• Application Deadline
  • 18 months
The Coastal Communities and Regional Development offered by University Centre of the West Fjords is an international, multidisciplinary master’s program on the development of rural and remote areas in the past and in the future. It focuses on coastal communities along the North Atlantic and the Arctic, although theoretical foundations might be found in other regions.


The Coastal Communities and Regional Development offered by University Centre of the West Fjords is especially built on the principle and practice of sociology, macro-economics and geography/planning. 

By the end of the program students understand the changes and challenges of coastal communities' development, and have versed themselves in methods and skills to predict their development and manage it. 

The language of teaching and general communication is English. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Iceland's Environment and Natural Resources
  • Approaches and perspectives from geography
  • Sociology of rural and remote communities
  • Environmental impact assessment (EIA SEA)
  • Arctic Ocean Governance
  • Communicating Climate Change
  • Resource Economics and Policy
  • Public policy
  • Understanding a regional economy
  • Outlook to the Future: Coastal Arctic Scenarios
  • From extraction to attraction: Coastal communities in an era of leisure and tourism

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Conditions for acceptance into the Coastal Communities and Regional Development program are that the applicant must have completed an undergraduate university degree, regardless of if it is a BA, BSc or BEd. Applicants fill out an application form and return it together with a cover letter.
  • Candidates can come from diverse education and work backgrounds, as the interdisciplinary nature of the study is based on many fields; especially in geography, social sciences and macro-economics.
  • English is the communication and educational language of the program. It is anticipated that applicants from Iceland, Scandinavia and the English-speaking countries possess adequate skills in the language.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2157 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2157 EUR per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1078 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1078 EUR per year and a duration of 18 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • EU/EEA - ISK 150,000
  • Non EU/EEA - ISK 300,000

Living costs for Ísafjörður

  • 122000 - 164000 ISK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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