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The COASTHazar Erasmus Mundus Master’s structured around the academic subjects of ocean and atmospheric sciences, climate change theory and its interdependencies, risk theory and applied statistics, coastal hazards, coastal modelling and coastal protection, climate change and associated risks, and climate adaptation. The subjects are  organized in the following thematic areas:


(1) Ocean and atmospheric sciences,

(2) Coastal dynamics and hazards,

(3) Coastal modelling,

(4) Risk assessment in coastal areas,

(5) Coastal adaptation and risk reduction,

(6) Fieldwork and data analysis,

(7) Global and climate change impacts and adaptation.


Students start the COASTHazar Master’s at Universidad de Cantabria, with courses addressing core competences in thematic areas (1) and (2), and partially in areas (3) and (4).

At IHE Delft, in the second semester, students will take more advanced courses in thematic areas (3), (4) and partially (5) and (7). This is followed by a second two-week short course period, after which students take part in an international summer school.

At University of Algarve, in Portugal, during the third semester, students will acquire advanced skills in thematic areas (5), (6) and (7), with the option of choosing elective courses. Students will also work on their dissertation plans and prepare and defend their thesis proposals.

After the third semester, students can choose to pursue a voluntary 4-6 weeks internship at one of the associated partners.


The thesis work will be conducted during the fourth semester.

structure 2 semester

Semester 1 – 30 EC*

Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain

  1. Marine and atmospheric climate (4EC)

  2. Water waves and sea-level (6EC)

  3. Coastal sedimentation and erosion processes (5EC)

  4. Theoretical and practical bases for risk assessment (5EC)

  5. Introduction to management and diagnosis of coastal ecosystems (5EC)

  6. Applied computational tools in coastal engineering (5EC)

Short courses

  • Laboratory and experimental analysis in coastal engineering

  • Adaptation principles

  • Numerical modelling of wave-structure interaction

(*) European credits, sometimes designated as ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)

Semester 2 – 30 EC

IHE Delft, Delft, the Netherlands

  1. Coastal processes and morphology (5EC)

  2. Modelling of coastal hazards (5EC)

  3. Design of risk reduction measures in coastal areas (5EC)

  4. Climate change impacts and adaptation in lowland areas and coastal areas (5EC)

  5. Dynamic and statistical regional wave modelling(5EC)

  6. Flood protection in lowland areas (5EC)

Short courses

  • Dredging seminar

  • Coastal remote sensing

  • Morphological modelling using Delft3D

Summer school

  • Risk analysis in coastal zone management

Semester 3 – 30 EC

University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

  1. Fieldwork and data analysis (9EC)

  2. Nature-based solutions for coastal management (3EC)

  3. Coastal evolution and hazards at rocky shores (3EC)

  4. Dissertation plan (9EC)

  5. Elective:

    1. Monitoring of marine systems (elective) (3EC)

    2. Anthropic Disturbances of Marine Systems (elective)

    3. GIS applied to coastal systems (elective)

    4. Harmful Algae Blooms (elective) (3EC)


  • January-February: voluntary (4 weeks)

Semester 4 – 30 EC

IHE Delft, Delft, the Netherlands

Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain

University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

Thesis project


Note: Students undertake their thesis research project in association with one of the three universities, potentially in connection with one of the Associated Partners

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