Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree (or equivalent from a non-UK institution) in natural science is required.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Supervision is available for research across all discipline areas in the School of Ocean Sciences.

Research Areas

Ocean Sciences with specialisations in the following:

  • Shelf Sea and Coastal Processes
  • Biogeochemistry and Palaeoceanography
  • Marine Ecosystems: Conservation and Resource Management

Research Opportunities

Please read the guidance notes and select your topic from the directory of PhD research degrees opportunities. Topics are listed by academic School and are based on the research interests of academic staff.

Facilities

Facilities include the research vessel (Prince Madog), aquaculture facilities and a full range of modern analytical equipment needed to study the biology, physics, geology and chemistry of oceans and seas.

Research degrees

MPhil and PhD are research degrees and are awarded after the examination of a candidate's thesis, produced following a period of research.

While most candidates pursue research degrees on a full-time basis, in certain circumstances it is possible to offer them on a part-time basis. You may register for these degrees at the beginning of any month. The usual period of registration for research degrees is:

  • Full-time: MPhil 2 years / PhD 3 years
  • Part-time: MPhil 3 years / PhD 5 years

It is possible for you to complete the MPhil after studying for only one year full-time or two years part-time. If you are a PhD candidate with a relevant Master's degree or at least two years' relevant experience, your period of registration could possibly be of only two years' duration full-time or three years part-time. This arrangement would have to be agreed by your Head of Department and Supervisor before your research is started. We expect PhD students to produce and submit a thesis for examination within four years of starting a three-year programme.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent. Based on the University submission of 14 Units of Assessment, 77% of the research was rated in the top two tiers of research quality, ahead of the average for all UK universities.

Information for international students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Fees and funding

Please read our Fees & Finances pages for the most up to date information. You can also find out more about Postgraduate Funding & Scholarships on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1248 383717