Doctorate Degrees in Marine Biology

Compare 4 PhD Programs in Marine Biology

Marine Biology

A PhD is the abbreviated form for Doctor of Philosophy, but the title can indicate that its recipient has completed advanced study in any field, from business to botany. This type of degree is typically pursued after a bachelor’s and master’s degree. The program may include a variety of high-level courses as well as independent research and a doctoral thesis.

What is a PhD in Marine Biology? This course of study focuses on the biology, physiology, neurology, habits and behaviors of marine organisms. It may also investigate their interaction with their ocean environment. Students may investigate oceanography and its related subjects as they seek to learn about the animals that inhabit the sea. At the doctoral level most students will already have begun to pursue a specialty and may continue to distinguish themselves in a particular subfield of marine biology as they complete their studies and research.

Completing a PhD program can have many benefits. Few students achieve this advanced level of study, and graduates may outshine their competition for coveted jobs and career distinctions. This type of program can also foster critical thinking, problem solving and research skills.

A PhD program may be completed in a few short years of full-time study, but a student may take much longer if he or she continues to work while studying part-time. This is not necessarily detrimental, as professional experience is also valuable. The cost of a program will vary from one institution to another, but may increase the longer a student takes to graduate.

Many graduates of a PhD program are seeking a role in academics. They hope to become full-time professors, passing their knowledge and passion along to graduate and undergraduate students. They may also join a private or government research institution where they can continue to work and conduct research in their specialty, or in the ecology, physiology or biochemical characteristics of a particular species. Some graduates work primarily indoors while others spend a good deal of time in or near the water. Most spent time in a variety of environments. 

Marine biology is a fascinating field with many career possibilities. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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* Marine Marine Science, Technology And Management's Official Doctoral Program

Universidade da Coruña
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2017 Spain A Coruña + 1 more

The objective of the Doctorate program is to train the best professionals and researchers in the field of Science, Technology and Sea Management in their different economic and social applications, to generate research of quality and international impact and to provide industry with the best Tools to improve their competitiveness on a global scale. [+]

PhDs in Marine Biology. Introduction This PhD program was born within the Campus of International Excellence Campus as the aspiration of the three Galician universities and those of the north of Portugal (Aveiro, Minho, Tras os Montes e Alto Douro), the CSIC and the IEO, Create a postgraduate offer with global vision and multi-year planning, international and cross-border, that attracts students of different nationalities who consider the clustering of institutions created around the Campus do Mar as the preferred destination for training at the doctorate level. Why study the degree The objective of the Doctorate program is to train the best professionals and researchers in the field of Science, Technology and Sea Management in their different economic and social applications, to generate research of quality and international impact and to provide industry with the best Tools to improve their competitiveness on a global scale. What is learned DO * MAR includes research lines that cover the four research clusters (and 12 areas of specialization) of CEI Campus do Mar: Cluster of R & D Ocean Observation and Global Change . Areas of Expertise: Ocean Observations; Global Change. Cluster of R & D Sustainable Use of Marine Resources . Areas of expertise: Resource Management and Use; Aquaculture; Transformation and Valorization. Cluster of R & D Integral Management of the Sea . Areas of specialization: Environmental Analysis and Assessment of the Coastal Zone; Coastal Planning; Coastal Protection and Maritime Safety: Engineering and Regulation. Cluster of R & D Technological Progress, Engineering and... [-]

PhD in Marine Environmental Science

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2018 Hong Kong

The PhD program seeks to train students in original research in Marine Environmental Science and to cultivate the independent and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful research career in environmental science. [+]

