Doctorate Degrees in Marine Biology

Compare 5 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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Ph.D. in Marine Science (MarS)

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Campus September 2018 Saudi Arabia Thuwal

The Marine Science (MarS) Program takes advantage of KAUST’s location on the Red Sea, a living laboratory with great potential for exciting science. The program addresses the biology and ecology of the multitude of marine life forms. There is an intentional focus on the local Red Sea system, both as a primary study system and as a system with which general concepts from other marine systems can be compared. [+]

PhDs in Marine Biology. ABOUT THE PROGRAM The Marine Science (MarS) Program takes advantage of KAUST’s location on the Red Sea, a living laboratory with great potential for exciting science. The program addresses the biology and ecology of the multitude of marine life forms. There is an intentional focus on the local Red Sea system, both as a primary study system and as a system with which general concepts from other marine systems can be compared. The goal of the Marine Science Program is to develop an integrated understanding of the Red Sea’s ecosystem as well as marine ecosystems in general, including fundamental biology at the molecular and genomic levels, symbiosis with algae and prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea), associated communities of fish and corals and the physical and chemical environment that impacts and shapes them. This understanding could have an impact on global carbon cycling, endangered species and how we manage the harvesting of resources from the Oceans. Ph.D. DEGREE ... [-]

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Universidade da Coruña
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2018 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. [+]

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.... [-]


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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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.... [-]


PhD in Aquatic Health

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Aquatic Health is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of specialization. [+]

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Aquatic Health is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of specialization. A Ph.D. in Aquatic Health is a pure science-based research study that requires candidates to demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution at the frontiers of the discipline of specialization.

The PhD in Aquatic Health demands a very high level of intellectual, theoretical and practical specialized science knowledge and insight into problems related to the field of study and of the application of advanced experimental methods and techniques of the modern research, as well as of fundamental scientific and academic values in generating, processing, interpreting and presenting research data orally and in written form.... [-]


PhD in Hydrological and Oceanic Sciences

National Central University
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 Taiwan Taoyuan

Founded in 2001, the Institute of Hydrological Sciences (IHS) provides opportunities in research and education in three major areas: global hydrological cycles, hydrosphere environmental sciences, and information-technology based hydro-hazard mitigation. [+]

Founded in 2001, the Institute of Hydrological Sciences (IHS) provides opportunities in research and education in three major areas: global hydrological cycles, hydrosphere environmental sciences, and information-technology based hydro-hazard mitigation. Through analysis, observation, and multi-scale modeling, the IHS seeks to investigate various processes and phenomena crucial to the environmental sustainability pertaining to the hydrological cycle, including climate change, land-ocean-atmosphere interactions, precipitation processes, surface/subsurface hydrology, coastal ocean processes and aquatic biogeochemistry. IHS welcomes domestic as well as international collaboration, which is much needed for attacking research topics of regional to global scale. Currently, IHS has seven full-time faculty members with diverse but solid backgrounds and offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs.... [-]