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 our research seminars, some delivered by leading visiting scientists.
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You can apply through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background information, see How to Apply.
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Programme tutor: Dr Bob Marsh
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.
- A one year (full-time) multidisciplinary course of instruction and research
- Draws on world class expertise from our Oceanography and related research groups
- Opportunity to attend research seminars delivered by leading marine scientists
“As well as studying for my MRes, I was able to volunteer to help out the Hampshire Wildlife Trust and New Forest National Park in beach safaris and shoresearch surveys along the coast. ”Jason Argent - MRes Ocean Science, 2010
Typical entry requirements
You must have a good (2:1) second class Honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications in any scientific discipline plus a minimum of AS level Mathematics (or equivalent).
If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skill would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an acceptable English Language qualification such as IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in writing, reading, listening and speaking, or equivalent in other approved English language tests.
Average applications per place:
Applications are considered throughout the year; most candidates will be invited to interview to discuss the programme in more detail.
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Typical course content
The structure shown below is for full-time students. Delivery for part-time students is agreed on an individual basis.
Pathway A is for students with limited oceanographic background. You must take two introductory modules, one optional module in Semester 1 and one optional module in Semester 2.
Pathway B is for students with a strong oceanographic background. You must choose three optional modules. At least one of these modules must be from each Semester. For example, you might wish to choose two from Semester 1 and one from Semester 2.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
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Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.