School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Marine Science - Postgraduate Research

Marine Science - Postgraduate Research

You have the opportunity to look at unanswered questions about protecting endangered species and habitats, and managing the ocean environment, as part of our postgraduate research programmes.

Research strengths

Our research spans the whole range from organismal studies to large-scale processes and management procedures. But it can be viewed as being in two broad areas: marine organisms and ecosystem research, and coastal processes and management.

Our work with marine organisms and ecosystem research, includes: 

  • gamete maturation and fertilisation biology of marine invertebrates
  • chemical/physiological ecology of marine invertebrates
  • reef ecology, especially trophodynamics, the structure and dynamics of marine food webs generally

Our coastal processes and management research looks at:

  • effects of fishing and marine protected areas on benthic communities
  • air-sea exchange of biogases, element cycling in oceans, gaseous tracer technology

Our degrees

Our research degrees range from our one-year MRes to a full 3-4 year PhD:

MRes Marine Ecosystem and Governance

Marine Sciences MPhil, PhD

Integrated PhD in Engineering and Science in the Marine Environment

Our research has uncovered that man-made pollutants have reached the deepest corners of our planet.

Funded studentships for our science PhDs and other research degrees

We have a variety of funded PhD studentships available that you can apply for. Funding is available from the Natural Environment Research Council through a number of doctoral training partnerships we're involved with.