This is a programme designed for graduates in the physical or environmental sciences, mathematics or engineering.
MRes students spend two thirds of their year on their research project and the rest of their time taking taught modules. You can choose from a range of flexible pathways depending on your research interest. These currently include Exploration, Geodynamics, Coastal Processes, Palaeoceanography and Micro-palaeontology. You will develop specific knowledge and skills through your selection of modules and choice of subject for your research project.
The programme is taught by staff from across NOCS who draw on their cutting edge research to create a challenging and stimulating degree programme. You will also be encouraged to attend our research seminars, some delivered by leading visiting scientists.
* Conversion programme, broadening the knowledge base, and hence widening career options, for candidates from complementary disciplines
* May be taken prior to a PhD in marine geology or geophysics
* A wide range of practical, high-impact careers
The full-time programme lasts one year. The research component is undertaken throughout the year and finishes with the submission of your dissertation by the end of September.
The part-time programme lasts between two to five years. Students normally undertake the taught component over two years. The research component is undertaken throughout your period of study. You will have until the September of your fifth year in which to complete your research and submit your dissertation.
The structure shown below is for full-time students. Delivery for part-time students is agreed on an individual basis.
All students complete a common introductory module, Contemporary topics in ocean and earth science. You also take a mix of further introductory and speclalist modules in Semester 1, making a total of four. In Semester 2 you take a further specalist module. The choice of modules depends on your background and chosen pathway. You will also be working on your research projects through the year.
Semester 1 modules are delivered in a 'long thin' format. They usually comprise 2 lectures and 1 practical per week over a 10-12 week period.
* SOES6001 Contemporary topics
* SOES6042 MRes research project
* SOES3014 Coastal sediment dynamics
* SOES6004 Applied and marine geophysics
* SOES6014 Introduction to physical oceanography
* SOES6015 Introduction to chemical oceanography
* SOES6016 Introduction to marine geology
* SOES6022 Microfossils, environment and time
* SOES6025 Computational data analysis for geophysicists and ocean scientists
* SOES6037 Geodynamics and solid Earth geophysics
* SOES6059 Basin analysis
Semester 2 modules are delivered in a 'short fat' format. They usually comprise 2 or 3 lectures and 1 practical per day, condensed into a 3 week period.
Compulsory: SOES6042MRes research project Optional:
* SOES6011 Applied coastal sediment dynamics
* SOES6024 Seafloor exploration and surveying 2
* SOES6047 Global climate cycles
* SOES6064 Imperial Barrel Award
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide).
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Most projects are tied to ongoing research and might involve opportunities for extra travel and use of additional research grants; some partially and fully funded studentships are available.