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Marine Sciences PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students in the UK

We have 177 Marine Sciences PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students in the UK

A PhD in Marine Sciences offers you the opportunity to work on research that is of importance to the field of marine sciences. You can focus your research on a particular geographical location such as an ocean, sea or inlets, or you can look at the study of marine organisms such as fish or invertebrates.

What's it like to study a PhD in Marine Sciences?

Working under the guidance of an expert supervisor, you'll work towards completion of a thesis that will make an original contribution to the field of Marine Sciences. You'll have some departmental training sessions and there may also be some core training programmes you can attend.

Most PhD programmes in Marine Sciences have a research training centre attached, meaning you will likely have access to equipment to aid your research. You may also be encouraged to attend conferences or publish your work to promote your research.

Some PhDs in Marine Sciences also come with a research aim already attached. You may also have the option of proposing your own research project, though this is less common.

PhD in Marine Sciences entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Marine Sciences is usually a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a related subject, though a high Masters in a related field may also be required.

PhD in Marine Sciences funding options

The main body funding PhDs in the UK is the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Most students have funding coverage through the NERC as part of their PhD studentship, which is awarded with a tuition fee waiver. However, it is possible to apply for standalone research funding elsewhere if you are planning to self-fund your PhD. Possible sources of funding include charities, trusts and government bodies.

PhD in Marine Sciences careers

Many PhD graduates in Marine Sciences go on to work in areas such as conservation, pollution, maritime trade, oil and gas and aquaculture. You may also decide to continue your research career by applying for a postdoc or research fellow position.

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Funded PhD - Innovating tools to protect and restore coral reefs in the Red Sea

Project Background. The oceans are naturally full of sound, with a vast array of intentional (e.g., communication) and incidental (e.g., feeding) sounds produced by marine mammals, fish and invertebrates. Read more

Regional impacts of supraglacial lake drainage on ice-flow dynamics

Mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet is accelerating, partly due to increases in the rate at which ice flows out to the ocean. Ongoing increases in the magnitude and spatial extent of surface melting play a complex role in this process. Read more

The ecological and photosynthetic properties of marine phytoplankton in the subpolar North Atlantic and its impact on the ocean’s carbon cycle

Marine phytoplankton are responsible for half of the photosynthesis on our planet and form the base of the marine food chain. These tiny photosynthetic cells are the conduit through which energy in the form of sunlight enters ocean ecosystems. Read more

Morpho-sedimentary-dynamics of gravel beaches

Applications are invited a 3.5-year PhD studentship. The studentships will start on 1 April 2024. We are offering a fully funded 3.5-year PhD position associated with the ‘Gravel barrier resilience in a changing climate’ project (#gravelbeach) awarded by NERC under their Special Highlight Topic round. Read more

Past ocean oxygen and pH changes

Fully funded PhD position available to UK and international students! Apply by 12 noon, 5 January 2024 (international applicants must have contacted supervisor by 11 December 2023). Read more

CDTS327: Can habitat restoration deliver effective mitigation for marine and estuarine fish?

Numerous restoration projects are currently seeking to reverse losses of seagrass, saltmarsh and other coastal habitats. These habitats are considered to be important nurseries for juvenile fish and therefore critical for sustaining coastal fish populations. Read more

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