Ocean Science Programmes

At the University of Liverpool we have a long history in Ocean Science, celebrating our centenary in 2019 as the UK’s oldest university ocean science department. You will be taught by lecturers who are at the leading edge of research in their fields, and you will be able to interact with our colleagues in the National Oceanography Centre situated on the University campus.


Undergraduate Courses

Our Ocean Science undergraduate degrees are taught by internationally known experts in the School of Environmental Science.



For Ocean Sciences, our fieldwork programme involves spending time at sea on research vessels.



Our training is designed to provide you with the skills needed to work in the environment sector, as identified by the Natural Environment Research Council.

Why study in Liverpool?

Our fully-accredited degree programmes in ocean science are distinctive in being strongly multi-disciplinary, linking across the biology, chemistry and physics of the sea. Our teaching and research stretches from the polar oceans to the tropics, and from the shallow coastal seas to the abyssal depths of the open ocean. Whatever your science background, we aim to provide you with a cross-disciplinary range of skills and knowledge that allow you to understand how the whole ocean works, so that your degree can be a foundation for an exciting and fruitful career.

The University of Liverpool is ranked 11th in the Guardian 2020 league tables for Earth and Marine Sciences, making us 2nd for degrees in ocean/marine science and in marine biology with oceanography. In the National Student Survey 2019 we were the top ranked University across those Universities offering Ocean Science or Oceanography degrees in 6 out of the 8 question categories.

The City of Liverpool has a long history of dependence on the sea, reflected in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Liverpool waterfront. The resulting influences of so many different cultures makes our city a vibrant and exciting place to live and study.

Why do we study the ocean?

The ocean stores more than a 1000 times as much heat and 50 times as much carbon as the atmosphere. The ocean also provides people with important food and energy resources. Understanding how the ocean stores and transports carbon and heat, and how it sustains life, is fundamental to understanding how our planet’s climate is changing and how humanity can use the ocean’s resources sustainably. Our degree programmes provide the knowledge and skills that are needed to solve some of the most pressing questions in the ocean’s role in our planet’s climate and ecosystems and what might happen in the future. For instance: How much are the oceans warming? How does the increase in carbon dioxide and warming affect life in the ocean? How is sea level changing as the ocean warms?