Taught course

Ocean Science

University of Southampton · Ocean and Earth Science

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Entry requirements

You must have a good (2:1) second class Honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications in any scientific discipline.

Ideally you should have a degree in a subject relevant to your intended focus area, for example:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Biological Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Science

Months of entry


Course content

This degree is designed primarily for students with no previous specialisation in marine science such as graduates with a degree in biological sciences, chemistry or materials science, physics, mathematics, environmental science, physical geography or related disciplines.

The programme includes compulsory introductory modules that provide a foundation in interdisciplinary marine science, along with the opportunity to specialise in particular areas through an option of modules, as well as research project experience.

Employment in the marine environmental sector is a common destination for MSc Oceanography graduates, and as the degree is a conversion to marine science from 'pure' science backgrounds, around one-third of graduates also go on to PhD research in marine sciences.

Information for international students

English language requirements: band 2C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see the funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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