Ringaskiddy.
Once established, accreditation for the course will be sought from an appropriate professional body such as The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMAREST). It is hoped that this accreditation, once obtained for the programme, will allow graduates to also gain exemptions or credits towards their own professional accreditation.