What will you learn?

MSc in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM+)

What will you learn?

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Photo: Geie Mogen/NTNU. Students collaborate on an assignment in their studies.

Learning outcome

General competences

After completing the programme, the students will acquire general competences in:

  • Design methods for coastal structures, shore protection, ports, waterways, and other coastal facilities.
  • Dredging and disposal solutions for contaminated sediments.
  • Design and operation of inland waterways hydraulic structures and riverbanks.
  • Coastal hydrodynamics (e.g., waves and currents) and their actions on the coast and man-made interventions, spanning from short (storms) to decadal scales considering the climate-change dimension.
  • Physical processes responsible for coastline evolution.
  • Data analysis, and synthesis of data and information from different sources with contemporary techniques and technologies.
  • Management of planning activities from a local scale to a regional and national scale
  • Socio-economical exploitation of the coastal zone (recreational and/vs production activities).
  • Teamwork, cross- and inter-disciplinary work, communication (oral and written).
  • Social responsibility of business and entrepreneurship.


After completing the programme, the students will have knowledge of:

  • The physics of the ocean (currents and waves) and the basic processes occurring in the coastal zone (hydro- and morphodynamics), and their effects on the coast, port and waterways infrastructure.
  • Coastal and oceanographic numerical modelling and laboratory modelling techniques.
  • Design of coastal structures and shore protection (hard vs soft engineering, engineering with nature)
  • Geotechnical aspects related to foundations for port and waterways structures.
  • Port planning and operation.
  • Environmental issues before and after construction of e.g., a port.
  • Coastal vulnerability within a sustainable framework.
  • Field campaigns and data treatment to evaluate problematic situations and plan/design solutions.
  • Developing beach management strategies for real-world coastal systems.
  • Integral coastal management assessing the efficiency of strategies in a global spatial framework from the watershed, river mouth to shoreline evolution and risk assessment for coastal flooding and coastal erosion.
  • Understanding the basis behind climate change and its effect on the coast.
  • Socio-economic effects and consequences of coastal protection and adaptation strategies, resilience and adaptation to climate changes.
  • How to cooperate with administrations and private companies.
  • Corporate responsibility, ethics and self-consciousness in the workplace.


After completing the programme, the students will be able to:

  • Analyse and interpret collected field data in order to understand the physical drivers at short, mid and long-time or climatic scales;
  • Perform time and frequency domain analysis of MetOcean data to provide operational and design values.
  • Quantify natural forcing on the coastline (waves, currents, surges)
  • Apply state-of-the-art numerical model for coastal hydro- and morphodynamics for different design purposes (CFD, wave phase-resolving, wave phase-averaging, short term morphodynamics, long term morphodynamics).
  • Design coastal interventions and understand and predict the impacts of such interventions.
  • Offer alternatives to hard coastal engineering.
  • Design navigational infrastructure with resilience and adaptation to climate change in mind.
  • Compute the risk, vulnerability and hazards including the decadal (climatic) scale,
  • Perform risk management (concepts and techniques).
  • Know how to make the stakeholders and community to work together to make a project acceptable and wanted.
  • Manage conflicts in the work environment and assess socio-economic and social impacts of different coastal adaptation and protection strategies.