School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Marine Science - Postgraduate Research

Marine Science - Postgraduate Research

There are significant opportunities to look at unanswered questions about protecting endangered species and habitats and managing the ocean environment as part of our postgraduate research programmes.

Our MPhil and PhD programmes provide training in the techniques that enable scientists to play leading roles in understanding and managing coastal environments throughout the world. Each year research students contribute to the Postgraduate Conference, participate in the seminar series and have opportunities for special training to equip them for independent careers as marine scientists or coastal managers.

Our research degrees range from our 1year MRes to a full 3-4 year PhD:

  • MRes (Marine Ecosystems and Governance)
  • MPhil
  • PhD
  • Taught PhD (Integrated PhD in Engineering and Science in the Marine Environment)

Choosing a research degree

Programme structure

The PhD normally requires three years full-time study, the MPhil and MRes one or two years. Some or all of these years can be replaced by a longer period of work as a part-time student. The difference between the Masters and the PhD is that the PhD should show substantial evidence of original scholarship and contain material worthy of technical publication.

For the PhD, you are normally required to register for the MPhil in the first instance and, if your progress is satisfactory, you will be able to transfer to the PhD at the end of the first year. Both the PhD and MPhil are assessed by submission of a thesis and oral examination. The MRes is assessed by written examination papers, end of semester examinations and a dissertation.

Training and supervision

You will be assigned a supervisor who will monitor your progress and assist you in your studies. In addition, you will have formal research training in the use and application of research resources including information technology and library provision.

You will be encouraged to sit in on Master's seminar programmes, where appropriate. We also organise a Marine Science seminar programme to which guest speakers are invited. These provide a forum for debate and learning in which taught and research postgraduates are invited to participate.