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MRes Ocean Science

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 MRes degree programme will give you the opportunity to focus on a particular area such as physical, chemical or biological oceanography, which may be inspired by your first degree. You will study at their waterfront campus based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS).

As a MRes student, you will spend around two thirds of your year on your research project and the rest of your time taking taught modules. Depending on your background knowledge, these will be a mix of core and optional subjects. You will be able to develop specific knowledge and skills through your selection of modules and choice of subject for your substantial research project.

The programme is taught by staff from across NOCS who draw on their topical 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: 

Semester one modules generally run from October to January. Second semester modules are taught in a two to three week intensive format between February and May. The full-time programme lasts one year. The research component is undertaken throughout the whole year and normally finishes with the submission of your dissertation by the end of September.

The part-time programme lasts between two and 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.

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

ISCED Categories

Ocean Literacy
Policy and governance
Marine and maritime law
Conservation and environmental management
Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography
Scientific modelling