18 months
2159 EUR/year
1079 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Coastal and Marine Management is an international, multidisciplinary master’s program in natural resource management at University Centre of the Westfjords. The program is especially built on the principle and practice of biology, sociology and economics

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By the end of the program students understand the innumerable and valuable resources of the coast and oceans, understand their significance, and have versed themselves in methods and skills to manage the sustainable utilisation of these resources. 

The language of teaching and general communication is English. The Coastal and Marine Management program is offered by the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður in co-operation with the University of Akureyri. Teaching takes place in Ísafjörður.


Degree holders can apply their knowledge and skills in a practical way in their profession, e.g. as environmental managers specialised in coastal and/or ocean regions, and/or further studies, e.g. a doctoral degree. 

They can effectively communicate specific problems within the scope of coastal and marine management, facilitate discussions (e.g. with stakeholder audience), and deliver presentations using academic terminology and/or layman terminology. 

They can effectively participate in public and academic discourse. They are able to demonstrate knowledge of data analysis and research processes and choose the appropriate research method for a given topic.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Academic Writing Workshop
  • Arctic Ocean Governance
  • Coastal and Marine Ecology
  • Coastal and Marine Management: Theory and Tools
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental History
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Icelandic Society and Environment
  • Maritime Anthropology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Conditions for acceptance into the Coastal and Marine Management program are that the applicant must have completed an undergraduate university degree with first grade, regardless of whether it is a BA, BSc or BEd. 
  • Candidates can come from diverse education and work backgrounds, as the interdisciplinary nature of study is based on many fields such as ecology, economics, social sciences, conservation and management
  • 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. Other applicants must demonstrate sufficient English skills (CEFR level C1) with a recognised test. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2159 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2159 EUR per year during 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1079 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1079 EUR per year during 18 months.
  • 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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