MSc Applied Marine Geoscience

General information

This MSc is a full-time one-year course, consisting of 9 months taught course and 3 months research project, and assessed by coursework and examinations. The course provides theoretical and practical training in measuring, quantifying and understanding the physical processes within the geological marine environment. It provides a sound scientific basis on which to decide how best to design and execute marine surveys, be they geophysical, sedimentological or geological, for the required purpose. 

The MSc in Applied Marine Geoscience evolved from its predecessor, the Marine Geotechnics course which boasted a 30 year pedigree.

A series of modules have been designed to explain the processes that form and characterise a wide variety of sedimentary environments, from the littoral zone to the deep ocean. Those controls range from the dynamical, chemical, climatic to geological; all are inter-related. The student also gains knowledge and understanding of survey techniques in order to map these environments and thereby gain a better understanding of the processes that shape them. The final facet of the course involves an explanation of how these sedimentary materials react to imposed loads - how they behave geotechnically.

From past experience it is found that students on completion of the course will find employment in the offshore hydrocarbons industry, geophysical contract companies (both offshore and terrestrial), geotechnical engineering companies, river and harbour boards or government establishments. The course may also lead students to further academic research studies.

Learning outcome:

Successful completion of this programme will enable students to:

  • be skilled in planning and acquiring good quality data in the laboratory and in the field in a safe manner
  • be able to work as a team in the acquisition of larger data-sets
  • appreciate the importance of recognizing the limitations of model-based interpretation of data
  • review and critically analyse previous work both before and after undertaking data acquisition or modelling
  • understand the fundamental workings of the offshore geoservices industry

Career Destinations: Over the last 8 years, 78% of students have found geo-related employment and 18% have gone on to study for a PhD.  Typically, graduates have taken up the following career paths:

  • Onshore or offshore site investigation contract or consultancy companies.
  • Government research agencies, e.g. BGS.
  • Higher Education and Research.

The aim of the course is to provide the world with people who

  • understand the inter-relationships between the forces which shape the marine geological environment.
  • have mastered the practical and analytical techniques necessary to study those controls and survey the geological settings.
  • can critically analyse their findings and present them at a standard and in a form required by end-users, be they commercial or academic.
Contact Person: Dr Dei Huws (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0532 - Marine Geology", "0731 - Surveying", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography


Venue: Bangor University
Bangor, United Kingdom

School of Ocean Sciences
Menai Bridge Anglesey, LL59 5AB, UK



UK/EU applicants: £6.000
Non-EU applicants: £13.500

For more information about tuition fees, see Tuition fees.


Degree Requirements 
Successful applicants normally hold, or are expected to be awarded, a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a Natural Science or related subject. Alternatively, we will consider applicants with a good and relevant Lower Second Class Honours Degree provided that they have at least one year of additional relevant experience or can show evidence of particular interest in the course. Non-graduates who are over 25 years in age and have at least two years work experience relevant to the course are also encouraged to apply.

Language Requirements 
The figures in brackets represent the minimum score required in each component of the English language test. e.g. IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5. 
Please note: R= Reading, L= Listening, S= Speaking, W= Writing

IELTS: 6.0 (5.5)

Pearson PTE: 56 (51)

TOEFL IBT: 75 (R-18, L-17,S-20,W-18)

Application Procedure:

Apply using the online application form. Complete, sign and return the application form to the Postgraduate Admissions Office, Bangor​ (see address below). After you have completed the form on-line, you will have to produce paper copies of a number of documents (certified where you’re unable to provide the originals), such as academic transcripts, degree certificates, confirmation of financial support, and English language test results. Please contact the School of Ocean Sciences for funding information prior to sending an application form.​

Postgraduate Admissions Office, Bangor University 
College Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG 
United Kingdom

Application Deadline: you may submit an application form at any time during the year, but for admission in September, applications must be submitted before 31 July of that year.

Grant Opportunities:

Through the School of Ocean Sciences Association (alumni society), we have secured THREE industry studentships exclusively for the MSc Applied Marine Geosciences.  
These are provided by


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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