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Oceanography (Marine Biogeochemistry) (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)
Next course starts
September 2021

About this course

Specialise in marine biogeochemistry on this oceanography master's degree. You’ll study at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) - home to the largest single group of marine and earth scientists in the world.

"Studying for an MSc in Oceanography led directly into the technical career I have pursued ever since as well as influencing my writing." - Kate Kelly, MSc Oceanography graduate

At NOCS, you'll work alongside experts in their field at our School of Ocean and Earth Science (OES). You’ll learn how oceanographers develop their understanding of marine systems, from coasts to the vast unexplored deep ocean.

You’ll be taught by researchers at the forefront of their disciplines, contributing to some of today’s biggest challenges, such as:

  • sea-level rise
  • ocean pollution
  • sustainable fisheries
  • climate change
  • deep-sea mining
  • marine biodiversity

This course is open to UK and international students who are passionate about working in marine science but may not have previous experience. We welcome students from all scientific backgrounds.

You’ll benefit from the centre’s modern equipment, laboratory facilities and dedicated teaching vessel, Callista. Our flexible course structure means you can mix and match your module choices to adapt your studies around career goals.

On the Marine Biogeochemistry pathway, you’ll look at a variety of different sciences and their role within oceanography, as well as the following specific subjects:

  • biogeochemical cycles in the Earth system
  • environmental radioactivity and radiochemistry
  • global ocean carbon cycle, acidification and climate

If you'd prefer a more general approach you can select our general pathway. Or you can specialise with a different pathway:

Course lead

Your course leader has research interests in photosynthetic microbes and their applications. Visit Professor Thomas Bibby’s staff profile to learn more about his work.


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Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
“I chose Southampton because it is world-renowned for ocean sciences, and one of the best places to study with access to leading scientists in the field.”
Amanda Ceroli, 2020 graduate

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.

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