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A Multidisciplinary Graduate Program at the Edge of the Arctic

Are you interested in finding ways to utilize the natural resources of the coast and sea in a sustainable way? The Coastal and Marine Management master’s program (CMM) at the University Centre of the Westfjords in Iceland provides you with the skills and methods to do exactly that.

Your study program

The program is specially built on the principle and practice of biology, sociology, economics and business studies. 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 program is internationally oriented, entirely taught in English, and both students and instructors come from a diverse range of countries. The program brings together people from different backgrounds who share their experience, knowledge, and ideas in a small-scale, creative intellectual environment.

Our graduates are well prepared for diverse positions in both the public and private sectors, for example in fields like resource and land use planning, environmental impact assessment, consulting work, teaching, and research.

Student life

The Westfjords are the most remote region in Iceland and stand at the gates of the Arctic. In the Westfjords, Iceland is as you imagined it: magnificent and untouched. Fishing villages nestle in deep fjords between breath-taking mountains, and a new stretch of shoreline greets travelers as they round every headland.

Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords and has all the services that you will need. There are superb sports facilities, including winter sports and mountain activities.

Our students are extremely active in the community and participate in sports, outdoor activities and the music and cultural life of the area. The Student Association Ægir has a website where you can learn more about student life in the Westfjords.



Tuition, coast of living and entry requirements

The annual fee for the program is ISK 150,000 (approximately £850) for students from the European Economic Area (EEA and EU) and ISK 300,000 (approximately £1,649) for students from other countries.

The estimated cost of living in Iceland, calculations made by the Icelandic Student Loan Fund, is about ISK 165,717 per month for one person. You can expect the rent for a single room in Ísafjörður to be around ISK 30.000-50.000.

Conditions for acceptance onto the Coastal and Marine Management program are that the applicant must have completed an undergraduate university degree, regardless of if 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; especially in economics, ecology, social sciences, and management.

All further information about the program is available on the Coastal and Marine Management website.

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