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Coastal Resilience *Subject to validation

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: To be confirmed
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: To be confirmed
International full time annual tuition fee: To be confirmed

Course type



Natural Sciences and Psychology

Study mode

Full Time (1 year)

About your course

Study for this Masters in Coastal Resilience and gain knowledge and skills to find practical and sustainable solutions to coastal problems arising from climate change, development and population growth in the coastal zone.

  • Unique opportunity to study coastal resilience from a trans-Atlantic perspective – study semesters in both the UK and the USA
  • Excellent employment opportunities in areas such as marine and coastal spatial planning, policy making for local/national government, coastal zone management and coastal urban regeneration
  • Develop extensive practical experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technologies
  • Benefit from a hands-on and field-based approach to learning

This course provides a unique opportunity to study coastal resilience from a trans-Atlantic perspective

​Jason Kirby, Programme Leader

The programme is truly interdisciplinary and provides an understanding of physical processes, combined with socio-economic and cultural factors to provide a holistic approach to coastal sustainability and resilience

​Jason Kirby, Programme Leader

Introduction to the School

The diverse, interdisciplinary School of Natural Sciences and Psychology has an international reputation for impactful research and teaching quality.

The School of Natural Sciences and Psychology has a great reputation for research, with 94% of our work submitted for the Anthropology and Development.
Studies category of the 2014 REF classed as world-leading or internationally important. This research ensures our programmes are at the leading edge of developments in the field and, along with the full integration of our postgraduate research community into wider School activities, explains why we are so highly rated by postgraduate students.

​Our 80-strong academic team includes world-leading experts across a number of fields. As a postgraduate student you will be guided by experienced supervisory teams who will provide the academic and pastoral support you need to achieve your full potential.

Why study this course at LJMU?

This new masters offers a unique opportunity to study coastal resilience from a trans-Atlantic perspective. ​

The programme is jointly taught by LJMU and Southern Connecticut State University, therefore you will benefit from studying coastal resilience in both the UK and the USA.

Coastlines and coastal seas are vitally important to the world’s population and provide a focus for transport, food, energy production, tourism, leisure and livelihood. Changes in the world’s oceans – particularly those due to climate change – will have a profound impact on coastal regions, calling for increased sustainable planning and decision making.

The programme has been developed in response to increased demand for graduates with the knowledge and practical skills required to find sustainable solutions to contemporary problems in the coastal zone. This will include managing risks from environmental hazards and balancing potential growth in ‘Blue Economy’ industries.

Programme outline and structure

The course combines real-world problem solving and critical thinking.

This hands-on course aims to integrate the study of science, policy, economics, sustainability, planning and management for a holistic consideration of coastal resilience in the face of environmental change and challenge.

You will develop extensive practical experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technologies and field-based learning both in the UK and the USA.

​The course will provide students with a scientific basis for decision making and planning for resilience in the coastal zone, combining real-world problem solving and critical thinking.

What you will study on this degree

There may be some changes before you start your course.

  • Coastal Resilience: Concepts and Practice
  • Coastal Systems: Biophysical and Environmental Aspects
  • Coastal Systems: Socio-cultural Aspects

  • Coastal Hazards: Policy and Practice
  • Environmental GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Research Methods

​Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

How will I be assessed?

Teaching will include classroom, laboratory and field-based learning.

​A hands-on approach is taken, with emphasis on practical skill development. GIS is an important component. Quantitative and qualitative research methods are also taught leading to a dissertation.

Staff research interests

Subject matter is right at the cutting edge of geographical research and applied to real-world issues

Your tutors are experts in such topical fields as climate change, sea-levels and flood assessment, river evolution and catchment management, soil science, glaciology, ocean environments and the application of geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing techniques to environmental systems. There is also expertise in sustainable development and globalisation. ​

Their research findings are published in high-ranking academic journals and feed directly into the curriculum, so you can be confident that the subject matter is right at the cutting edge of geographical research and applied to real-world issues. The team members are also renowned for their friendliness and student-centred approach.

​Jason Kirby who is the MSc Coastal Resilience Programme Leader at Liverpool John Moores university has conducted Postdoctoral research in sea-level change. His research interests include environmental change in terrestrial and coastal environments, sea-level change, coastal sedimentology and human impacts of coastal ecosystems.

Application and selection

Applications for this programme are managed by Southern Connecticut State University.

For further information on how to apply, please email:

Southern Connecticut State University Programme Leader:

Patrick Heidkamp:

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

There are a number of discipline specific roles for which students will be well-qualified for employment.

Graduate roles include marine and coastal spatial planning, policy making (local/national governments and authorities), environmental and engineering consultancies, coastal zone management, port authorities and coastal urban regeneration.

This is a growing sector and directly links to the expanding ‘Blue Economy’ industries (such as marine/offshore energy, ports, aquaculture, coastal infrastructure and technologies) where Liverpool and Connecticut both have significant business growth opportunities.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website:

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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