If you are looking for a professional career in geophysics or quantitative Earth science, this is the programme for you. This four year MSci Geophysics degree will equip you with a broad knowledge of contemporary geophysics and a range of geophysical, geological and mathematical skills, including field skills and computer programming. These skills transfer readily into the world of work, and our students have been very successful in finding summer placements and subsequent employment in the geophysical industry.
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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
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 years three and four.
A recent British Geophysical Association study identified geophysics as a subject area with considerable employment potential for talented graduates.
The National Student Survey 2015
- In the NSS 2015 Geophysics scored 93% for ‘the teaching on my course’
- 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
“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
Typical entry requirements
AAB grade A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, to include Maths and Physics, one of which must be an A grade.
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- 15-20 (overall intake across all Geophysics courses)
- Average applications per place:
We will consider your MSci Geophysics degree application as soon as possible after it arrives at the University. In selecting applicants, we use the information provided on the UCAS form to dermine 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.
Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.
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Typical course content
Within the modular system, this MSci Geophysics degree programme will allow you to develop your interests in broadly applying physics to the study of different parts of the Earth systems 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 thorough grounding in the basic sciences is obtained, in year one students take physics, geology and mathematics modules. All modules are compulsory.
In Year 2 you will take three compulsory modules. Three optional modules can be chosen from the list below.
The third year includes five modules in core geophysical subjects, with a wide range of options for the other three modules. 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
You take three compulsory modules, including the Advanced Independent Research Project. You also take three optional modules.
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).
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Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
Explore funding opportunities
Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.