Masters degrees in Ocean Sciences offer advanced study of the oceans, seabed and the atmosphere.
Courses range from taught MSc degrees, to research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Environmental Science.
Courses in this field are interdisciplinary in nature, combining theory and methods from disciplines such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They also combine practices from Oceanography.
Studies may cover a range of topics, such as the biogeochemical cycles in the Earth System, and deep-sea ecology. For example, you may wish to investigate climate dynamics and their impacts on sea levels, or the reproduction of marine animals.
Consideration may also be given to maritime law and environmental regulation, for example costal marine management and transport logistics.
Practical training includes computational data analysis, ecological modelling, remote sensing and the production of GIS (geographical information systems).
Careers in this field are highly varied. They may include direct analysis of and research about ocean cycles or areas, for example on conservation projects for international agencies and NGOs. They could also include roles in public policy or legislation, charity work, or community development.
The MSc by Research (MScRes) is a one-year full-time research programme that differs from a taught Masters programme by placing more emphasis on research, and by being examined much more like a PhD, by viva voce (oral) examination, rather than by grading of coursework and dissertation. This degree will equip you with confidence and competence in the latest research skills (including generic skills such as literature searching, legal and ethical aspects, project planning, grant proposal writing, and statistical manipulation of data) and allow you to apply for further research training (PhD) programmes, or to directly apply for research positions in universities or research institutes. Specific funded projects leading to this degree may be advertised from time to time, but you are welcome to discuss options at any time with potential supervisors. Details of research specialisms and contact details for staff can be found on the School Research pages. As well as offering strong support for research activities, the School offers unique opportunities for students to conduct project work under internationally recognised supervisors. Students also benefit from our extensive local, national and international links with state and private sector organisations.