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Coastal Hazards, Risks, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree – Spain, The Netherlands and Portugal

A 4 Semesters long international postgraduate programme, with 120 ECTS credit units.

Runs between Universidad de Cantabria (Santander, Spain), IHE Delft (The Netherlands) and University of Algarve (Faro, Portugal).

Provides students with top knowledge and skills on coastal hazards, risk assessment, climate change impacts and climate adaptation and mitigation.

Full Erasmus Mundus Scholarships available for students from all parts of the world.

Application deadline for Erasmus Mundus Scholarships (partner countries): 8 January 2024 (23.59hrs)

Application deadline for Erasmus Mundus Scholarships (programme countries*): 15 February 2024 (23.59hrs)

Application deadline self paying students: 1 May 2024

Programme start: September 2024

*) Programme countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey


September to December

After being welcomed to the COASTHazar MSc programme, students start the academic year in Spain, at UC, with courses addressing core competences in the thematic areas: Ocean and Atmospheric sciences; Coastal Dynamics and Coastal Hazards; and partially in Modelling and Risk Theory.


January to July

At the beginning of January students move to IHE Delft, in the Netherlands, to start the 2nd semester, where they will take more advanced courses such as Coastal Hazards and Wave Modelling, Risk Assessment in Coastal Areas, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation and Risk Reduction. The semester ends with an international 2-weeks summer school in July.


September to January

At the beginning of September students move to UAlg for the 3rd semester, in Portugal, where they will acquire advanced skills in Coastal Adaptation, Risk Reduction, Fieldwork and Data Analysis. At the end of the semester, in January, students have the option to follow a 4-6 weeks internship programme at one of the associated partners.


February to August

The MSc thesis research will be done under the guidance of a lecturer from one of the partner universities. Depending on the topic and the student’s choice, the thesis research will take place at one of the three universities. Some thesis will be developed in connection with one of the Associated Partners.



COASTHazar programme coordinator: Dr. Alvaro Semedo:

Admission office:

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