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This MRes degree programme will give you the opportunity to focus on a particular area such as physical, chemical or biological oceanography, which may be inspired by your first degree. You will study at our waterfront campus based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), home to leading experts in their field, who you will work alongside in this innovative community of scientists.
This is the course page for MRes Ocean Science at Southampton. Find out everything about Ocean Science and what studying here involves.
In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of
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You must have a good (2:1) second class Honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications in any scientific discipline.
English Language: If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skill would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an acceptable English Langu
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I started my course after a year out following my undergraduate degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology. I liked the look of the course at Southampton as I wanted to get into deep sea research and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) looked and felt like a world-class research institute when I came for my interview.
Postgraduate study was a lot more challenging than undergraduate study, particularly with my course focusing so much on the research project. This makes the course and the department good for anyone wishing to pursue a career in research, but I would advise anyone thinking of taking on a masters degree to make sure they want to do it, as it is not an easy option. I enjoyed Boat Week in the first semester as it gave me a chance to carry out some specimen and data collection on a boat, something I had not been able to do much in the past. The research project was also very enjoyable while challenging me at the same time. I was able to volunteer along with people associated with the aquarium at NOCS to help out the Hampshire Wildlife Trust and New Forest National Park in beach safaris and shoresearch surveys along the coast.
The staff are on the whole very friendly and approachable and the staff in the postgraduate office are incredibly organised. There are a diverse range of subjects to study in Ocean and Earth Science at Southampton and I enjoyed learning about geology, chemical oceanography, and deep sea ecology as I had not been able to study these before.
I am hoping to find a job in marine or coastal ecology/conservation, but I am open to the idea of a PhD at some point in the future.
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