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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonPostgraduate study

Taught degrees

Our Masters degrees offer chances to deepen your scientific knowledge and specialise in marine and Earth science.

We offer a range of postgraduate training at Masters level, developed over the past 50 years with employers, international collaborators, governments, and graduates. We attract students from many different countries and academic backgrounds to postgraduate study.

If you do not already have a degree in marine science, we offer a "conversion" degree, MSc Oceanography, that enables students from any science or maths background to apply the knowledge of their first degree to the marine environment. This degree allows you to gain a foundation in interdisciplinary marine science and develop an advanced level specialisation in one or more discipline areas. We have developed 'pathways' of suggested, module choices which include:

We also offer a Master's degree in MSc Marine Environment and Resources where you will learn advanced skills to assess and manage the marine environment, this is a two year course split with partner Universities.

Types of postgraduate degree programmes

The Master of Science (MSc) programmes are based more on taught modules, along with a shorter project. MSc programmes aim to expand subject knowledge and develop skills that are highly sought-after by employers. In many cases you can choose a named pathway within a broad-based degree structure. Many graduates of our masters programmes embark on careers in both the commerical marine and geo-related industries and the public sector. An MSc is an ideal way to deepen your knowledge in one area, particularly if your first degree was in a different discipline.

Postgraduate Modules

Explore our full list of Ocean and Earth Science postgraduate modules available.

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