This integrated masters MSci Geophysics degree programme could see you study abroad, spending your third year at a top US university, such as Pennsylvania State, at one of the powerhouse Earth science departments. You will undertake the usual MSci Geophysics degree programme in years one and two, then following your summer geophysics field course, you will enrol at an overseas university to take an exciting variety of advanced modules. This will also provide you with an opportunity to study in a continent with a very difficult geological history to the UK.
After your foreign placement your final year will be spent back at Southampton, following a slightly modified form of the MSci Geophysics year four. There may also be opportunities for a summer research collaboration with new colleagues from your overseas university.
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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.
Complementary modules with an international dimension. Current partners include the University of Washington, United States. Please note that places on this programme are strictly limited.
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
Typical entry requirements
A*AA grade A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in Maths and Physics, and one of the following subjects: Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry or Geology.
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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. As a ‘study abroad' applicant, this formal interview must take place before we can make you an offer.
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, the MSci 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 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.
Currently, the third year is undertaken at one of our overseas partners, which include Pennsylvania State University, the University of Bergen and James Cook University. For administrative purposes, students are enrolled on SOES3044 and SOES3043 which houses modules taken at this University. More detailed information on the specific modules you will be taking will be provided nearer the time.
During the summer vacation prior to Year 3 the students will complete SOES3021 Geophysics Field Course.
You will take two compulsory modules, including the Advanced Independent Research Project in order to ensure you have a full geophysical education. You also take up to three optional modules, depending on modules taken during the third year.
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.