Learning outcome

The aim of CoMEM is to provide the necessary technical and managerial skills, which are essentifal to undertake the challenges of current and future problems in coastal marine engineering and management worldwide. The output-based learning outcomes will provide:

  • Familiarity with key issues concerning sustainable, environmental friendly, legal and economically acceptable solutions to challenges in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management;
  • An understanding of relevant ethical issues;
  • Specific specialisation within one of the five tracks in the overall programme, including the MSc dissertation;
  • A coherent and integrated global perspective on coastal and marine issues and problems;
  • Understanding of the needs of industry and government agencies leading to significant employment opportunities.

More specifically the following knowledge, skills and general competences are relevant:


Graduates with a degree in Coastal and Marine Civil Engineering will have:

  • Broad and deep knowledge in science and engineering research and core engineering subjects;
  • Broad and profound scientific and technical knowledge in selected areas of Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management;
  • Understanding of relevant ethical and interdisciplinary issues (philosophy, integrated approaches, and multidisciplinary projects);
  • Research skills appropriate for further academic study and continuous professional development;
  • A European and global perspective on CoMEM issues;
  • Ability to apply their knowledge in the development and innovation of the field in a social and interdisciplinary context;
  • In-depth knowledge concerning sustainable, environmentally friendly, legal and economically acceptable solutions to challenges in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management;
  • An thorough knowledge and understanding of management and business practices and their limitations.


Graduates with a degree in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management should be able to:

  • Analyse and model complex coastal and marine engineering and management systems and processes;
  • Develop management systems and products using scientific principles;
  • Demonstrate innovation in the design of new coastal and marine systems including new processes and products;
  • Understand the capabilities of computer-based and experimental methods for problem solving;
  • Integrate knowledge of mathematics, science, information technology, design, business context and engineering practice to solve a wide range of problems in the subject applying understanding to novel and challenging solutions;
  • Evaluate technical and financial risks, through an understanding of the basis of such risks;
  • Assess ethical issues in coastal and marine engineering and management;
  • Deal with multi-cultural workplaces;
  • Master the fundamentals of the specific field of the track and to apply them to defined problems.

General Competences

Graduates with a degree in Coastal and Marine Civil Engineering should be able to:

  • Practise a professional understanding and awareness with regard to knowledge, planning and executing research, adapted to changing circumstances and new knowledge;
  • Work independently and in multidisciplinary teams, in collaboration with specialists and to take necessary initiatives;
  • Communicate effectively the results of engineering work for both professional and non-experts;
  • Recognize the need to evaluate and assess civil engineering work in a technological, ethical and social context, and take responsibility related to sustainability, the environment, the economy and social welfare;
  • Understand the neccesity to maintain professional competence through lifelong learning;
  • Understand the limitations of the range of methods employed in coastal and marine engineering and management;
  • Appreciate and respect the range of disciplines and their contribution to coastal R&D;
  • Realise how research and science can contribute to improve coastal and marine safety and development;
  • Contribute to the formulation and implementation of a research project;
  • Be able to motivate decisions and to coordinate multi-disciplinary work;
  • Be able to take responsibility for one¿s own work;
  • Conduct work and demonstrate ethical and social responsibility;
  • Act as an academic entrepreneur, defining new questions and research.