Marine science

Why Plymouth?

Which course?

Undergraduate courses

Focuses on exploring and mapping the underwater environment using acoustic and optical techniques, from coast to deep ocean, with wide ranging career opportunities.

Focuses on the marine environment and its life support systems helping you to understand how we can protect marine ecosystems and manage the seas sustainably.

Focuses on the dynamic processes that drive the ocean circulation, support life within it and shape our coasts.

For those students who know they want to take their education further, this course adds a 4th year including specialist masters modules from our suite of postgraduate programmes to expand your knowledge and understanding.

If you know you want to do ocean science but lack the specific entry requirements for courses above this may be the ideal route for you. It will provide an excellent grounding in the skills and knowledge you need to progress onto our undergraduate courses with confidence.

Maldives research

Physical oceanographic processes strongly influence the behaviour of animals living within the marine environment. 

In this video, Dr Phil Hosegood explains how ocean currents influence manta ray foraging in Hanifaru Bay in the Maldives where some of the world’s largest manta aggregations are observed. Phil also explains the instrumentation he used during the research, which was limited to working from a small boat and deploying kit by hand due to the conservation status of Hanifaru Bay.

Ocean science - week 2

Jordan Elliot-Murray (first year) - BSc (Hons) Ocean Science and Marine Conservation - tells us about her first few weeks studying within the subject area of ocean science with the University of Plymouth. 

"It's only our second week in Plymouth, and we're already on the boats; we're already in the Marine Station; we're already having a fantastic time using all of the equipment."

About us

Our oceans account for over 70 per cent of the Earth's surface: they are as fascinating as they are important, yet they are increasingly vulnerable and we still have so much to learn about them. How does oxygen get to the bottom of the oceans? What makes a great surf beach? How can we protect our marine ecosystems for future generations? Explore these questions and many more when you study marine sciences at Plymouth.

We provide a ‘hands on’ education to aspiring marine scientists whether their interests lie in exploring the deep ocean for minerals, identifying the right areas for protection of vulnerable species or modelling how coastal areas might be affected by waves and surf. During our BSc and MSc programmes, we incorporate practical training wherever appropriate including boat-based data gathering, computer based data management and modelling, and practical field or lab work and developing management plans for vulnerable species. Find out more and speak to our staff and students at one of our open days.