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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton Postgraduate 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 programmes in Ocean and Earth Science:

PhD by Research

This PhD programme is focussed on independent research, over a minimum of three years. You will work with one or more supervisors who are themselves research-active members of staff with expertise in your area of interest. During your first year (two years for part-time students) you will also participate in our research training programme, delivered through a series of core and elective units.

INSPIRE Doctoral Training Programme

The Interdisciplinary Southampton Partnership for Investigators Researching the Environment trains students in research, professional and transferable skills within world-leading research teams to enable them to develop as future leaders. The main scientific themes of INSPIRE are:

1. Oceans and climate
2. The dynamic Earth
3. Interaction of organisms with the global environment.

Courses List

PhD by Research (3 years)


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