University Centre of the Westfjords


The University Centre of the Westfjords is a non-profit organisation established in March 2005. It has 40 founding members, including all of the country's institutions of higher education. The Centre began operations in Vestrahús in Ísafjörður in January 2006. The same building houses offices of the Marine Research Institute, the Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories, and the Icelandic Snow Avalanche Research Centre, among others. The Westfjords Regional Development Centre is also located here, and all of the organizations represented in the building share common reception facilities.

The University Centre offers an internationally oriented, cross-disciplinary master´s program in Coastal and Marine Management, which is taught in English. The program prepares students to engage with one of the most compelling and important subjects today: natural resource management and utilization. The program is taught in three week moduels, and each moduel is also offered as a short term course.

The Centre also assists university students and teachers from outside the area in establishing contacts in the Westfjords. The Centre provides information on the region as an interesting option and area for research and assists students and scholars in their work on research projects in the Westfjords.

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  • English

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Master in Coastal and Marine Management

Campus Full time Part time 18 months September 2018 Iceland Westfjords + 1 more

Master in Coastal and Marine Management is a cross-disciplinary resource management program that focuses on coastal and marine issues and mainly draw... [+]

Coastal and Marine Management is an international, interdisciplinary Master's degree in the field of resource management. The programme emphasises ideas and methods from ecology, sociology, economics and business studies. Students completing the programme have knowledge of the diverse and valuable resources of the coast and the sea, understand their current condition, and have gathered tools and expertise to drive the sustainable use of marine resources.


The course language, including all teaching, is English. The University Centre of the Westfjords offers this programme in co-operation with the University of Akureyri. Teaching takes place in Ísafjörður.

Entry requirementsThe main condition for acceptance is that applicants have completed a Bachelor's degree; whether a BA, BSc or BEd. Emphasis is placed on the applicant justifying their reasons and explaining how they hope to link the programme to their previous education and experience. An application form is available, in both electronic and pdf format, on the University Centre website.... [-]


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University Centre Of The Westfjords

Address Sudurgotu 12,
400 Westfjords, Iceland
Phone +354 450 3040