The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton


When you graduate from Ocean and Earth Science you will become part of the University’s global community of over 183,000 alumni.

Our network spans the globe and includes alumni in a variety of careers and pursuits. Our friends include industry, foundations and individuals, who partner with us to advance our educational efforts.

Whether you would like to learn more about alumni benefits or are interested in our work, we encourage you to contact us or visit us at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton. We welcome the involvement and support of our global community of former students and friends.

Where are they now?

Find out what our alumni have to say about their time at Southampton and what they are doing now.

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“Studying geology at Southampton provided me with an excellent skills base to handle both the theoretical and practical demands of my job. The numerous fieldwork units undertaken during my degree have been of particular value as much of the work takes place out of the office. ”

Hannah Goswell - MSci Geology
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Your degree from Ocean and Earth Science means that you have been taught well and gained a sound base from an internationally recognised institution to build upon in your chosen career.
James Adcock - BSc Geophysical Sciences
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A great thing about studying at NOCS is its reputation; which means major companies know they can come and find high quality students for future employment.
James Alderman - MSci Geophysics
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I gained most of the important skills needed for a research career in marine science: lab experience, at-sea experience, analytical experience, writing experience as well as managing my time and thinking independently and creatively. I had two great supervisors that passed lots of great opportunities my way as well as nurtured me professionally. Also being affiliated with two research institutions meant that I had a large professional network, which was of great assistance when I was looking for postdoctoral positions.
Diva Amon - MSci Marine Biology, 2009; PhD Ocean and Earth Science, 2013
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Having a degree in Oceanography from the NOCS has granted me access to unique and prized experiences
Shanta Barley - MSc Oceanography
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My future career possibilities within the geological industry are now seemingly endless, all thanks to the building blocks established during my four years at Southampton. I would recommend the MSci Geology course to any highly motivated student seeking a geological career.
James Barnet - MSci Geology
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I place a lot of my success down to the excellent teaching at Southampton and I am very pleased that I chose to go there; it was definitely the right choice for me!
Antony Benham - BSc Geology
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The knowledge gained on my course was a great advantage in my later studies in meteorology at MSc and PhD level
Alec Bennett - BSc Geophysical Sciences
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Being at NOCS meant that you could be learning about marine biology in one of the best research centres in the country with access to all the facilities and labs, facilitating practical work and the ability to learn useful analysis skills
Sarah Birchenough - Master of Marine Biology
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I chose Southampton partly because of its reputation as the best place to study marine biology/oceanography in the UK and partly because of the excellent facilities and staff.
Emma Collins - BSc Marine Biology with Oceanography
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Antarctic Studies was my chosen final year dissertation topic, which gave me grounding in Antarctic science and helped me get my current job.
Emma Cross - MSc Marine Biology
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The knowledge and skills provided by my degree at NOCS have proved essential for starting a career in marine sciences.
Julie Doran - MSci Oceanography
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Geophysics is still a very unique degree with very few graduates in the UK. It gives a big advantage when applying for a job as you almost always stand out.
David Eastwell - BSc Geophysics
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Having all the lecturers and support staff in one place was helpful and the facilities at NOCS are very well organised for the degree programmes
Alex Elliott - MSci Geophysics
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My days in Southampton are still very important to me. Not only has my course shaped my subsequent career (I still dig out my lecture notes occasionally) but also because even as an undergraduate the University encouraged me to become an active member of the marine science community.
Liam Fernand - BSc Oceanography with Physics
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Ocean and Earth Science has helped me get to where I am today and will continue to aid me in the future. I would recommend Southampton to anyone with an interest in geology. I have friends who have completed geology degrees at other universities throughout the UK and I honestly believe that the staff, teaching, facilities and opportunities provided by Southampton are some of the best in the country.
Christine Fildes - MSci Geology
