About this course
Expand your subject knowledge while carrying out a major research project on this MRes Marine Geology and Geophysics: Palaeoceanography 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 relating to the oceans' geologic past.
You'll study a combination of modules that are common to all our marine geology and geophysics pathways and modules specific to the palaeoceanography pathway.
Your specialist modules will look at topics such as:
- global climate cycles
- the processes that control the chemical composition of seawater
- microfossils, and how to gather, analyse and interpret microfossil data
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.
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.
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.
We offer 3 other pathways on our MRes Marine Geology and Geophysics course:
This course is based at Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton).
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.