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
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.
To highlight the specialisations possible through the option modules of the programme, “pathways” of suggested module choices have been developed, which include: Marine Biology and Ecology; Physical Oceanography and Climate Dynamics; Marine Biogeochemistry; Marine Geology and Geophysics.
Students can either follow one of these pathways, or mix options from different pathways, where the timetable allows, to pursue broader interests.
See course page on the website for full module information.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Natural and Environmental Sciences
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