Study MSc Applied Marine Geoscience

Researching the marine sciences in the UK

Bangor University is home to one of the largest university Marine Science departments in Europe, located in on the shores of the Menai Strait, North Wales, UK, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We have the leading facilities and lecturers for Ocean Sciences in the UK and unrivalled access to the sea and seashore.

The MSc in Applied Marine Geoscience is a full-time one-year course, consisting of 9 months taught course and 3 months research project, and assessed by coursework and examinations. The course provides theoretical and practical training in measuring, quantifying and understanding the physical processes within the geological marine environment. It provides a sound scientific basis on which to decide how best to design and execute marine surveys, be they geophysical, sedimentological or geological, for the required purpose. The MSc in Applied Marine Geoscience evolved from its predecessor, the Marine Geotechnics course which boasted a 30 year pedigree.

Developing applied research skills

The aim of the course is to provide the world with people who

  • understand the inter-relationships between the forces which shape the marine geological environment,
  • have mastered the practical and analytical techniques necessary to study those controls and survey the geological settings
  • can critically analyse their findings and present them at a standard and in a form required by end-users, be they commercial or academic.

In a more general sense, the course is designed to act as a conversion course for a physical scientist who wants to hone their research skills whilst at the same time getting a grasp of how those skills are applied to solve both academic and commercially based problems. An important part of the course philosophy is the idea that the challenges that face marine geoscientists can often only be solved by taking a multi-disciplinary approach and we instill this idea of wider thought into our graduates.

Offshore (and onshore) employment

From past experience it is found that students on completion of the course will find employment in the offshore hydrocarbons industry, geophysical contract companies (both offshore and terrestrial), geotechnical engineering companies, river and harbour boards or government establishments. The course may also lead students to further academic research studies. Over the last 8 years, 78% of students have found geo-related employment and 18% have gone on to study for a PhD.  Typically, graduates have taken up one of the following career paths:

  • Onshore or offshore site investigation contract or consultancy companies.
  • Government research agencies, e.g. BGS.
  • Higher Education and Research.