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Key Programme Information

  • Degree MSc Advanced Oceanography for Professionals
  • Language English
  • Awarding Body University of Plymouth
  • Start January May September Next start date is 16th September 2024
  • Cost £6,500
  • Duration 12 Months
  • Apply now

Course Description

This Master’s degree programme consists solely of a 12-month research project. With several years as a senior oceanographer you will already have the skills, knowledge and expertise to undertake this stand-alone independent, workplace based project.

You will be encouraged to discover your own research subject for investigation; whether that’s researching new technologies, reviewing the science behind the day-to-day oceanography strategies or the impact of climate change on the ocean and whether the role of an oceanographer might evolve. Whatever you decide, we recommend your project be aligned with your aspirations in your current or chosen field of work.

During the 12 months you will plan, execute and report on your chosen project. Following successful completion you will graduate and be awarded the MSc Advanced Oceanography for Professionals by the University of Plymouth.

Please note, there are no taught modules as part of this programme.

Application Information

  • A copy of your CV
  • A suitable English language certificate, for example an IELTS. A full list of certificates accepted can be found here. (For International students only)
  • Copies of academic certificates and/or transcripts
  • A copy of your passport (photo page only)
  • A 200-300 word personal statement explaining your motivation for wanting to join this programme. You may find our Guidance document helpful.

Entry Requirements

You must possess one of the below:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Oceanography or similar
  • Several years experience in a senior Oceanography role


  • English language certificate. For example an IELTS score of 6.5. For a full list of English language certificates accepted click here.

Coursework Submissions

Peer Review Forum TaskWeeks 4-6 (S)
Annotated BibliographyWeek 7 (F)
Ethical ApprovalWeek 10 (F)
Project ProposalWeek 10 (S)
DissertationWeek 49 (S)
PresentationWeeks 50-52 (S)
(S) Summative (F) Formative

Suggested Pre-Reading List

Bell, J. and Water, S. (2018). Doing Your Research Project: a Guide for First-Time Researchers (7th Ed.)   McGraw Hill. Maidenhead.

Creswell, J.W. and Creswell, J.D. (2018). Research Design. Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches. (5th Ed.) Sage. London.

Denscombe, M. (2021). The Good Research Guide. (7th Ed.). Open University Press. London.

MLA College and the University of Plymouth use Harvard style referencing and it is advisable to pre-study on the importance of referencing on all academic coursework and how to do it, which is available here.

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Graduate testimonials

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I think this course is thoroughly planned and presented to a high standard. Overall, a high quality course throughout.

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