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My time at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton allowed me to express my interests in the environment by providing opportunities to study, learn and experience different scientific disciples and techniques.
Nigel Fisher - BSc Oceanography
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Studying geology at Southampton provided me with an excellent skills base to handle both the theoretical and practical demands of my job. The numerous fieldwork units undertaken during my degree have been of particular value as much of the work takes place out of the office.
Hannah Goswell - MSci Geology
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Studying at NOCS was such a fulfilling experience; you are surrounded by such a supportive, vibrant community of scientists, with leading researchers always willing to share their vast experiences and knowledge.
Rebecca Green - Masters of Science in Oceanography
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I decided upon Oceanography after studying my undergraduate degree in physics. I did not want to study the physics of the very small or very large as a postgraduate, and wanted to do something more applied and tangible.
Thomas Haine - PhD Oceanography
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I am now head of all geophysical activities within a marine surveying company, overseeing all training, development and technical aspects. One of my most notable achievements is suggesting a new survey technique only 6 months into the job - it is now one of the company’s most successful survey techniques.
Richard Hamilton - MSci Geophysics
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My studies and experiences at Southampton shaped my future massively as it gave me the skills employers were looking for.
Ben Hannam - BSc Geophysics
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Studying at NOCS was an enriching experience – I had access to, and interactions with, some of the leading professionals in the field of oceanography, encompassing all disciplines from geophysics to marine biology
Melanie Hanvey - MSci Oceanography
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Much of what I learned while studying at Southampton applies to my sailing. Weather patterns, ocean currents and seabed topography were just a few of the subjects covered in depth during my time there.
Will Harris - BSc Oceanography with Physical Geography, 2015
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My MSci in Marine Biology gave me the opportunity to study in a diverse set of locations! I worked with complex underwater scanners to analyse the marine environment while directing a 50ft research vessel off the coast of Cornwall. I worked in Bermuda in a secured underground rock pool with over 100,000 upside-down jellyfish! I also spent time in Dale Fort, Wales and Falmouth in Cornwall. What better way to learn about tropical biology than to swim with tropical turtles in Bermuda?! What other degree in the world lets you do that?!
Josh Hasdell - MSci Marine Biology, 2015
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I am now working as a seismic processor - the company I work for has projects all over the world, with plenty of opportunities for advancement in my career.
Edward Henden - BSc Geophysics
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I am confident that was it not for my time at Southampton, I would not have had the knowledge and enthusiasm that had enabled me to pursue a career in geology.
Gareth Jenkins - BSc Geology
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I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Southampton and would recommend it to anyone thinking about studying ocean and earth sciences.
Joanna Jones - MSci Marine Biology
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Studying for an MSc in Oceanography led directly into both the technical career I have pursued ever since as well as influencing my writing
Kate Kelly - MSc Oceanography
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There are so many advantages about studying in Southampton, especially for the marine sciences.
Matthew King - BSc Oceanography
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The flexibility of my MSc course allowed me to initially follow a general pathway and later specialise in geological and marine geophysical courses
Helen Miller - MSc Oceanography
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While my MSc gave me the skills I needed to successfully pursue a PhD in marine science, it also gave me a really broad knowledge base in oceanography, which has been incredibly valuable. It also gave me valuable skills to work across diverse teams.
Raeanne Miller - MSc Oceanography, 2009
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I wouldn’t be the photographer I am today without my time at Southampton.
Alex Mustard - BSc Oceanography with Marine Biology
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Without my time at the University of Southampton I do not think I would be where I am now, and I am very proud to say that I was part of the 2005 Master of Geology family. I would recommend, and have recommended, Southampton to anyone with an interest in geology.
Alexander Neufeld - MSci Geology
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My time at Southampton has helped me immensely in my career, both through enabling me to stand out as an applicant and providing me with the skills necessary to do my job.
Rob O'Brien - MSci Oceanography
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Studying at the NOCS was truly an invaluable experience for my career in research.
Siri Ofstad - MSci Oceanography
