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University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
Tuition fee £19,570 per year
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This masters in oceanography offers the chance to broaden the science background of an undergraduate degree, while allowing advanced level specialisation in one or more aspects of the field. The masters course is a conversion course and provides background material.

During your MSc Oceanography degree you can choose from a range of flexible pathways depending on your research interest. You will develop specific knowledge and skills through your selection of modules and choice of subject for your research project.

The range of pathways include: Physical oceanography and climate dynamics, Ocean remote sensing, Marine biology and ecology, Marine biogeochemistry and Marine geophysics.

Programme structure

This masters in oceanography is in two parts: formal instruction (including lectures, practicals and boatwork) followed by individual research. In semester one all students complete a series of basic introductory modules that cover all the disciplines of oceanography. Boat-based practicals in local waters will introduce you to some of the measurement and analysis techniques in the marine sciences. As well as these compulsory modules, you will also study two optional modules.

Along with a choice of options in semester two, you will work on a literature review to provide a basis for your research project work. Following the end of semester two, all students work full-time on their chosen research project, producing a final dissertation by the end of September.

Staff at NOCS offer a wide range of project topics in their area of research, which could involve laboratory work, analysis of existing data sets, or fieldwork. You can also suggest your own ideas for research, after consulting with your tutor.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States