MSc Sea Level from Coast to Global Ocean

General information

The aim of Sea Level from Coast to Global Ocean MSc course is to provide a grounding in both practical and theoretical aspects of sea level science in the context of climate change.

In the last few years it has become rapidly apparent that coastal flooding as a result of intense storms is forming one of the more immediate consequences of changes in storm severity and frequency consistent with what we would expect in a warming climate. Worldwide, governments, coastal planners and the insurance industry are realising that understanding sea level, both in terms of its gradual change and its response to extreme weather events, is vital if we are to try to reduce or mitigate the high human and financial costs of coastal flooding. This provides the practical, and urgent context for developing high-level training in sea level.

Within Liverpool we are well-placed to develop this training because of the co-location of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the School of Environmental Sciences. NOC hosts and provides expertise for the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level, the primary tide gauge data source for all studies of long-term sea level change. Scientists at the NOC are world leaders in the science of sea level, both in the context of global and regional sea level changes in response to a changing climate and in science of forecasting coastal flooding as a result of tide and storm interaction.

Module details

Compulsory Modules Optional Modules
Sea Level: Processes and Measurement Ocean Dynamics
Modelling Processes in Oceans and Climate Marine Planning Theory and Practice
Data Analysis of Environmental Records Politics of the Environment
Marine Planning & Management in Action Geographical Information Systems
Sea Level and Climate Research Project Evolution, Oceans and Climate
  Climate Processes and Variability
Contact Person: Professor Jonathan Sharples (


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

0312 - Policy and governance", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography


Venue: University of Liverpool
Liverpool, United Kingdom

School of Environmental Sciences
Roxby Building, Liverpool L69 7XT



UK/EU students: £6.700 
International students: £17.500

These fees are for the full-time programme and cover the cost of your tuition, registration, examinations (but not re-sits) and graduation.


Degree Requirements
The typical entry requirement is a Bachelors degree (with Honours) at 2:1 level or better in an appropriate field of study. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience and with professional qualifications. 2:1 BSc or above (or equivalent for overseas students) in Science or Mathematics. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

Language Requirements
All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component)​
  • TOEFL iBT*: 88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23.
  • International Baccalaureate: Standard Level 5​
  • Hong Kong use of English AS level: C​
  • INDIA Standard XII: 70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards​
  • WAEC: C4-6

*Please be advised that TOEFL is no longer classified by UK Visas and Immigration as a Secure English Language Test (SELT). However, at the current time the university is continuing to accept TOEFL, at the required level, for entry on to Undergraduate and Postgraduate academic programmes.

Application Procedure:

The easiest way to make an application is to apply online and use the online application form. If you are unable to apply online, you can apply by downloading a copy of the Postgraduate Application Form and returning it by post or email, or by completing a hard copy of the form, available from the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office. In addition to the information required on the application form, you will need to send copies of the following documents to the Postgraduate Admissions team with your application:

  • School or college transcripts/certificates
  • University transcripts and certified translations if applicable
  • Degree certificates
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency (EU and international applicants only)
  • Personal statement
  • Two references (on letter headed paper, signed and dated)

Application Deadlines: there are no strict application deadlines but applicants are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if they require visas or have special requirements.

Grant Opportunities:

Scholarship opportunity from ScottishPower Foundation. Apply now for this scholarship, which meets full enrolment costs and provides a generous monthly living allowance of £1,200.

Taught Programmes Information on potential sources of funding may be obtained by visiting the University web pages.

Postgraduate Student Awards. A range of awards, scholarships and bursaries are available for those undertaking postgraduate study at the University. See our scholarships pages for more information.

International Students. The University of Liverpool administers and participates in many scholarship schemes for international students. The majority of the scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit rather than hardship and students must normally hold an offer of a place on a course before they can apply. More details of all of these awards are listed on our scholarships pages.

Fundacion Iberdrola, the charitable arm of Scottish Power, is inviting future energy leaders to join their scholarship programme. If you’re from the UK, Spain or the United States, this scholarship, only available to 5 preferred UK universities, offers you full tuition fees and a substantial monthly living allowance of £1,200 to help you achieve a masters qualification in one of our energy and environment related programmes.  

Taught Programmes Information on other potential sources of funding may be obtained by visiting the University web pages.


Academic level: Master


Career prospects. Our degrees provide pathways into rewarding careers and our graduates have found employment in a wide range of industries and organisations, both in the UK and abroad. Graduates of the Environment and Climate Change MSc have gone on to continue their studies towards a PhD, or are employed in a wide range of positions, including environmental, energy and engineering consultancies, multinational companies (energy),  local government, environmental bodies, research positions and teaching.

Qualification: Master of Science
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