M.Sc. On Campus

Oceanography (Marine Biogeochemistry)

University of Southampton

12 months
25400 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Specialise in marine biogeochemistry at the Oceanography (Marine Biogeochemistry) MSc course offered by the University of Southampton. You’ll study at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) - home to the largest single group of marine and earth scientists in the world.


Course Details

At NOCS, you'll work alongside experts in their field at our School of Ocean and Earth Science (OES). You’ll learn how oceanographers develop their understanding of marine systems, from coasts to the vast unexplored deep ocean.

At the Oceanography (Marine Biogeochemistry) MSc course offered by the University of Southampton you’ll be taught by researchers at the forefront of their disciplines, contributing to some of today’s biggest challenges, such as:
  • sea-level rise
  • ocean pollution
  • sustainable fisheries
  • climate change
  • deep-sea mining
  • marine biodiversity

This course is open to UK and international students who are passionate about working in marine science but may not have previous experience. We welcome students from all scientific backgrounds.

You’ll benefit from the centre’s modern equipment, laboratory facilities and dedicated teaching vessel, Callista. Our flexible course structure means you can mix and match your module choices to adapt your studies around career goals.

On the Marine Biogeochemistry pathway, you’ll look at a variety of different sciences and their role within oceanography, as well as the following specific subjects:

  • biogeochemical cycles in the Earth system
  • environmental radioactivity and radiochemistry
  • global ocean carbon cycle, acidification and climate

If you'd prefer a more general approach you can select our general pathway. Or you can specialise with a different pathway:

  • Marine Biology and Ecology
  • Physical Oceanography and Climate Dynamics
  • Marine Geology and Geophysics

Career Opportunities

With a master's in marine biogeochemistry, you can work in a wide range of organisations - from global corporations and consultancies to government agencies, museums and universities. Transferable skills in analysis, research, problem-solving and teamwork mean you'll be ideally suited for a variety of different roles.

Past students have gone on to the following jobs:

  • marine scientist
  • oceanographer
  • geologist
  • fisheries officer
  • oil spill consultant
  • marine science officer

Around one-third of our students have gone on to complete PhD research. Past students have gone to work at the following organisations:

  • British Antarctic Survey
  • Environment Agency
  • BP
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
  • Natural England

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Marine Geology
  • Physical Oceanography
  • MSc Key Skills and Literature Review
  • Biogeochemical Cycles in the Earth System
  • Climate and Climate Change
  • Computational Data Analysis for Geophysicists and Ocean Scientists
  • Deep Sea Ecology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree in science, mathematics, geology or geography. We welcome students who have studied the following subjects:

  • geology
  • physics
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • maths

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25400 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £25,400.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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