Taught course


University of Southampton · Ocean and Earth Science

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Entry requirements

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


Course content

You'll study at the National Occeanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), home to one of the largest single group of marine and earth scientists in the world and ranked 4th in the world in Oceanography for academic rankings of global universities*.

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.

To highlight the specialisations possible through the option modules of the programme, we have developed “pathways” of suggested module choices, which include: Marine Biology and Ecology, Physical Oceanography and Climate Dynamics, Marine Biochemistry, Marine Geology and Geophysics.

Graduates often pursue careers in the marine environmental sector or undertake PhD research in marine sciences.

Subject to revalidation for 2022 entry. Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)

*Shanghai Ranking - Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

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

For UK students, bursaries to cover some of the costs of the course and living expenses can be applied from the Society for Underwater Technology. For details of application procedures please contact the Administrative Officer (Postgraduate Taught Programmes).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)23 8059 8310.