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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonPostgraduate study


Postgraduate study at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton is an inspiring and rewarding experience, with a Graduate School that supports all PhD students throughout their time with us.

Working closely with a supervisory team, you will undertake in depth research into your chosen area of Ocean and Earth science. Key areas of doctoral research include Benthic Processes, Biogeochemical Cycles, Climate Dynamics and Climate Change, Coastal, Shelf and Estuarine Studies, Hydrothermal processes and Mineralisation, Ocean Circulation and Mixing, Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimatology, Pollution and Global Sustainability, and Tectonics and Crustal processes.

We are also happy for you to contact us with your particular research interests, and we can suggest projects and supervisors.

We offer two PhD routes in Ocean and Earth Science:

PhD by Research

This is a conventional MPhil/PhD programme, focussed on independent research, over a minimum of three years.

Integrated PhD in Ocean and Earth Science.

The Integrated PhD offers a more structured PhD pathway that includes a wide choice of formal instruction, coupled with an extensive range of specialist research topics across the breadth of the subject. It is particularly suitable for overseas students seeking to convert from other scientific disciplines, and also those who are awarded four-year scholarships through their government or other sources.

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