Physical Oceanography is the study of the dynamics and thermodynamic of the ocean. Processes explored by physical oceanographers can range from the spreading of near shore pollution over days to changes in the global climate over millennia. At its heart is the study of the mathematical equations that describe fluid flow, and how these are used in the context of the ocean.
UNSW is unique in Australia in that an Honours in Physical Oceanography is offered within the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Teaching and projects are led by academics who are both practitioners of Physical Oceanography but also experienced educators in the mathematical sciences. UNSW thus offers a unique bridge for graduates of numerate fields (mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering etc.) to enter Physical Oceanography.
Students are expected to complete the equivalent of 5 courses (totalling 30 units of credit), one of which can be completed outside the school, and to complete an honours project (worth 18 units of credit).
For other information about doing Honours in Physical Oceanography and specific entry requirements see the UNSW handbook.
Honours Coordinator - Physical Oceanography
Dr Shane Keating
Phone: +61 2 9385 7071
Office: Room 2081, Red Centre (Centre Wing), UNSW
Other projects are possible, and you should contact any potential supervisors to discuss your options.