Taught course

Physical Oceanography

Bangor University · School of Ocean Sciences

Entry requirements

Successful applicants normally hold, or expect to obtain, a 2(ii) undergraduate Honours degree in a physical, mathematical or other numerate science. If places are available, we will also consider applicants with a good and relevant Lower Second Class Honours Degree. Applicants from Geography, Geology, Biology and other sciences will be considered if they can demonstrate high motivation and have mathematics to A-level or beyond. Mature students with at least two years alternative experience relevant to the course are also encouraged to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc is a full-time one-year course, consisting of about 8 months taught course, evaluated by continuous assessment and examination, and 4 months research project. The course provides theoretical and practical training in measuring and interpreting the structure and dynamics of the ocean. It provides an application of basic and advanced theory, observational methodology and data analysis techniques to problems of the marine physical environment, especially in the coastal and estuarine situation.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is required.

Fees and funding

Some funding may be available. Please contact the School for details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations47
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation33 (16000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Tom Rippeth
01248 382293