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.

Graduates at the NOC Waterfront Campus

Our Southampton site has a strong connection to the University of Southampton, Ocean and Earth Science department and offers postgraduate study at taught Masters (MSc), Research Intensive Masters (MRes) and PhD level.  Our Liverpool site has strong links with the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Liverpool.

We are extremely proud of the high calibre of our postgraduate students and early career scientists and welcome applications from anyone with the ability and ambition to make a real contribution to ocean and earth science.

Current opportunities

The Graduate School at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton

The goal of the Graduate School is to provide the best possible education for graduate students in ocean and Earth sciences, to give you the skills and knowledge to operate at the very cutting edge of research, to prepare you for future employment and to instil in you the motivation and ethos that breed successful careers. A good postgraduate education occurs through a number of complementary processes. The Graduate School strives to provide the best balance for its postgraduate students

Our students benefit from the unique opportunity of completing their degree at a world-class research facility, with direct access to research vessels and equipment that is often not found in traditional university environments.

We also offer a range of Master of Science and Master of Research postgraduate courses.

The University of Southampton is a hosting partner of the National Oceanography Centre - find out more

Postgraduate studies at the National Oceanography Centre Liverpool

The NOC site in Liverpool has a strong 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 the Liverpool Site are partnered with university departments all over the UK. These diverse relationships ensure specialist supervisory expertise, and student training, are available for the postgradute students.

The University of Liverpool is a hosting partner of the National Oceanography Centre - find out more

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Our research is intended to tackle the big environmental issues facing the world. Research priorities will include the oceans' role in climate change, sea level change and the future of the Arctic Ocean.



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