This degree in geophysics programme has been designed to provide comprehensive training in geophysics. The modular system will provide you with extensive knowledge of all of the fundamental aspects. You will have the opportunity to tailor your degree to your own requirements by choosing options in particular areas of the subject, ranging from seafloor exploration to tides and waves within the oceans, or studying the Earth from satellites, with further options available in maths, physics and archaeology.
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All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the 'How to Apply' tab on the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply including deadline dates or click here to go directly through to the UCAS website.
The Geological Society of London
A recent British Geophysical Association study identified geophysics as a subject area with considerable employment potential for talented graduates.
The programme has strong links to industry, through a combination of summer placements, one year industry placements and the opportunity to undertake research work on real industry data in year three.
The National Student Survey 2015
- 96% geophysics students agreed or strongly agreed that staff are good at explaining things
- 100% geophysics students agreed or strongly agreed that the library resources and services are good enough for my needs
- 98% geophysics students agreed or strongly agreed that they have been able to access general IT resources when needed
“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
Typical entry requirements
ABB grade A levels or equivalent, to include Maths and Physics.
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- 15-20 (overall intake across all Geophysics courses)
- Average applications per place:
We will consider your geophysics degree applications as soon as possible after it arrives at the University. In selecting applicants, we use the information provided on the UCAS form to determine whether you have the potential to flourish within Ocean and Earth Science.
Candidates who are predicted to attain our standard degree offers will be invited to visit the University and the waterside campus. During this visit, you will meet with one of our academic staff to discuss the offer and explore how your interests and aspirations fit with the course. This formal interview also gives us the opportunity to get to know you.
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.
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Typical course content
Within the modular system, this geophysics degree programme will allow you to develop your interests in broadly applying physics to the study of the Earth or other planets.
Innovation modules outside your subject area
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".
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Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
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To ensure that a through grounding in the basic sciences is obtained, in year one students take physics, geology and mathematics modules. All modules are compulsory.
Four optional modules must be chosen from the lists below.
The third year includes five modules in core Geophysical topics, with a wide range of options for the other modules. Two optional modules must be chosen from the lists below. You may choose to do a more traditional solid earth geophysics degree, or to include a significant emphasis on oceanography, climate, or planetary and solar system science.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).