Conditions for acceptance into the Coastal Communities and Regional Development program are that the applicant must have completed an undergraduate university degree, regardless of if it is a BA, BSc or BEd. Applicants fill out an application form and return it together with supporting documents.

Candidates can come from diverse education and work backgrounds, as the interdisciplinary nature of the study is based on many fields; especially in geography, social sciences, economics, and planning.

English is the communication and educational language of the program. It is anticipated that applicants from Iceland, Scandinavia and the English-speaking countries possess adequate skills in the language. The same applies to students from universities where all instruction is in English. Other applicants must demonstrate sufficient English skills with recognised tests such as TOEFL, or equivalent.

Please find the online application form here.


The deadline for applications from non-EEA/EU citizens is 15th February. The first application deadline for applicants from Iceland or the EEA/EU is 15th April, and the second deadline is 5thJune. Applications received before the first deadline have priority. 

If you have further questions about the master’s program in Coastal Communities and Regional Development please send an email to Please find the online application form here.


The annual registration fee for Coastal Communities and Regional Development is ISK 150,000 for Icelandic students and those from other EEA/EU countries, and for those who come from countries outside the EEA the registration is ISK 300,000.

The annual fee is collected for each academic year and should be paid by June 30 each year before the coming academic year begins. Students pay the annual fee after they receive a letter of admission.

Registration fees should be directed to the following bank account in EUR:

Account Name : Haskolasetur Vestfjarda
Account Number : 0154-38-710068
Account Address : Sudurgata 12, 400 Isafjordur, Iceland
Swift number: NBIIISRE 
IBAN Number : IS98 0154 3871 0068 6107 0502 20
Bank name: NBI hf
Bank address: Austurstræti 11, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland

It is also possible to pay the annual registration fee by credit card or in USD/CAD.
For further information please contact Astrid Fehling  

To pay by Icelandic wire transfer please use the following bank info:

Account Name: Haskolasetur Vestfjarda
Account Number: 0154-26-4000
Kennitala: 610705-0220

Pay by credit card


Please be aware that your application will not be processed until all required documentation has been received. 

  1. Official evidence of previous education in the form of certified transcripts.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. References from at least two people, sent to the University Centre by the referring person.
  4. Certification of English Language proficiency (if applicable). TOEFL or equivalent.


Further queries about the master’s degree in Coastal and Marine Management can be sent to

You can access the online application form here.

Icelandic Course

All Students accepted to the Coastal and Marine Management program are invited to take a one-week or a three-week course in Icelandic Language and Culture, with a discount. The courses will be held in Ísafjörður and Núpur in August.

Applying for single courses

We also invite you to take single Master's Courses as a guest student, with the approval of your home university. People working in the field of regional development, coastal and marine managment or related fields are also welcome to take single Master's Courses.

Please visit the Open Courses website for further information and application forms.