An Oceanographer studies the ocean and all its complex relationships with the planet. This includes the study of the weather, ocean currents, sea life, ice shelves, the ocean floor, and every other topic associated with the ocean. 

Oceanographers present their findings to other scientists and the general public and advise government and business. Oceanography can involve travel and periods away from home to conduct research.  

To get a job as an oceanographer you would need:

  • A degree in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, computer science, engineering, oceanography, or marine science. 
  • A PhD in a related subject
  • Good presentation skills. 
  • A passion and curiosity about our ocean. 

For more information about this role, visit:

National Careers Service: Oceanographer: Oceanographer | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Prospects: Oceanographer: Oceanographer job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

UCAS: Oceanographer: How To Become An Oceanographer | UCAS Progress | UCAS

University of Southampton: 

MSc Oceanography Oceanography Master’s Degree | MSc | University of Southampton

MSc Marine Environment and Resources Marine Environment & Resources | MSc | University of Southampton

MRes Ocean Science Ocean Science | MRes | University of Southampton

University of Plymouth: Schools of Biological and Marine Sciences: Marine science – University of Plymouth

  • BSc (Hons) Ocean Exploration and Surveying
  • BSc (Hons) Ocean Science and Marine Conservation
  • BSc (Hons) Oceanography and Coastal Processes
  • BSc (Hons) Ocean Sciences with Foundation Year