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Chemical Oceanography, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months


Chemical oceanography is the study of the pathways that chemical species follow on their transit through the oceans. Chemical oceanographers examine vast ranges of time and space scales.

  • From molecular level to global in space
  • From fractions of a second to billions of years in time

Interdisciplinary focus

Besides addressing purely geochemical issues, chemical oceanographers work at the boundaries between chemistry and biology, geology and physics. There they apply their efforts to a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary challenges.

Climate change

Human activities, such as fossil fuel combustion, biomass burning, and agriculture, release large amounts of carbon dioxide and other gases that influence climate into the atmosphere. As the atmospheric carbon dioxide level rises, both scientific and societal concerns grow over potential greenhouse warming and climate change. 

An important fraction of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by human activities ends up in the ocean; without the oceans, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels would be even higher than they are today. 

Much research in chemical oceanography focuses on quantifying the ocean's rate of uptake of carbon dioxide and understanding the biological pump by which the carbon dioxide that enters the surface ocean is transferred to deep waters and sediments, to be sequestered from the atmosphere for millennia.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Aquatic Chemistry
  • Special Problems in Chemical Oceanography
  • Paleoceanography
  • Marine Geochemistry
  • Marine Chemistry
  • Geochemistry of Marine Sediments
  • Marine Isotope Chemistry
  • Marine Organic Geochemistry
  • Modeling, Data Analysis & Numerical Techniques for Geochemistry
  • Introduction to Isotope Chemistry
  • Marine Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Marine Chemistry Seminar
  • Graduate Thesis

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Field of interest
  • Personal information/addresses
  • International student data
  • Three or more names and email addresses of letter writers
  • Scanned copies of your Official College Transcripts
  • Educational and work history
  • Statement of objectives
  • Outside financial support and potential outside support
  • Credit card payment of $75

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44720 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    44720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44720 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
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