On this degree in oceanography with physical geography you can choose modules to create a programme that matches your particular scientific aptitude and interests. Beyond a common core of basic marine science and a structured choice of modules offered by Geography, you can pursue biological, chemical, physical or geological aspects of oceanography. This will give you the opportunity to acquire high-level scientific skills while learning about the diverse and complex phenomena that are found in the ocean and their interactions with processes on land.
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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 Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
Benefit from two of the University's most research-rich academic disciplines and acquire graduate-level, transferable scientific skills
The National Student Survey 2015 (NSS)
- 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
- 96 % oceanography students agreed or strongly agreed that the library resources and services are good enough for my needs
Typical entry requirements
ABB grade A levels or equivalent, to include Geography and one other science from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Maths Environmental Studies or Physics.
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English Language Requirement
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- 50 (overall intake across all Oceanography courses)
- Average applications per place:
We will consider your 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 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. 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 three years, you will gain an extensive core knowledge of the two main subjects, plus the opportunity to follow up your own interests in more depth.
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 7 compulsory modules, plus a mathematics module from either SOES1010, MATH1004 or MATH1008 dependent on your mathematical background.
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.
In your second year, you will expand your knowledge of relevant areas. There are three compulsory modules, plus a choice of three oceanography and two geography modules across the two semesters. If you studied SOES1010 or MATH1004 in year 1, you must take SOES2028 as one of your oceanography options.
In your final year, you will take two compulsory modules, plus two options from each discipline. You also undertake an independent research project across the two semesters.
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).