Coastal Communities and Regional Development

Coastal Communities and Regional Development is an international, multidisciplinary master’s program on the development of rural and remote areas in the past and in the future. It focuses on coastal communities along the North Atlantic and the Arctic, although theoretical foundations might be found in other regions.

The program is especially built on the principle and practice of sociology, macro-economics and geography/planning. By the end of the program students understand the changes and challenges of coastal communities' development, and have versed themselves in methods and skills to predict their development and manage it. The language of teaching and general communication is English. The program is offered by the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður Iceland in co-operation with the University of Akureyri. Teaching takes place in Ísafjörður and in English.

For-grade-students need a Bachelor’s degree (or comparable), but applicants for single courses may be from the third year of Bachelors programmes, if well prepared.

Program details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity Centre of the Westfjords
Fields of studyHumanities (others)Sociology and cultural studiesEconomicsArchitecture and town planningEnvironmental protection (broad programmes)
Tagscommunitiesregional development
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