Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton


Postgraduate opportunities

World-class opportunities for postgraduate study

The Graduate School of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (GSNOCS) offers a wide range of postgraduate opportunities at both masters and PhD level.

The Graduate School of NOCS (GSNOCS) is part of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton, but works closely with the Natural Environment Research Council to offer first class research experiences for our students. There are almost around 200 research students within the Graduate School, with an annual intake of 40-45, and approximately 75 masters students, from all over the world, from  many scientific disciplines.

The goal of the Graduate School is to provide the best possible education for graduate students in ocean and Earth sciences, to provide students with the skills and knowledge to operate at the very cutting edge of research, to prepare students for future employment and to instil the motivation and ethos that breed successful careers. A good postgraduate education occurs through a number of complementary processes. The Graduate School strives to provide the best balance for its postgraduate students.

Find out more about our MSc and MRes postgraduate taught degree programmes.

A world-leading centre of excellence

Based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, you will have the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art laboratories.

Varied programme options

Our range of postgraduate taught and research options allow you to choose pathways that provide specific academic and vocational training depending on your intended direction.

High quality research and study opportunities

We are frequently recognised across the University and by external institutions and bodies for our high impact research and study oppotunities.

Working with leading academics

You will work with leading academics who are experts in their field.

Research Impact film

Would you like to know more about the way our research is helping meeting the needs of industry, influencing policy and changing practice internationally?  Find out how by watching our research impact film.

Our research magazine

Through our world-leading, interdisciplinary research we focus on scientific excellence with impact.  Ocean and Earth New Boundaries is our research magazine demonstrating our global impact.

Graduate School of NOCS
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Application process

We welcome applications from strong candidates throughout the year. However, please note that the interview process for admission in October begins in February, so you are advised to apply in advance of this date.

Government-funded bursary for PG

New government-funded bursary £10k available to 98 students at University of Southampton for 2015 entry. #PGBursaryscheme

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“Working with field-leading scientists who are passionate about their research makes NOCS an incredible place to study.”

Andrew Oliphant, PhD student