University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Ocean Science

Students on this course focus on a particular area of oceanography and develop specific knowledge and skills in areas determined by selected modules and the research project; the course focuses more on the research project than the taught element.

Entry requirements

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

Course modules

Contemporary topics; plus 2 modules from: introduction to biological oceanography; introduction to chemical oceanography; introduction to marine geology; introduction to physical oceanography; and optional modules from: 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; large-scale ocean processes; zooplankton ecology and processes; applied biogeochemistry and pollution; applied coastal sediment dynamics; climate dynamics; ecological modelling; environmental radioactivity and radiochemistry; global climate cycles; global ocean monitoring; radar remote sensing of the oceans; reproduction in marine invertebrates; sea floor exploration and surveying 2; structure and dynamics of marine communities; UN convention on the law of the sea; plus a 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 Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time October 2016 - 1 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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