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Physical Oceanography MSc

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MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

This course aims to: provide a thorough training in the theory and application of physical oceanography; familiarise the student with modern oceanographic instrumentation and observational techniques; introduce state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics, data analysis and fundamental modelling methods; and provide the student with the practical experience and physical understanding necessary to address significant problems in the coastal ocean environment. This course has run for over 40 years and past students have gone on to become Nobel Laureates, directors of the main UK Oceanographic laboratories and managing directors of major commercial oceanographic companies. Many hold posts in the marine industries, particularly in consultancy companies that provide services in oceanography to the oil industry and companies concerned with engineering operations in shelf seas. There are opportunities in Government Laboratories and agencies with responsibility for estuarine and coastal waters. Many graduates have continued to higher degrees and an academic career.

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Full time


1 year

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This module will give students a practical experience of acquiring oceanographic data from the RV Prince Madog . In addition the students will process, interpret and report on the data acquired: Students will be familiarised with the practical techniques required for tackling a range of problems in oceanography, including remote sensing techniques; Students will be familiarised with the basic skills of numerical modelling.

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Entry requirements

Applicants normally hold, or expect to obtain, a 2.2 undergraduate Honours degree in a physical, mathematical or other numerate science. If places are available, we will also consider applicants with a good and relevant Lower Second Class Honours Degree. Applicants from Geography, Geology, Biology and other sciences will be considered if they can demonstrate high motivation and have mathematics to A-level or beyond.

University information

Located in North Wales, between the mountains and the sea, Bangor University offers postgraduate degrees within three colleges: Arts, Humanities and Business Environmental Sciences and Engineering Human Sciences Known for its research work, Bangor is renowned in particular for its research into industries like accounting, electronic engineering, sports science and psychology. In fact, the last Research Excellence Framework (REF,...more

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