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M.Sc. Comem Erasmus Mundus MSc - Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management

Erasmus Mundus, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Special application information:
The focus of the 'Erasmus Mundus MSc - Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management', is to educate the students (approx.10 non-EU and 10 EU) from a coastal and marine engineering background across the technical, managerial and financial skills that are essential to address coastal and marine engineering and management challenges.

To provide:

* familiarity with key issues concerning sustainable, environmentally friendly, legal and economically acceptable solutions to challenges in Coastal and Marine Engineering
* understanding of relevant ethical and integral issues
* specific specialisation within the overall programme, including the MSc dissertation
* research skills for further study (e.g., doctorates, specialised topics required by industry and continuous professional development)
* a European perspective on Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management, by learning in three European countries
* a coherent and integrated global perspective on coastal and marine issues and problems
* significant employment opportunities that encompass the private and public sectors.

The Masters' course is a two year 120 ECTS programme and the language of instruction is English. Also, other European language courses are offered in addition to the programme. The consortium provides a unique curriculum offering coastal and marine courses in a combination not found in a single EU member state. In the first year the professor / CoMEM student ratio is approximately 1 : 4 per location and in the second year approximately 1 : 2 per location.

Study tracks

Programme Content

The curriculum for each track has been designed to create a balanced set of courses from the existing courses at each partner. The student builds the specific knowledge required for the MSc track and profile through courses, practical assignments and projects, complemented by internships and the supervised final MSc work. The courses are integrated, so prerequisite knowledge from different courses is assured and learning objectives are fulfilled.
To expose the student to new challenges at the state-of-the-art in coastal and marine engineering and management, the programme is complemented by visits to on-going project sites and consultancy companies, and by guest lecturers from associated partners and experienced scholars in the programme.

The CoMEM students will be following existing courses together with students from other MSc programmes facilitating social integration with national students. The curriculum includes 6-8 ECTS of "Society Oriented" content in ethics. These are compulsory. Courses in languages are offered as credit bearing courses. The thesis is an individual in-depth research or expert design project. Students can take an in-depth mono-disciplinary thesis project or link her/his thesis to a multidisciplinary project. The thesis work consists of 30 ECTS.

TRACK 1 (NTNU): The Arctic Marine Coastal Engineering track provides students with the knowledge, skills and competencies for sustainable marine coastal development in the vulnerable Arctic region. The students will mostly acquire the knowledge on the environmental actions for the design of Arctic port, coastal and offshore structures at NTNU combined with the specialisation in coastal morphology at TU Delft. Thus, a graduate from the Arctic Marine Coastal Engineering Track will have a sound coastal engineering competence specialized in marine arctic engineering technology. The experience in coastal fieldwork undertaken in the Norwegian Arctic region combined with exposure to Coastal morphological issues in the Netherlands provides the necessary knowledge.

TRACK 2 (City): Track 2 combines the CITY focus on maritime operations, technology, maritime management, business, economics, finance, law, planning and accounting, and the NTNU studies on the description of the ocean environment and port and coastal issues with UPC's courses on sustainable coastal development for natural ecosystems and human safety aspects. Thus, the knowledge and skills obtained by students at NTNU and UPC will provide the scientific and technical foundations, which are necessary, to be able to undertake real projects. Such projects require knowledge of financial, technical, and legal issues and must be managed accordingly if they are to be successful. This track provides the students with the knowledge and skills, which are necessary to take up positions of greater responsibility and to move from mainly operational to managerial and strategic positions.

TRACK 3 (SOTON): The programmes at NTNU, UPC and SOTON in the Environment and Management Track are complimentary and allow a progression from a solid foundation in coastal engineering developed at NTNU and reinforced at UPC towards an emphasis on soft methods and solutions at SOTON. This uses SOTON's specialisation in soft engineering, shoreline management planning and preparing for long-term change in coastal areas, such as sea-level rise and climate change. This track includes applying important methods such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and will prepare them for working environmental management dimensions of coastal engineering with a sound understanding of the relevant EU situation.

