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F702 MSci Oceanography with study abroad (4 yrs)

This oceanography degree programme provides the opportunity for excellent students to spend their third year of study at a top university abroad, most likely in the US.

Introducing your degree

This is the course page for MSci Oceanography with study abroad at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Oceanography with study abroad 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 with study abroad.

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You will follow the usual MSci Oceanography degree programme in your first and second year then go on to study abroad at the overseas university to take an exciting variety of advanced modules during year three. The fourth year will see you back at Southampton, although opportunities for a summer research collaboration with new colleagues may certainly be explored.

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.


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

Key Facts

Current partners include the University of Washington and Miami University in the United States. Complementary modules with an international dimension

Places on this programme are strictly limited

The National Student Survey 2015

  • In the NSS 2015 oceanography scored an overall satisfaction of 91%
  • 91 % oceanography students agreed or strongly agreed that staff are good at explaining things
  • 94 % oceanography students agreed or strongly agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating
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“Two of my greatest passions have always been the sea and travel. The Masters of Oceanography program with a year abroad has given me the opportunity to pursue both of these interests while studying at some of the most renowned research institutions in the world.”

Zachary Mazlan - MSci Oceanography with study abroad

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-level

A*AA grade A levels or equivalent from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Maths 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:
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. As a ‘study abroad' applicant, this formal interview must take place before we can make you an offer.

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.


Typical course content

Over four years on this degree in oceanography, 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 module 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 MATH1004. 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.

IT communication, field and laboratory skills
Introduction to ocean biogeochemistry
Earth and ocean system
Quantitative Earth and Ocean Science
Introductory Mathematics for Chemists and Oceanographers
Introduction to Mathematical Methods
Earth materials
Macromolecules of Life
Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry I for Biological, Earth, Marine, Environmental, and Physical Scientists
The Earth System
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 MATH1009 & MATH1008 in year 1, then you can choose two options across the two semesters, which may include MATH2015. One of these may be a designated module from Archaeology, Biological Sciences or Physics subject to timetabling and meeting any pre-requisites.

Year 3

You will spend your third year studying abroad, currently study is undertaken at the University of Washington. For administative purposes, students are enrolled on SOES3044 and SOES3043 which "houses" modules taken at Washington. More detailed information on the specific modules you will be taking will be provided nearer the time.

Semester Two
Marine science study abroad 2

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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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

Career Opportunities

Today the search for meaningful employment is fiercely competitive. Any additional experience in the subject area of your degree, such as a period of study in the USA, can be especially relevant and could help you to stand out when it comes to applying for jobs.

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, remote sensing, hydrogeology, mining geology, mineral resources, engineering geology, basin analysis and hydrocarbon exploration.

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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