You will be taught the technical background and practical skills to plan, model, design and manage coastal engineering and port development projects, and learn to analyse coastal problems and conceive appropriate solutions.
Starts: Annually in October
Duration: 18 Months
Location: UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands
The management of resources in coastal areas and related hydraulic engineering works has increased in importance and complexity and often requires innovative solutions. Large coastal engineering projects undertaken in The Netherlands include major land reclamation works, the Delta Works (1958-1986) including storm surge barriers, and the Europort / Maasvlakte extension of the Port of Rotterdam.
UNESCO-IHE offers the following Joint Programme in Coastal Engineering and Port Development: Joint Programme in Coastal Engineering and Port Development - Hohai
Students typically have a BSc degree in civil engineering or a related field and a hydraulic background. He or she has worked for at least three years in professional practice or at a university or research establishment, and is eager to acquire practical skills and knowledge to solve engineering and coastal zone / port management problems. A future career may be in government services, consultancy, or education and research institutes.
Upon successful completion of this specialization, graduates will be able to:
- Define and analyse coastal problems and conceive alternative solutions;
- Apply latest developments in planning, design and management to coastal engineering and port development;
- Understand and quantify the interactions between a coastal or port project and the environment;
- Organise and co-operate in a multi-disciplinary group to plan and implement an integrated coastal zone management plan; or
- Understand developments in maritime transport, the role of a port in the logistic chain, and aspects of containerisation and port management.
Please click here for the application procedure for the UNESCO-IHE MSc programmes.
Fieldwork and study related fieldtrips are included in the programme. In June 2011, Coastal Engineering and Port Development students participated in a five-day fieldwork exercise at the coast of the Netherlands, a video coverage can be seen here:
Programme Structure & Contents
This specialization consists of 14 modules covering a total of 12 months, this is followed by a 6-month research and thesis phase. Graduates of the programme will be awarded 106 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits.
There is a detailed table of all specialization modules that comprise the Delft-based Master's Programme in Water Science and Engineering available here. The specializations are found in the top row and their relevant modules are found directly below.