Postgraduate Studies

We offer postgraduate students a unique setting and excellent facilities for study. Postgraduate students at both Southampton and Liverpool are involved in world-class research, working alongside some of the leading scientists in their subject area.


The Graduate School at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (GSNOCS)

Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton offers postgraduate study at taught Masters (MSc)Research Intensive Masters (MRes) and PhD opportunities. 

The Graduate School of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (GSNOCS) is a centre of excellence. We are large, international, scientifically diverse and genuinely interdisciplinary with more than 200 PhD students with backgrounds in Geochemistry, Geology and Geophysics, Marine Biology and Ecology, Marine Biogeochemistry, Physical Oceanography, Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate and Coastal Engineering.

Our Graduate School aims to provide the best possible education and training with skills and knowledge to operate at the very cutting edge of research, to prepare for future employment and to instil the motivation and ethos that breed successful careers.

Search the list of over 100 PhD projects currently available in all areas of Ocean and Earth Science.

Find out more about the University of Southampton research groups.
Apply online for a PhD project with the University of Southampton.


Postgraduate studies at the National Oceanography Centre Liverpool

Our Liverpool site has firm links with the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Liverpool.

NOC Liverpool has a renowned international reputation for shelf sea dynamics and modelling. It is situated in purpose-built premises, adjacent to the School of Environmental Sciences of the University of Liverpool. Located on the same site is the British Oceanographic Data Centre, a national facility for storing and distributing data concerning the marine environment. This close relationship is ideal for postgraduate study and research, and students benefit greatly from studying in an environment attached to a World Class oceanography centre.

Postgraduate research projects at NOC Liverpool are partnered with university departments all over the UK. These diverse relationships ensure specialist supervisory expertise and training are available for postgraduate students.

Find out more about postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool and how to apply.