Research course

Ocean Science

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

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in any scientific discipline; minimum AS level mathematics or equivalent.

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).

Compulsory modules: Contemporary topics.
Plus 2 modules from: introduction to biological oceanography; introduction to chemical oceanography; introduction to marine geology; introduction to physical oceanography;
and optional modules from
: biogeochemical cycles in the earth system; coastal sediment dynamics; computational data analysis for geophysicist 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; applied biogeochemistry and pollution; applied coastal sediment dynamics; climate dynamics; ecological modelling; environmental radioactivity and radiochemistry; global climate cycles; global ocean monitoring; radar remote sensing of the oceans; reproduction in marine invertebrates; sea floor exploration and surveying 2; structure and dynamics of marine communities; UN convention on the law of the sea.
Plus a research project.

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Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Natural and Environmental Sciences
+44 (0)23 8059 4785