Degree Programmes conducted in Swedish 2014–

Sustainable Coastal Management (240 cr)

Degree: Bachelor of Natural Resources
Qualification title: Miljöplanerare (YH), Bachelor of Natural Resources
Duration of studies: 2 years

The graduate
- has the basic knowledge of the principles of how an ecosystem functions and can identify and analyse the state of a coastal zone.
-Furthermore, s/he is able to propose how the state could be improved or managed sustainably.
- is able to identify the goods and services provided by an ecosystem.
- At the same time s/he is able to identify alternative ways of management that would support the balance between the society and the environment.
-is able to manage a coastal area in an integrated way, involving relevant stakeholders.
-is familiar with the conventions, policies and directives from the national and international environmental laws.
-has an understanding of how economic incentives and mechanisms can be used in ICZM.
-has an transdisciplinary approach in managing coastal zones.

Generic competences

Kontaktuppgifter: Enheter | Utbildningsansvariga

Realization plans

Core studies

120 cr
At least 120 credits of Higher Education prior to the admission at YH Nove
The core studies should have given the student the following competences:
Study proficiency:
-Ability to retrieve and critical exam information
-Ability to write and present in a coherent way
-Understand and solve problems
-Social and communication skills
A part from the competences the student should prove their interest/understanding in/of issues related to environmental or social or economic sustainable development.

Professional studies

60 cr
CM13CE15    15 cr
The Student
-understands the principles of ecology and that all ecosystems has an economical value
-understands the interdependency of nature and society
-knows the basics of coastal ecology

Coastal Ecolgoy I

The Student
-knows principles of community ecology as applied to brackish water habitats
-can identify common species in the Baltic Sea
-is familiar with marine environments
-knows the basic methods for measuring important ecological parameters in the field and laboratory
-knows how to carry out an ecological study and present the findings
6    6 cr

Coastal Ecology II

The Student
-can analyze and evaluate ecological studies and disseminate the results to decision makers and the public
-can identify ecosystem services in the coastal area
-understands the impacts of agriculture and forestry on the coastal ecosystems
6    6 cr

Fisheries Resource Management

The Student
-is familiar with fisheries management
-knows different forms of aquaculture
-knows environmental impacts of aquaculture and unsustainable fishery
3    3 cr
CM13SW12    12 cr
The Student
- knows the concept of Integrated Coastal Zone Managment
- is familiar with Maritime Spatial Planning
- understands the principles of monitoring of aquatic bodies

Sustainable Coastal Management

The Student
-knows the concept of Integrated Coastal Zone Management
-has basic knowledge of challenges in cross sectorial management of coastal areas
-can identify stakeholders and how to involve them in the management process
-understands how Maritime Spatial Planning can be used in sustainable coastal management
-is familiar with relevant policies and legislation
6    6 cr

Monitoring of Aquatic Bodies

The Student
- knows what type of pollutional load threatens our water bodies
- knows how and why water bodies are monitored
- is familiar with authorities and other actors conductiong monitoring of aquatic bodies
3    3 cr

Water and Sewage Management

The Student
-knows important principles for managing the optimum use of water resources
-knows the basics of prevention, management and treatment of sewage
-can suggest suitable sewage management solutions in different settings
3    3 cr
CM13IG12    12 cr
The Student
- is familiar with GIS and Impact Assessment as tools to improve decision making in environmental management.

Environmental Impact Assessment

The Student
-understands the importance of assessing the long term environmental consequences of planning and construction
-knows the EIA process in Finland and EU
-is familiar with different methods of assessing environmental consequences of a product, a service or an activity
6    6 cr

Geographic Information Systems

The Student
-is able to handle geographic data in a GIS program
-knows how to capture data using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
-can analyze geographical environmental data using different data sources and methods
-can effectively visualize geographic information for different purposes
3    3 cr

GIS Project

The student
-can apply GIS for environmental planning
3    3 cr
CM13SE 18   18 cr
The Student
- has the tools to start his/her own business in the field of Sustainable Busniess
- is able to act as an entrepreneur in any given setting

Management Systems

The Student
-has basic knowledge of environmental and quality management systems and their purpose and benefits
-knows the ISO standards and how they are structured
-knows environment, health and safety procedures in companies
 3   3 cr


The Student
-is familiar with the principles of good accounting ethics
-knows the basics of accounting
-is familiar with the demands for tax accounting
-is acquainted with the demands on the employer to register, pay VAT and sign required insurances
-is able to assess the accounts of the company and their impact on the strategy of the company
 3   3 cr

Management Accounting

The student
-is familiar with the overall purpose of management accounting
-is able to assess and evaluate cost-benefit analysis of a company
-understands the importance of using business ratios in evaluating the company
-is familiar with risk assessment
-knows how to set up an appropriate budget
-knows how to determine the correct price on goods and services
-is familiar with tendering and invoicing procedures
 3   3 cr

Marketing and Sales

The student
-is aware of the importance of marketing in creating a network of customer relations
-can do a market analysis and set up a purposeful marketing strategy
-understands the potential of different marketing channels
-knows how to evaluate the marketing process and adjust it to the correct category of customers
-understands how to adapt the sales process to suit the company profile
 3   3 cr

Leadership in Practice

The student
-knows the demands on the leadership in order to manage a growing enterprise
-is familiar with different leadership styles and can evaluate and develop his/her own leadership profile
-is able to take into account how goals, motivation and conflicts impact team interaction
-is aware of the responsibility and obligations of the employer
 3   3 cr

Start Your Own Business

The student
-is aware of the possibilities for self-employment by starting his/her own business
-is familiar with the financial support instruments available for starting a business
-knows what applications and permits are required for the business
-knows the main differences between various company forms
-knows how to make a business plan based on a business idea
-can assess different financial alternatives
-is acquainted with business networks and support organizations within a certain market are
-knows how to evaluate the market and competition situation in his/her own line of business
 3   3 cr
CM13PR9    9 cr
The Student
- Knows the basics of project management
- Is able to compelete their thesis in a successful manner


The Student
-understands the benefits, relevance and reasons for using statistics in environmental sciences as a problem solving tool
-understands and knows the usefulness of probability in decision making
-knows how to present descriptive statistical data
-understands and can perform basic statistical tests
-knows how to interpret statistical reports and know how to run basic statistical tests
-knows how to plan studies in a statistically proper and sound way avoiding common pitfalls
3    3 cr

Project Management

The Student
-knows the basic principles of project management
-can make and implement a project plan and a timetable
-understands the principles of project administration
-has practical experience in working in projects as a team member and/or project manager
3    3 cr

Research Methodology

The Student
-Is familiar with different scientific theories
-Can describe and apply relevant research methods
-Can plan a scientific study and is able to analyze and communicate research findings
3    3 cr

Elective studies

9-21 cr
Previous work experience can be acknowledged as Practical Training of a maximum of 12 credits. Remaining credits should be implemented as elective courses.

Practical training

18-30 cr
1218   30 cr
The practical training provides students the opportunity to earn academic credit for relevant knowledge outside the University. The aim of the training is to acquire hands-on experience in real life work in national and international Coastal Management and Sustainable Development settings. The practical training permits students to integrate in-class experiences with experiential knowledge, gain in-field job experience and expand their professional skills. We highly recommend students to conduct their practical training abroad to enlarge their social network and experience.


15 cr
The student will be able to prove his/her ability to:
- critically evaluate information
- work systematically within a given theme or in a
- to plan and independently write thesis or a project report
- to present and critically evaluate thesis

« Back to degree programmes