Coastal Communities and Regional Development

18 months
2157 EUR/year
1078 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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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.

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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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

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.
  • EU/EEA - ISK 150,000
  • Non EU/EEA - ISK 300,000


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