TRACK 4 (TUD): The Coastal Engineering Track has its focus on the hard Northern European coastal engineering provided by the programmes at NTNU and TU Delft, but distinguishes itself from Track 1 by the inclusion of soft engineering provided with the SOTON programme in the third semester. Graduates from this track will thus have a basic coastal engineering competence and in addition instead of a competence in marine arctic engineering technology a competence in soft engineering. Since there are quite a number of differences in coastal engineering problems in Norway, the Netherlands and the UK, graduates from this track will also have a much wider focus on coastal engineering issues compared to graduates from the individual partner universities.

TRACK 5 (UPC): Track 5 of CoMEM follows the engineering and environment ("working with nature") approach right from the beginning. It has been designed so students achieve a specialization by combining engineering projects fundamentals (NTNU and UPC) with environmental and managerial skills (SOTON). The mechanical concepts for the marine environment and coastal structures design introduced at NTNU are the basis for the advanced education and training at UPC in coastal dynamics and the implications these have for a) coastal protection and b) coastal management. SOTON adds more advanced morphodynamical concepts and the multiplicity of time and space scales that are required for coastal zone management. The diverse social, economic and technical environments from three different European countries are a separate objective. From Barcelona; the Latin administrative type of settings for a micro tidal environment with moderate energy in the marine factors. From Southampton the Anglo Saxon administrative settings for a meso tidal environment with higher energetic driving terms. Finally from Norway; the Scandinavian type of administrative settings and a contrasting set of environments that go from exposed coasts to fiords. The required mobility will play a key role in this multidimensional education of the student and will allow a natural enrichment of their capacity to define and solve coastal problems.

List of participating institutions:

* Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, Department of Civil and Transport Engineering, Trondheim, Norway
* Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Department of Hydraulic, Maritime and Environmental Engineering, Barcelona, Spain
* Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Delft, The Netherlands
* University of Southampton, School of Civil Engineering and the Environment and the School of Ocean and Earth Science, Southampton, United Kingdom
* City University, School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, London, United Kingdom


Entry will require a bachelors' or equivalent degree in Civil Engineering or an equivalent discipline. You apply directly to the concortium. Instructions are found on CoMEM Consortium homepage.

Successful students will be awarded a multiple degree. The degree will include a Diploma Supplement describing the itinerary and expertise achieved.

Career prospect

Given the growing worldwide demand for professionals in Coastal and Marine Engineering and management, graduates are assured a promising career opportunities in all fields within the dicipline. CoMEM grauates are employed in industry, government organizations, knowledge institutoins and research institutes, holding positions ranging from research, teaching and consultancy, to management, design, project engineering and project management and control.

You must have a good Bachelor´s degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering or an equivalent graduate degree in a subject relevant to the CoMEM Programme. You have a thorough general knowledge on the fundamentals in engineering or numerate physical sciences and your degree represents a minimum of 180 ECTS.
You are required to have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 75 % of the scale maximum.

If you do not originate from an English speaking country or a country where English can be considered to be the second language, you are required to demonstrate your proficiency in English. This will be done by submitting the results of a recognized language proficiency test, such as the TOEFL, IELTS or an equivalent. The English requirements are IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 550 or TOEFL computer based 213 or TOEFL internet based 80. More details see: CoMEM homepage.

Trondheim, historically, Nidaros and Trondhjem, is a city and municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. With a population of 179,123, it is the third most populous municipality in Norway, although the fourth largest urban area.

Overview of Trondheim

Area: 132.2 sq miles (342.3 km²)
Population: 172,211 (2010)
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Overview of Norway

Capital: Oslo
Currencies: Norwegian krone
Population: 5.019 million (2012)
Dialing Code: 47
Degree Level: Masters
Tuition Fee: € 4,000 / Year (EEA) , € 8,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Duration:2 Years
Start Date:August  2019
Delivery Mode:On Campus
Study Nature:Full-time
Disciplines: Engineering & Business
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