Beyond a common core of basic marine science, you may decide to specialise either in chemical, physical or geological aspects of oceanography or to follow a broader general pathway that gives you a fully interdisciplinary approach to ocean science. You will develop the scientific knowledge and challenging skills required to fully understand marine processes from waves, tides and ocean currents, through to sediment transport, the chemical composition of seawater, phytoplankton blooms, fisheries and marine mammals.
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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 research project in your final year
The National Student Survey 2015
In the NSS 2015 oceanography scored an overall satisfaction of 91%
94 % oceanography students agreed or strongly agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating
96 % oceanography students agreed or strongly agreed that the library resources and services are good enough for my needs.
“My time at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton allowed me to express my interests in the environment by providing opportunities to study, learn and experience different scientific disciples and techniques.”Nigel Fisher - BSc Oceanography
Typical entry requirements
ABB 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 BSc 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 the BSc Oceanography course, you will gain an extensive knowledge of contemporary oceanographic science and develop a broad range of sophisticated laboratory and field skills and techniques.
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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You will take 6 compulsory modules which will enable you to place oceanography in a global context. Two modules can be selected from the option lists, along with modules from Archaeology and Physics.
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 FIVE from the following options. You will also undertake an independent research project.
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).