The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonUndergraduate study

F700 MSci Oceanography (4 yrs)

If you are looking for a professional career in the marine sciences, then this integrated masters degree in oceanography is the programme for you.  Over four years, you will gain an extensive and in-depth knowledge of contemporary oceanographic science, and develop a broad range of sophisticated laboratory and field skills and techniques.

Introducing your degree

This is the course page for MSci Oceanography at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Oceanography and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MSci Oceanography.

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Overview

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Initially you will learn how the fundamental sciences of oceanography interact within the marine environment. Later, more emphasis will be placed on focusing your knowledge of specialised subject-specific marine science. You will develop your practical skills in the laboratory and on board our research vessels. There is also a dedicated oceanography field course and research-orientated independent projects.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

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.

Accreditation

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

Key Facts

Our international standing and the location at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton provides an excellent learning environment

Includes research training and practical fieldwork and an individual advanced research project in your fourth year

The National Student Survey 2015

  • MSci Oceanography scored an overall satisfaction of 100 %
  • 93% of our MSci Oceanography students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching on their course
  • 100 % of our MSci Oceanography students were satisfied or very satisfied that the course was intellectually stimulating
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“The knowledge and skills provided by my degree at NOCS have proved essential for starting a career in marine sciences.”

Julie Doran - MSci Oceanography

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB grade A levels or equivalent, to include two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Maths, Environmental Studies, Geography or Physics.

Other qualifications:

Please click here to find out about other qualifications.

English Language

For details of our English Language entry requirements please see here

Selection process:
Intake:
50 (overall intake across all Oceanography courses)
Average applications per place:
4

We will consider your MSci Oceanography 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 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.

Contextual Offers

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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Over four years, you will gain an extensive and in-depth knowledge of contemporary oceanographic science, and develop a broad range of sophisticated laboratory and field skills and techniques.

If your programme allows you to choose free electives, you can also take a credit bearing language module. These are split into seven stages, from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. Please consult with your home department as to any regulations concerning module options.

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.

Year 1

You will take 6 compulsory modules which will enable you to place oceanography in a global context plus a mathematics module from either SOES1010, MATH1004 or MATH1008 dependent on your mathematical background. You will take one further option modules across the two semesters, subject to pre-requisites and timetabling.

Semester One

If you have the International Baccalaureate, Standard Level Maths at grade 6 or higher you may consider selecting MATH 1004. If you have Standard Level Maths below grade 6 you should select SOES1010. If you have A-Level qualifications then please click the individual module below for further advice. If you are uncertain then please contact the Programme Leader.

Compulsory
SOES1003
IT communication, field and laboratory skills
SOES1005
Introduction to ocean biogeochemistry
SOES1008
Earth and ocean system
Optional
SOES1010
Quantitative Earth and Ocean Science
MATH1004
Introductory Mathematics for Chemists and Oceanographers
MATH1008
Introduction to Mathematical Methods
SOES1001
Earth materials
BIOL1010
Macromolecules of Life
CHEM1037
Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry I for Biological, Earth, Marine, Environmental, and Physical Scientists
GEOG1001
The Earth System
ARCH1057
The development of archaeological and anthropological thought

Year 2

You will continue to acquire knowledge of a broad range of oceanographic topics from multi-disciplinary modules and those focussed on single-subject sciences as well as from the tutorial programme.  If you had studied SOES1010 or MATH1004 in year 1, you must take SOES2028 plus one other option. If you had studied one or both of MATH1008 & MATH1009 in year 1, then you can choose two other options across the two semesters, which may include MATH2015 if both MATH1008 & MATH1009 were taken. One of these may be a designated module from Archaeology, Biological Sciences or Physics subject to timetabling and meeting any pre-requisites.

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

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.

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Funding

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.

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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.

Career Opportunities

A degree from NOCS will give you true global reach as you look for a rewarding career.

Many of our graduates with degrees in oceanography go on to pursue further qualifications at doctoral or research Masters level in fields such as environmental sciences, water quality management, environmental resource management, environmental coastal engineering, exploration geophysics, seismology, fisheries, marine pollution and mining.

Julie Doran, a graduate of MSci Oceanography, is now a marine scientist with Sea Star Survey Ltd. She explained: “My work is wide-ranging and includes offshore work as a field environmental scientist (which includes grabbing, trawling, water sampling and drop-down camera work), coastal hydrographic survey, laboratory analysis, data processing/interpretation and reporting. The knowledge and skills provided by my degree at NOCS have proved essential for starting a career in marine sciences.”

Learning & Assessment

Ocean and Earth Science is strongly committed to providing the very best learning experience to all our students in a friendly and stimulating environment. We are known nationally and internationally for our excellence in teaching, and are continually improving the scope and delivery of our activities

On arrival at the University all MSci Oceanography degree students are assigned a personal tutor from the academic staff, who provides help and encouragement throughout the degree course and beyond, into industrial or academic careers and research opportunities. Each degree programme is a stimulating mix of lectures, practical classes, field work and tutorials, supported by computer-aided learning, and independent study. You will acquire an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles and modern concepts within your chosen subject, as well as a good personal and transferable skills profile. The fully modular course structure allows you maximum flexibility for specialisation according to your own interests.

As part of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS), Ocean and Earth Science has a strong research-led world reputation. Cutting-edge research carried out by academic staff provides direct and enthusiastic input into a challenging and stimulating teaching programme. There is unique opportunity for students to undertake research projects with other NOCS-division scientists.

Study Locations

NOCS (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)

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