Taught course

Ocean Science

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

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 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).

Module choices include: 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.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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