Why Study at Liverpool

Why study Ocean Sciences at Liverpool?

Whatever your science background, our fully-accredited degree programmes in ocean science will provide you with a cross-disciplinary range of transferrable skills and knowledge, so that your degree can be a foundation for an exciting and fruitful career.  

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.  

We have state of the art teaching facilities and we work closely with colleagues at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) situated on campusThe 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? 

In 2019 we celebrated 100 years of Ocean Science at the University of Liverpool. You can download our Oceans Centenary Brochure here.

Learn about the Ocean

Have a look at some of the ocean science that we research and teach:

Learn about the importance of microscopic ocean life to Earth’s climate. This is a key area of research at Liverpool, and the concepts are used throughout our teaching.

What happens when a river meets the salty ocean? This is an example of a laboratory practical that students do in year 1.

A future perspective on sea level. Research and teaching about tides, sea level and climate change has been a focus at Liverpool for over 100 years.

You can view many more videos of our work on our OceanClimateAtUoL Youtube channel.