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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Marine Biology Oceanography

Course type


Course Summary

This full time or part time doctoral programme is suitable for people who have a particular research question or topic in mind, and wish to explore this through independent study in order to produce an original contribution to the subject. If you aspire to a research career this is usually the most appropriate research degree to undertake. Conduct research at the cutting edge of the discipline, working alongside a team of specialist academic advisors. Our staff work in a wide range of fields, including marine physics, coastal processes and modelling, coastal ocean and sediment transport engineering, marine and coastal policy, geomatics, oceanography and marine renewable energy. You will be expected to fully engage with skills development and training and to present your research in a range of scholarly contexts, including seminars.

Different course options

Full time | Plymouth University | 36 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


36 months

Start date



BIO5131 Postgraduate Research Skills and Methods - Core
MAR513 Research Skills and Methods - Core
GSRMSCI4 Research Marine Sciences - Core

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Entry requirements

Students are expected to have either a good 2:1 or first class honours undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject, and typically to have also completed a masters level qualification to a high standard (e.g. at 'merit' or 'distinction' level). If students do not have a masters level qualification, they may wish to consider an appropriate ResM such as ResM Biological Sciences or ResM Marine Sciences.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more

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