Research course

Oceanography and Paleaoceanography

Open University · Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

You have probably heard the Earth called 'the blue planet'. What is less understood is that the blue colour – the oceans – are largely responsible for controlling the climate. In the Environment, Earth and Ecosystems discipline at the OU, our mission is to untangle some of these key processes that drive the planet’s climate. Our studies range from determining the past ocean circulation in geological time to the current decay of the great ice sheets of the Arctic and Antarctic; and we are publishing our research in the highest ranked scientific journals.

Our particular areas of expertise are in the development and use of unique biomineral proxies in state-of-the-art laboratories, and collecting vital data in remote field work in some of the least-visited areas of the planet. We welcome applications from potential students interested in working in these vital science areas.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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