University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Ocean Science

Students focus on a particular area of oceanography, which may be influenced by the subject area of their first degree, and develop specific knowledge and skills in areas determined by the modules they select and the nature of the research they 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 2-thirds of the year).

Entry requirements

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

Course modules

Semester 1 core modules: contemporary topics in ocean and earth science; plus one from: introduction to biological oceanography; introduction to chemical oceanography; introduction to marine geology; introduction to physical oceanography. Optional module: 1 from: biogeochemical cycles in the earth system; 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. Semester 2 optional module: one from: applied biogeochemistry and pollution; applied coastal sediment dynamics; climate dynamics; ecological modelling; environmental radioactivity and radiochemistry; global climate cycles; reproduction in marine animals; sea floor exploration and surveying 2; structure and dynamics of marine communities; UN convention on the law of the sea plus research project.

Sponsorship information

For students in Commonwealth countries there is the possibility of Association of Commonwealth Universities scholarships; a useful source of information in most countries is your nearest British Council office.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Part-time - 2 years
MRes Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

Key information

Natural and Environmental Sciences
Telephone number: 
023 8059 4785