Coastal and Marine Management is an international, interdisciplinary Master's degree in the field of resource management. The programme emphasises ideas and methods from ecology, sociology, economics and business studies. Students completing the programme have knowledge of the diverse and valuable resources of the coast and the sea, understand their current condition, and have gathered tools and expertise to drive the sustainable use of marine resources.
The course language, including all teaching, is English. The University Centre of the Westfjords offers this programme in co-operation with the University of Akureyri. Teaching takes place in Ísafjörður.
The main condition for acceptance is that applicants have completed a Bachelor's degree; whether a BA, BSc or BEd. Emphasis is placed on the applicant justifying their reasons and explaining how they hope to link the programme to their previous education and experience. An application form is available, in both electronic and pdf format, on the University Centre website.
The CMM programme consists of 120 ECTS at the Master's level, of which 75 ECTS are earned from courses and 45 ECTS come in the form of a thesis.All courses are taught in succession and the terms/semesters are therefore not clearly marked. The programme begins in the autumn term with core courses, and in the spring and summer terms, elective courses are on offer. Cf.Course Schedule.
Students can specialise their studies through the elective courses and with their choice of thesis topic. The core and elective courses together account for 75 ECTS.
Students are permitted to take elective courses at other universities, with prior approval of the Master's Programme Committee.
Length of programme
Coastal and Marine Management is an intensive programme, which includes a summer term. As courses run successively one after the other, the programme is densely packed and there is little room for manoeuvre. Courses are from 2 ECTS up to 8 ECTS and each takes one to four weeks to complete. Students should allow around 25-30 hours' work for each ECTS; which is 50-60 hours per week. After the courses are completed at the end of June/beginning of July, it is the time to start the 45 ECTS thesis. 45 ECTS is equivalent to 1.5 terms; as stated above. Students are encouraged to begin their theses without delay after the final course and to submit their theses at the end of the autumn term. In this way, t is possible to complete the entire Master's programme in 18 months.
Students can, however, adapt their study schedule to their own needs; although individualised study plans should be worked out with the programme director and are subject to Master's Committee approval.
Students graduate from the University of Akureyri with an MRM degree (Master of Resource Management), with coastal and marine management as a specialty.