Course Comparison

Course MSc Hydrography MSci (Hons) Ocean Science
Award Master of Science - MSc Integrated Master of Science - MSci (Hons)
Duration 1 year 4 years
Course type Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time
Placement - (+ optional placement)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Biological and Marine Sciences School of Biological and Marine Sciences
Entry requirements

You will need a 2:1 or above degree in survey, technology or science. You may still be acceptable without recent formal qualifications - enquire about your suitability.

If you are interested in following the programme on a part-time basis you're encouraged to contact the programme leader.

If you have overseas qualifications you can check your comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5.

A Level
128 points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels including Grade C in at least one relevant subject: Hard Science- Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Mathematics, Physics. Soft Science- Computer Science, Design and Technology, Electronics, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Marine Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics. Excluding General Studies.

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM in a relevant science subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Pass Access (Science), (including GCSE English and mathematics grade C or above or equivalent) with at least 36 credits at merit and/or distinction in science. If not science related Access please contact the admissions team at

International Baccalaureate: 28-32 points overall to include 5 at Higher Level in at least one relevant science subject (such as environmental science, geography, geology, biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics).

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.