Ocean Sciences (PhD/MPhil), Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #301 ,
Supervision is available for research across all discipline areas in the School of Ocean Sciences. The Ocean Sciences (PhD/MPhil) is offered at Bangor University.


The Ocean Sciences (PhD/MPhil) is offered at Bangor University.

Research Areas

Ocean Sciences with specialisations in the following (please click on the links for more information about these Research Groups):

  • Shelf Sea and Coastal Processes

  • Biogeochemistry and Palaeoceanography

  • Marine Ecosystems: Conservation and Resource Management




PhD: 3 years full-time; MPhil: 2 years full-time

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

If you are a European or International student this research programme is one of those which allows you to develop a research project proposal as an initial and integral part of a Combined English / Study Skills and Research Course at the University before starting the PhD/MPhil degree.

European and International candidates who have already reached the required level of English can apply for entry onto the project of their choice by presenting a relevant research proposal when applying for admission.

Alternatively you may also consider developing your own research proposal based on the research specialisms within the school.

The opportunities which are currently available are outlined below.

  • A 1,000 year seawater temperature reconstruction for the South Icelandic Shelf using stable isotopes from mollusc shells
  • Anthropogenic impacts on coastal ecosystems: the synergistic effects of multiple stressors
  • Biology and population dynamics of commercially exploited fishes
  • Climatic buffering by structural habitat formed by macro algae
  • Context dependent effects of soft-sediment ecosystem engineers on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Coral Reef Resilience and Marine Protected Areas
  • Determining the age of decapod crustaceans
  • Does fishing impact upon the provision of ecosystem services?
  • Ecological responses to global warming - the role of phenotypic plasticity in marine benthic invertebrates
  • Factors which influence seasonally stratified Shelf Sea surface mixed layer depth.
  • From glacial deposits to giant sediment waves: reconstructing sedimentary processes in the Irish Sea Basin after the retreat of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet.
  • Growth performance of aquatic animals under culture
  • How do waves interact with cohesive sea beds?
  • Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in Deep-Marine Sediments
  • Individual variation in behavioural or physiological performance
  • Late Holocene sea-levels and high magnitude storm events in NW Wales
  • Long term trends in salinity in estuaries worldwide
  • Plankton phenology in response to inter-year variations in the timing of seasonal cycles of primary production
  • Simulating tsunami generation, propagation and inundation using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH)
  • The future of vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems in a changing climate
  • The Impact of seasonal Arctic Sea ice loss on air-sea fluxes of heat and momentum
  • Tide-ocean circulation feedback in a warming climate
  • Understanding the transport of sand and mud in rivers and seas
  • Zooplankton faecal pellet characteristics and contribution to elemental fluxes on the shelf seas

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 7

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Academic Requirements

An upper second class honours degree (or equivalent from a non-UK institution) in natural science is required.

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