Wednesday, 12th December 2018


Required Qualifications

Oceanography is a specialist science, so naturally it is a competitive and highly-skilled profession. Employers will expect oceanographers to have at least an undergraduate degree in one of the following subjects:

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Marine Science
  • Oceanography

Typically, employers will require a high class of a degree, either a first class or higher second. Whilst opportunities may be available for entry into the profession with this degree, most oceanographers also study at a postgraduate level.

As oceanography is such a research-heavy profession, employers may require a Master’s or a PhD in a specialist area, to demonstrate self-study and ability to conduct full research projects. Oceanographers also use postgraduate study to specialise in a certain field, whether studying general Oceanography or, more specifically, Marine Geology.

Most postgraduate courses will require a strong track record in Mathematics or Science either at degree level or with A-levels.

Top Universities to Study Earth and Marine Sciences (The Guardian 2014)