What are the impacts of climate change likely to be? How accurately can we predict the spread of an oil spill? These are some of the many questions that oceanography tackles. Physical oceanography involves the measurement, modelling and prediction of processes that form the oceanic and atmospheric system. These processes range from waves and deep ocean currents to cyclones, dust storms and climate change.
At the undergraduate level you'll study mathematics and physics in our physical oceanography or advanced physical oceanography majors. Our postgraduate offering caters to graduates in science, engineering and related disciplines who are seeking advanced training in the theory and understanding of physical processes in the ocean.
In a time when environmental issues are of great concern, there are a number of career opportunities in physical oceanography including research, operations and management.
If you're passionate about the environment, studying science is a great way to have a meaningful impact through almost all disciplines. In addition to physical oceanography, you might be interested in studying biology, climate science, Earth science, ecology, environmental management, geography or marine & coastal science.
Gain research experience and enhance your career prospects with an honours degree. These programs are designed to connect your undergraduate study with supervised independent research. An honours degree also provides a pathway into further study, such as a Masters by Research or PhD. You can take honours as a standalone degree or as part of an embedded honours program.
Embedded honours program
Standalone honours program