The effect of the ocean can only be fully understood by addressing the fundamental physical and chemical processes operating in our environment. This degree route offers three distinct pathways in oceanography, physics or chemistry, combined with an understanding of the ocean and climate system.
Each pathway has its own mix of modules from the School of Environmental Sciences and School of Physical Sciences. Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool provide guest lectures and supervision of projects.
The four-year master’s programme, F710, will provide you with the high-level skills and knowledge required to work in a research environment and address the challenges in ocean science. There is a strong emphasis on numerical skills hands-on laboratory and fieldwork at sea and independent study.
You will have the opportunity to work with scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (Liverpool), who are international leaders in sea level science and shelf sea physics.
Programme in detail
On the oceanography pathway you will acquire a broad interdisciplinary understanding of the ocean environment from a physical, chemical and biological perspective. The oceanography route is suitable if you don’t have a strong background in mathematics, physics or chemistry as remedial courses are provided.
On the physics pathway you will acquire a strong grounding in physics together with applications to the atmosphere, ocean and climate system.
On the chemistry pathway you will acquire a strong grounding in chemistry and laboratory work, together with applications to the ocean.
Across this degree programme, you will gain an understanding of how the climate is changing, how the atmosphere and ocean transport heat and tracers over the globe, how nutrients and carbon are cycled over the globe, how plankton growth and fisheries are sustained, the effects of ocean acidification, and how life operates in a dynamic ocean.
This degree programme will focus on practical aspects of marine science and will provide grounding in ‘hands on’ quantitative studies of chemical and physical marine science. There will be the opportunity to participate in field/project work throughout the course of your studies, as well as a full sea practical using UK marine facilities during Year Three. You will undertake a major research project in your final year.
The degree in Ocean Sciences at Liverpool is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.
A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. The field work is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
138 Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences first year students (2017)
Facts and figures
1st UK university to open a Department of Oceanography
Why this subject?
Be part of a group whose world-leading research is helping to tackle today’s greatest environmental challenges
Our multi-disciplinary research is helping organisations such as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea to develop sustainable management plans.
Bring your studies to life with laboratory and field teaching
A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and fieldwork. The fieldwork is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. Time spent in laboratory and in the field varies considerably depending which program you are registed on. We consider applications from prospective students with disabilities on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.
Benefit from our excellent facilities and partnerships
Our outstanding facilities include our custom-built remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and the award-winning Central Teaching Laboratories (CTL). The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) contributes to research-led teaching, particularly in Years Three and Four.
Be inspired by our culture of research excellence in a friendly environment
Project work, carried out within the research groups, will allow you to use research equipment and the latest techniques.
Apply for summer internships and placements
A number of paid summer placements are offered, working alongside an academic. NOC also provide a one year placement - a great opportunity to develop numerical and modelling skills as well as gaining a strong research experience.