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Full time | University of Liverpool | 2 years | Contact University

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2 years

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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Marine Biology Oceanography

Course type


Course Summary

Marine Science focus on all aspects of the marine system, from the physics of how the ocean moves across the planet, the chemistry of micronutrients and pollutants, through to the biology of single cells phytoplankton all the way to marine mammals. We offer a multi-disciplinary research program to further our understanding of the ocean, its functioning and its importance in shaping our world.


Liverpool always had a close connection to marine sciences, from the young Jeremiah Horrocks (aged 22) who studied the influence of the moon on tides back in 1640, to William Hutchinson who recorded sea level twice a day for 30 years. It was no surprise that the fist Oceanographic department in the UK was open in Liverpool in 1919. This connection is still strong nowadays with the Ocean Science department having recently celebrated its Centenary and the University campus benefiting from the presence of the National Oceanographic Centre, a world renown research institute.

Our academic staff are internationally recognised with expertise in physics, chemistry and/or biology. We offer research topics that are often cross boundaries, aiming to answer fundamental questions about the functioning of the ocean, now and in the future. To find out more about individual research topics, please visit our Postgraduate Research page here.

By taking on a research project with us, you will integrate research groups that will train you to become an independent researcher while developing a range of transferable skills that will serve you in your future position(s), whatever they are. We aim to provide an emulative and exciting research environment to all PhD students to help them succeed in their research, during their PhD and beyond. We will strongly encourage you to communicate and publish your research to the wider community.

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Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed and will be considered in our highly competitive programme from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, in a relevant subject.

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