MSc in Physical Oceanography

General information

This 12 month taught postgraduate programme introduces students with a first degree in the physical, mathematical or other numerate sciences to the subject of Physical Oceanography. The course has run for over 40 years and is unique in the UK for the depth of physical oceanography training provided. As well as giving an overview of physical oceanography, the course enable students to study in detail those aspects of the subject for which they have particular interest.

The first two semesters of the course are taught, introducing the student to the physics of the ocean and its role in the climate system. Modules cover both oceanographic theory and its application, as well practical oceanography. The latter includes an introduction of state-of-the-art instrumentation, remote sensing, numerical modelling as well as practical experience working on small boats and the University's state-of-the-art research vessel, the Prince Madog. Student achievement in the course is evaluated by continuous assessment and module examinations.

During the second semester the student begins to focus on specific aspects of the subject, intially through an extensive literature review and then a research project. The research project, which forms a major component of the course, is selected in close consultation with the students to be of direct relevance to their intended future work. For overseas students, well founded projects based on investigations being undertaken in a home institute are encouraged. 

Learning outcome:

To date most of our graduates have found challenging employment in the oceanographic or closely related fields. Many hold posts in the marine industries, particularly in consultancy companies that provide services in oceanography to the oil industry and companies concerned with engineering operations in shelf seas. There are opportunities in Government Laboratories and agencies with responsibility for estuarine and coastal waters. Many graduates have continued to higher degrees and an academic career. 

  • To provide a thorough training in the theory and application of physical oceanography.
  • To familiarize the student with modern oceanographic instrumentation and observational techniques.
  • To introduce state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics, data analysis and fundamental modelling methods.
  • To provide the student with the practical experience and physical understanding necessary to address significant problems in the coastal ocean environment.
Contact Person: Dr. Mattias Green (


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

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


Venue: Bangor University
Bangor, United Kingdom

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



UK/EU applicants: £6.611
Non-EU applicants: £13.750

For more information about tuition fees, see Tuition fees


Degree Requirements
Successful applicants normally hold, or expect to obtain, a 2(ii) undergraduate Honours degree in a physical, mathematical or other numerate science. If places are available, we will also consider applicants with a good and relevant Lower Second Class Honours Degree. Applicants from Geography, Geology, Biology and other sciences will be considered if they can demonstrate high motivation and have mathematics to A-level or beyond. Mature students with at least two years alternative 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 either the online application form or the pdf version. Complete the from, print, sign and return it to the address below. If you wish to apply for funding for the course, you are asked to contact the MSc Postgraduate Courses Administrator ( BEFORE submitting your application.

School of Ocean Sciences, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5EY
UK Telephone : +44 (0)1248 382884 Fax : +44 (0)1248 382884

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:

Some funding may be available for eligible applicants. Nominations are made by Course Directors who take into account: degree classification, personal statement and references. There are also several funding options for postgraduate studies on the website of the University (link 1link 2).


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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