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MRes Marine Geology and Geophysics

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Cost Full-time: £9,250 (UK/EU members); £23,136 (International members) or Part-time: £4,625 (UK/EU members);£11,568 (International members)

This is a programme designed for graduates in the physical or environmental sciences, mathematics or engineering.

MRes students spend two thirds of their year on their research project and the rest of their time taking taught modules. You can choose from a range of flexible pathways depending on your research interest. These currently include Exploration, Geodynamics, Coastal Processes, Palaeoceanography and Micro-palaeontology. You will develop specific knowledge and skills through your selection of modules and choice of subject for your research project.

The programme is taught by staff from across NOCS (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) who draw on their cutting edge research to create a challenging and stimulating degree programme. You will also be encouraged to attend their research seminars, some delivered by leading visiting scientists.

Programme structure: 

The full-time programme lasts one year. The research component is undertaken throughout the year and finishes with the submission of your dissertation by the end of September.

The part-time programme lasts between two to five years. Students normally undertake the taught component over two years. The research component is undertaken throughout your period of study. You will have until the September of your fifth year in which to complete your research and submit your dissertation.

Course structure:

All students complete a common introductory module, Contemporary topics in ocean and earth science. You also take a mix of further introductory and speclalist modules in Semester 1, making a total of four. In Semester 2 you take a further specialist module. The choice of modules depends on your background and chosen pathway. You will also be working on your research projects through the year.

Structural components
Internship/Workplace experience
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Ocean Literacy
Marine archaeology
Policy and governance
Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography
Scientific modelling
Coastal and marine tourism