Research course

Ocean Science

University of Southampton · Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree in any scientific discipline; AS level mathematics or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Months of entry


Course content

You will focus on a particular area of oceanography, which may be influenced by the subject area of your first degree, and develop specific knowledge and skills in areas determined by the modules you select and the nature of the research you undertake. The MRes is a research-led programme that differs from the MSc in focusing less on taught modules and more on the research project (about two-thirds of the year).

Semester one
Core modules:
Contemporary Topics in Ocean Science; plus two from: Introduction to Biological Oceanography; Introduction to Chemical Oceanography; Introduction to Marine Geology; Introduction to Physical Oceanography

Optional modules: one from: Biogeochemical Cycles in the Earth System; Computational Data Analysis for Geophysicists and Ocean Scientists; Deep-sea Ecology; International Maritime and Environmental Law; Introductory Remote Sensing of the Oceans; Large-scale Ocean Processes; Zooplankton Ecology and Processes

Semester two
Optional modules: one from: Modelling Coastal Processes; Climate Dynamics; Ecological Modelling; Environmental Radioactivity and Radiochemistry; Global Climate Cycles; Reproduction in Marine Animals; Sea Floor Exploration and Surveying 2; Structure and Dynamics of Marine Communities

Plus research project

Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Natural and Environmental Sciences
+44 (0)23 8059 5899