About This Course
Supervision is available for research across all discipline areas in the School of Ocean Sciences.
Ocean Sciences with specialisations in the following:
- Shelf Sea and Coastal Processes
- Biogeochemistry and Palaeoceanography
- Marine Ecosystems: Conservation and Resource Management
Please read the guidance notes and select your topic from the directory of PhD research degrees opportunities. Topics are listed by academic School and are based on the research interests of academic staff.
Facilities include the research vessel (Prince Madog), aquaculture facilities and a full range of modern analytical equipment needed to study the biology, physics, geology and chemistry of oceans and seas.
MPhil and PhD are research degrees and are awarded after the examination of a candidate's thesis, produced following a period of research.
While most candidates pursue research degrees on a full-time basis, in certain circumstances it is possible to offer them on a part-time basis. You may register for these degrees at the beginning of any month. The usual period of registration for research degrees is:
- Full-time: MPhil 2 years / PhD 3 years
- Part-time: MPhil 3 years / PhD 5 years
It is possible for you to complete the MPhil after studying for only one year full-time or two years part-time. If you are a PhD candidate with a relevant Master's degree or at least two years' relevant experience, your period of registration could possibly be of only two years' duration full-time or three years part-time. This arrangement would have to be agreed by your Head of Department and Supervisor before your research is started. We expect PhD students to produce and submit a thesis for examination within four years of starting a three-year programme.
International Year Zero: HSD GPA 2.0 OR SAT 1500+
International Year 1: HSD GPA 3.0 OR SAT 500+ each section OR ACTs 26+
Undergraduate Courses: HSD GPA 3.0 OR SAT 550+ each section OR ACTs 26+
Postgraduate Courses: Bachelor Degree GPA of 3.0. GRE not required
PhD/Research Course: Masters Degree
Note: Some courses may require higher entry requirements. Refer Individual Course page for details.
Applicants from USA need NOT provide additional evidence of English Language ability, if previous education was with English medium of instruction. Otherwise, an IELTS overall 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent is normally required (some courses may require a higher score).
An upper second class honours degree (or equivalent from a non-UK institution) in natural science is required.