Research the role of the ocean in our changing climate

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  • Require a BSc and PhD
  • Plan and carry out research expeditions
  • Write reports and journal papers on research activities and findings

An Oceanographer studies the ocean and all its complex relationships with the planet. This includes the study of the weather, ocean currents, sea life, ice shelves, the ocean floor, and every other topic associated with the ocean. 

Oceanographers present their findings to other scientists and the general public and advise government and business. Oceanography can involve travel and periods away from home to conduct research.  

To get a job as an oceanographer you would need:

  • A degree in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, computer science, engineering, oceanography, or marine science. 
  • A PhD in a related subject
  • Good presentation skills. 
  • A passion and curiosity about our ocean. 

For more information about this role, visit:

National Careers Service: Oceanographer: Oceanographer | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Prospects: Oceanographer: Oceanographer job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

UCAS: Oceanographer: How To Become An Oceanographer | UCAS Progress | UCAS

University of Southampton: 

MSc Oceanography Oceanography Master’s Degree | MSc | University of Southampton

MSc Marine Environment and Resources Marine Environment & Resources | MSc | University of Southampton

MRes Ocean Science Ocean Science | MRes | University of Southampton

University of Plymouth: Schools of Biological and Marine Sciences: Marine science – University of Plymouth

  • BSc (Hons) Ocean Exploration and Surveying
  • BSc (Hons) Ocean Science and Marine Conservation
  • BSc (Hons) Oceanography and Coastal Processes
  • BSc (Hons) Ocean Sciences with Foundation Year

Information about the employer

The National Oceanography Centre is one of the world’s top oceanographic institutions.  We undertake world leading research in large scale oceanography and ocean measurement technology. Our goal is to undertake internationally excellent research and technology development to advance the frontiers of knowledge about the ocean.  We also manage several national marine facilities, including the National Marine Equipment Pool (Europe’s largest fleet of autonomous and robotic vehicles), and two state of the art research ships RRS Discovery and RRS James Cook. https://noc.ac.uk/


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