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Masters in Ocean Sciences in the UK

Study Ocean Sciences Masters Programmes

Ocean Sciences, sometimes referred to as Oceanography or Oceanology, is a scientific discipline that is comprised of the study of the oceans. It is usually considered an earth science, and looks at topics such as ocean currents, waves and plate tectonics, among others.

As an ocean scientist, you will be interested in furthering your knowledge of the oceans of the world, including the chemistry, biology, geology and hydrology of the water environment. Oceans are an interesting and integral part of the general world ecology, and a better understanding of them could be useful for a variety of reasons.

When studying in this field, your modules are likely to cover topics such as:

  • Marine Ecosystems
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Climate Change
  • Marine Pollution
  • Coastal Environments

As a graduate of ocean sciences, you may find work in a range of scientific disciplines, such as:

  • Marine Conservation
  • Hydrographic Surveying
  • Coastal Erosion Management
  • Environmental Science and Management

Postgraduate programmes in Ocean Sciences are most commonly offered at universities around the world as a Master of Science (MSc/MS), which can typically take 1-2 years to complete when studied full-time, and could include an industrial placement year.

Entry requirements for a postgraduate programme in ocean sciences will usually include a bachelor/undergraduate degree in a related discipline such as ecology, marine biology or physics.

Study in the UK

The UK is a popular destination for international students who want to study abroad. With a wide range of universities offering a variety of courses, there are so many opportunities that students might not be able to find elsewhere. Each university will pride itself on offering high quality education from leading teaching professionals. A qualification gained in the UK will be well regarded across the globe, making an education in the UK a great investment in your future. As well as this, there are many highly ranked universities in the UK, around 17 of which are consistently appearing in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings.

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