Taught course

Sea Level from Coast to Global Ocean

University of Liverpool · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

The typical entry requirement is a Bachelors degree (with Honours) at 2:1 level or better in an appropriate field of study. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience and with professional qualifications. 2:1 BSc or above (or equivalent for overseas students) in Science or Mathematics. International qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of this course is to provide a grounding in both practical and theoretical aspects of sea level science in the context of climate change.

In the last few years it has become rapidly apparent that coastal flooding as a result of intense storms is forming one of the more immediate consequences of changes in storm severity and frequency consistent with what we would expect in a warming climate. Worldwide, governments, coastal planners and the insurance industry are realising that understanding sea level, both in terms of its gradual change and its response to extreme weather events, is vital if we are to try to reduce or mitigate the high human and financial costs of coastal flooding. This provides the practical, and urgent context for developing high-level training in sea level.

Within Liverpool we are well-placed to develop this training because of the co-location of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the School of Environmental Sciences. NOC hosts and provides expertise for the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level, the primary tide gauge data source for all studies of long-term sea level change. Scientists at the NOC are world leaders in the science of sea level, both in the context of global and regional sea level changes in response to a changing climate and in science of forecasting coastal flooding as a result of tide and storm interaction.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Fundacion Iberdrola, the charitable arm of Scottish Power, is inviting future energy leaders to join their scholarship programme.

If you’re from the UK, Spain or the United States, this fantastic scholarship, only available to 5 preferred UK universities, offers you full tuition fees and a substantial monthly living allowance of £1,200 to help you achieve a masters qualification in one of our energy and environment related programmes.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927