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The NOCS community as a whole has a wealth of knowledge and experience of working with industry, which has developed very good relationships that continue to help students after graduation.
Simon Oldfield - MSci Geology
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I chose Southampton as Geology had one of the highest employability rate for geology graduates out of any of the top universities.
Henry Onslow - BSc Geology
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Due to the National Oceanography Centre’s and the university’s reputation as a world-renowned research institution and centre of excellence in teaching, many projects involve work which is completed in close collaboration with and are part- or fully-funded by industry.
Urval Patel - MSci Geology
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I chose geology because, as a discipline, it is an enormously diverse mix of the sciences. The combination of chemistry, biology, geography, oceanography, physics, mathematics and the occasional bit of creative thinking makes geology a unique subject to study at university.
David Pickering - BSc Geology
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This course helped me prepare for employment by tailoring certain modules to be nearly identical to the work I now undertake on a regular basis.
Tristan Pridham - MSci in Geophysics
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I like working at the interface between industry and academia, and am currently undertaking research for a commercial abalone farm in South Africa on the high density culture of the commercial sea cucumber Holothuria scabra in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS).
Georgina Robinson - BSc Marine Sciences with French
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I hold all my career achievements up as being a direct result of my BSc and MSc from the University of Southampton and I have often lauded the benefits of geology as a degree when I give evidence in court and when giving my many presentations to students, members of the legal profession and the general public.
Anna Sandiford - BSc(Hons) in Geology (1988-1991), MSc in Micropalaeontology (1992-1993)
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Since joining Stratex International in January 2010, I have worked as an Exploration Geologist and Project Geologist looking for gold and base metals in Ethiopia and Djibouti. Southampton was a perfect place to learn both academic and industry-related aspects of my degree - I would definitely recommend studying at Southampton to anybody looking for a career in Earth Sciences.
Ben Saunders - MSci Geology
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The Masters of Geology course at Southampton has been a massive help in getting me to where I am today, and I’m sure it will continue to benefit me for the rest of my career.
Colin Saunders - MSci Geology
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I was initially drawn by the National Oceanography Centre's reputation as the leading marine institute in the country. However, it was only upon visiting the centre that I was convinced I wanted to study there.
Alex Thomson - Master of Marine Biology (Integrated)
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As an undergraduate, the opportunity to learn from and develop associations with scientists at the forefront of their fields is a major benefit of the NOCS degree programmes
Matt Tiahlo - MOcean
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Studying at UNCW provided me with a more rounded marine biology degree, modules at Southampton provide both oceanographic understanding behind biological processes and general ecology.
Phillip Turner - MSci Marine Biology with study abroad
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I decided to study Oceanography because of my love for the sea and my desire to understand better how it worked. I wanted to travel and learn about the world. When my friends were heading off on gap years to hot sunny places, I decided that where I really wanted to go was the Arctic. I also decided that the best way to get there was to do a degree in a subject that might take me there. It clearly was, because ten years on, I'm a Polar Oceanographer working for the British Antarctic Survey. I've been on three Arctic cruises (one whilst still an undergraduate on the MOcean course), three cruises to the NE Atlantic and I've spent two months working on an ice shelf in Antarctica. I wouldn't change it for anything
Emily Venables - MSci in Oceanography
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After a year in the tourism industry in the Turks and Caicos Islands, I was headhunted by the Department of Environmental and Coastal Resources to manage the artificial reef projects in place, to salvage threatened corals in the area.
Lucy Wells - BSc Marine Biology
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The Geology Degree at Southampton certainly prepared me for working in a range of challenging and diverse roles, and the fieldwork element of the course provided an ideal induction to working in the outdoors, in often difficult environments and under pressure. The course also provided the opportunity to develop and refine essential ‘soft’ skills, core to any job.
David White - BSc Geology
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I enjoyed my time at the NOCS. It was such a friendly and encouraging atmosphere, and it was a great place to be based, with its excellent facilities and teaching standards.
Laura Wicks - BSci Marine Biology with Oceanography

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