Graduates in any scientific discipline or maths are eligible to apply for MSc Oceanography, usually with a strong background in one of the following:
- A biological science
- Environmental Science
- Geology or physical geography
An upper second-class Honours degree is recommended, though students with other backgrounds may be considered. Students without AS-level (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications) mathematics may need to undertake additional individual study for some parts of the course, but will be advised individually at the start of the degree, depending on their option choices.
Months of entry
Drawing on world-class expertise from our marine science research groups, our MSc Oceanography degree incorporates both taught modules as well as independent research with a multidisciplinary emphasis. Our students are passionate about this course and enjoy the unique opportunities of working alongside experts in their field at our waterfront campus, at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS).
The MSc Oceanography degree is designed primarily for students with no previous specialisation in marine science. So if you are a graduate with a degree in biological sciences, chemistry or materials science, physics, maths, environmental science, physical geography or related disciplines, and you have an interest in marine science or oceanography, this could be the course for you.
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 with marine scientists at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS).
Information for international students
If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an acceptable English Language qualification such as IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in writing, 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in listening and 6.0 in speaking, or equivalent in other approved English language tests.
Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- +44 (0)23 8059 8310.