Earth and Ocean Sciences

MPhil / PhD

As one of the four subject disciplines within the School of Environmental Sciences we undertake fundamental and applied research within Earth and Ocean Sciences. We place a high value on our thriving Postgraduate Research (PGR) and have over 50 active PGR students.

World leading research

Supervisors are world experts in their field and they bring massive amounts of experience to the projects, which can be invaluable.

Kristoff B. Gibbon-Walsh - Earth and Ocean Sciences PhD student
  • 50

    postgraduate research students.

  • 84%

    of our research outputs deemed 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' REF (2014).

  • 1919

    the oceans have been studied here since the formation of the Liverpool Tidal Institute in 1919.

Research at Liverpool

We aim to produce researchers with strong, transferable research skills, who are internationally recognised in their own fields and understand current environmental and academic research problems.

You will develop your research skills primarily by completing a project under supervision. These skills include:

  • data collection
  • manipulation of the data
  • data interpretation and modelling
  • critical analysis
  • literature surveys
  • presentation skills, through international conferences.

We also encourage and train you to publish academic papers. It is not unusual for students to students leave with 2-3 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals. 

Study options and fees

MPhil

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be thought of as a shorter version of the PhD. It requires the same research skills, training, planning, and project management. It can be a way to assess whether you wish to undertake doctoral research - or it can be taken for its own sake.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
PhD

A doctoral degree is awarded to students that have demonstrated the ability to conceptualise, design, and implement a substantial research project that results in new knowledge, applications, or understanding in their field of study. During your research, you can expect to draw on direct clinical and observational experience to produce an original thesis of 80,000-100,000 words. You'll be part of a research group which matches your research interests. Research groups offer opportunities for cross-disciplinary research collaboration, as well as support and expertise for your research.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
MD

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a doctoral degree open to medical practitioners (technically, anyone holding a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council). It is equivalent in requirements and format to the PhD.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 2-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)

Entry requirements

Eligibility and entry qualifications

Entrance requirements for postgraduate students are a good 2:1 or first class Honours degree (or equivalent). The degree may be in any branch of Earth and Ocean Sciences and we also welcome applications from students in other subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Materials Science or Life Sciences, who wish to move into the Earth and Ocean Sciences.

English language requirements

To apply for this research degree, you must have reached a minimum standard of English. You need to be able to provide evidence of this.  See our English language requirements for international students for guidance on the different English language qualifications and evidence that you can provide. 

International qualifications

We welcome applications from within the EU and from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those which are required to study for this research degree.  See our guidance on international qualifications.

Additional requirements

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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Find a supervisor

Your supervisor is your main source of academic support and mentoring. You'll need to find a supervisor before you start your research degree. It's helpful to identify a supervisor and discuss your research proposal before you apply.

View supervisors in this area

Earth’s Interior Dynamics: Dr Dan Faulkner 

People, Space, place: Dr. Olivier Sykes 

Earth’s Changing Environment: Dr David Hodgson 

Oceans and Ecosystems: Dr. Fabienne Marret-Davies 

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