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Marine Geology and Geophysics: Exploration (MRes)

Master of Research
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)
Next course starts
September 2020

About this course

Expand your subject knowledge while carrying out a major research project in the area of seafloor exploration and surveying on this MRes Marine Geology and Geophysics: Exploration degree. You’ll be based at National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), where you’ll access the latest facilities and the research-led teaching of our academic experts. You’ll graduate in the perfect position to continue your studies at PhD level or start a career in a wide range of sectors.

A master of research (MRes) degree differs from a standard MSc in the balance between teaching and research. As an MRes student you’ll spend more time on your research project and less on the taught part of your course. 

On this flexible UK master's course, you’ll gain a broad overview of marine geology and geophysics, while gaining the specialist skills and knowledge to carry out a research project in the area of seafloor exploration and surveying.

You'll study a combination of modules that are common to all our marine geology and geophysics pathways and modules that are unique to the exploration pathway.

Your specialist topics will cover areas such as:

  • high resolution marine geophysics
  • gathering, processing and interpreting seabed data
  • using a range of datasets to solve geological problems
  • the use and understanding of seismic reflection data
  • the theory and practice of electromagnetic exploration methods

Teaching takes up one-third of the year. The modules you’ll take depend on your choice of research topic. 

You’ll spend the rest of the year working on your research project, and writing up your findings in a dissertation.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Nicholas Harmon, Associate Professor in Geophysics within Ocean and Earth Science. He’s a marine geophysicist and seismologist with a special interest in plate tectonics and mantle dynamics. Read Dr Harmon’s staff profile to find out more about his work.

Related pathways

We offer 3 other pathways on our MRes Marine Geology and Geophysics course:


Course location

This course is based at Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton).

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.