The Environment has been degrading at an alarming rate mainly due to the unsustainable development and the unsustainable use of natural resources. Although environmental conservation has developed significantly over the past few decades, environmental problems have been evolving both in terms of nature and scale. Methods of resolving many environmental problems remain controversial. The PhD program seeks to train students in original research in Marine Environmental Science and to cultivate the independent and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful research career in environmental science. Students are required to attend and present seminars, undertake coursework and conduct thesis research. Students must also pass a qualifying examination and a successful defense of a thesis is required. Research Foci The Environment Science Programs have three main research themes as follows: Air and Water: Includes their relation to climate change. Environmental Change: Studies investigate on regional and local scales, and explore their global effects and implications. Economic and Social Impact: The effect of and solutions to environmental problems. Admission Requirements i. General Admission Requirements Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree should have: obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification; ii. English Language Admission Requirements You have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments*: TOEFL-iBT 80 TOEFL-pBT 550 IELTS (Academic Module) Overall score: 6.0 and all sub-scores: 5.5 *If your first language is English, and your bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction... [-]

Doctorate In Oceanography

Université du Québec à Rimouski UQAR
Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Rimouski Lévis

The doctorate in oceanography aimed at training independent researchers, able to work in the forefront of oceanography, contributing, according to a multidisciplinary approach to the advancement of basic and applied knowledge related to marine environments. [+]

PhDs in Marine Biology. The doctorate in oceanography aimed at training independent researchers, able to work in the forefront of oceanography, contributing, according to a multidisciplinary approach to the advancement of basic and applied knowledge related to marine environments. The research project and the courses help to deepen their knowledge in one of four areas of specialization: chemical oceanography; biological oceanography; geological oceanography; Physical Oceanography. Program Structure The oceanography doctoral includes the writing of a dissertation of 75 credits to deepen a subject in a research field of oceanography, which focuses on the study of marine environments (coastal, estuarine and oceanic) and the interactions between biological components, chemical, sedimentological (geological) and physics of these marine systems. Research areas physical oceanography Physicists are interested in the movement of water depending on various factors, like the tide, winds, changes in freshwater flow, as well as changes in space and time. Their research particularly affect: Waves of training; the salinity gradients and density; temperature variations; the energy exchange between the air and the sea; turbulent areas of training; related phenomena between the ocean and the temperature (global climate change, El Niño, hurricanes and typhoons); etc. chemical oceanography Chemists are interested in chemical processes in water and marine sediments. Their research particularly affect: the origins and fate of the chemical constituents of ocean water; chemical reactions that occur in the marine environment; the effects of contaminants (organic or not) and their distribution; gas exchange between the atmosphere and the ocean; etc. biological oceanography Biologists... [-]

Maritime Resource Management PhD

Université du Québec à Rimouski UQAR
Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Rimouski Lévis

The doctorate in marine resource management form experts who contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a field related to the optimal use of resources and the marine environment, public policy models or mechanisms of decision making in this sector. [+]

The doctorate in marine resource management form experts who contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a field related to the optimal use of resources and the marine environment, public policy models or mechanisms of decision making in this sector. These managers must have a thorough knowledge of the social and economic characteristics of the maritime environment and an understanding of the interactions between these characteristics and those of the environment. Targeted audience Maritime Resource Management PhD is for candidates with varied profiles (natural sciences, law, economics, geography, management) holders of a research master. Program Structure The doctorate in marine resource management includes the writing of a dissertation of 60 credits on a particular topic related to the management of maritime resources. Research areas Fisheries sector management capacity in the fisheries sector Economy Aquaculture and Fisheries remote sensing technologies and environmental management and resources Finance and business planning for marine biotechnology Fish stock assessment and public management of fisheries and marine wildlife Public Management and Policy of invasive alien species Optimization of the fishing industry Etc. Chain management of the coastal and marine environment International trade and environment social and economic impacts of marine pollution policies of taxation and subsidies in natural resource industries undetected illegal fishing (IUU) fishing in the territorial waters of developing countries Links between ecotoxicology and socio-economic impacts nonmarket valuation methods for environmental goods and measure environmental impact public coastal management Comanagement in the management of coastal zones and natural resources Marine Reserves and spatial management... [-]