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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonUndergraduate study

F7F8 BSc Oceanography with Physical Geography (3 yrs)

Studying the sciences of both the ocean and the land will give you the knowledge and skills needed to embark on a wide range of scientific careers.

Introducing your degree

This is the course page for BSc Oceanography with Physical Geography at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Oceanography with Physical Geography 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 BSc Oceanography with Physical Geography.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

Programme Overview

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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.

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

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

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

ABB grade A levels or equivalent, to include Geography and one other science from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Maths Environmental Studies or Physics.

Other qualifications:

Please click here to find out about other qualifications.

English Language Requirement

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 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.

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 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".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

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.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

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).

Career Opportunities

Studying the sciences of both the oceans and the land gives you the knowledge and skills required to pursue a range of scientific careers.

Many of our oceanography degree graduates 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 the mining sector.

Careers in mainstream journalism or specialist scientific publishing are also attainable for graduates with degrees in oceanography with physical geography.

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 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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Highfield campus

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