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Sustainable Coasts

12 February 2024

Sustainable Coasts offers study in the diverse ecosystems, functions, and dynamic changes of coastlines and ocean life.



Sustainable Coasts


With more than half of the world’s population living in coastal zones, many nations are dependent on the ocean to sustain life and economy. In this subject, you will learn how to manage our coastal and marine resources.

Aotearoa as an island nation has a unique history and cultural narrative with its coastal settlements and marine resources, and is a living laboratory for learning how to live sustainably.

Sustainable Coasts offers study in the diverse ecosystems, functions, and dynamic changes of coastlines and ocean life.

Sustainable Coasts

Sustainable Coasts

What will my study involve?

  • Explore the biological, geographical, and social effects of coasts and surrounding urban and natural environments, and find sustainable solutions for their preservation and ongoing use.
  • Examine long-term effects on coastal climates, including rising sea levels, erosion, over-fishing, and debris pollution.
  • Practical work including field trips to UC’s field stations, and work experience in your final-year of studies where you apply your learning as part of your degree.
  • The Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours is accredited by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) to deliver environmental practitioners for roles in industry, government, education and research, and the community.

Sustainable Coasts

Career opportunities

Sustainable Coasts graduates are in demand due to the range of environmental issues we are facing as a result of climate change, pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Completing this degree will give you the knowledge to help solve these environmental issues.

In addition, you will have developed a range of skills including collecting and analysing data, developing mitigation plans, and evaluating and responding to environmental policies and plans.

Career pathways could include:

  • environmental scientist
  • field technician
  • resource management officer
  • disaster management and response.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Environmental Science.

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