About this course
Join one of the largest marine science communities in Europe as you address key environmental challenges facing our planet. You’ll study marine ecosystems and ocean processes, with the opportunity to explore some of the remotest places on Earth.
Go from classroom, to lab, to the field as you study at the world-leading National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). Our 4-years integrated master’s course will allow you to specialise through years 3 and 4, and to develop your research interests with experts in the field.
You’ll study topics such as:
coastal change, from beach dynamics to sea level rise
ocean currents, globally connecting tropics to poles
the physical and chemical controls on life in the oceans
Fieldwork, practical skills and independent research are core parts of this programme. You’ll have the opportunity to:
choose an independent research project from the range of research that we cover
use modern instruments and sampling methods abroad our research vessel, the RV Callista
use laboratory analysis to explore the makeup of marine environments
develop essential computing skills for professional data analysis
obtain qualifications in first aid and sea survival techniques
You’ll gain the support, guidance and expertise of researchers at the forefront of their fields.
You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to follow a career in areas like:
ocean and climate research
coastal engineering and management
This degree is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
This course is based at Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton), 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.