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 is part of 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 give you the skills and knowledge to operate at the very cutting edge of research, to prepare you for future employment and to instil in you 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.

A world-leading research centre

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 programmes allow you to choose pathways that provide specific academic and vocational training depending on your intended direction.

A supportive study environment

We recognise the diverse needs of our postgraduates, and provide a focused approach to meeting those needs at every level.

Working with leading academics

You will work with leading academics who are experts in their field and have the opportunity to pursue research that has a real impact on society.

World-leading research

Through our world-leading, interdisciplinary research we focus on scientific excellence with impact.  Ocean and Earth New Boundaries is our new annual research magazine demonstrating the high impact, ground-breaking research happening here at Ocean and Earth Science Southampton.

Research Impact

Would you like to know more about the way our research is helping meeting the needs of industry, influencing policy and changing practice internationally? We have produced a selection of videos that highlight the high impact research happening at our waterfront campus. Find them on each of our impact pages.

Why Southampton?
  • A dynamic learning community with over 700 undergraduate students and around 75 PhD researchers

  • We are one of the Top 15 research universities in the UK

  • Ranked 73rd in the World university rankings

  • Top 20 in both the Guardian and Complete university guides

View PG Prospectus online

View PG Prospectus online

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Key facts
  • 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.

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

Andrew Oliphant, PhD student