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.
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The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
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
“The knowledge and skills provided by my degree at NOCS have proved essential for starting a career in marine sciences.”Julie Doran - MSci Oceanography
Typical entry requirements
AAB grade A levels or equivalent, to include two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Maths, Environmental Studies, Geography or Physics.
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- 50 (overall intake across all Oceanography courses)
- Average applications per place:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
You will have the opportunity to specialise further, and will choose FOUR from the following options.
A major part of your final year will be an extensive individual research project that will develop your competency as a professional marine scientist. TWO options are chosen from the following list.
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).