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F7R1 MSci Oceanography with French (4 yrs)

If you are interested in both science and languages, this degree in oceanography with French offers an ideal introduction to a career in Europe as it includes a year's study of oceanography at the University of Bordeaux.

Introducing your course

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

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In preparation, the University's Language Centre has devised a language component especially for scientists, which will comprise 25 per cent of your degree. You will study a common core of basic marine science, and then you may choose to specialise in chemical, physical or geological aspects of oceanography or follow a broader general pathway that gives you a fully interdisciplinary approach to ocean science.

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

Dedicated language teaching provided by the University's Centre for Language Study is geared to your ability

The National Student Survey 2015 (NSS)

  • 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

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-level

AAB grade A levels or equivalent to include two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Maths, Environmental Studies or Physics. A level French is preferred  but at least grade A GCSE (or equivalent) French is required.

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:
50 (overall intake across all Oceanography courses)
Average applications per place:

We will consider your application for this degree in Oceanography with French 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. 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.

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Typical course content

Beyond a common core of basic marine science, you may choose a pathway either to specialise in chemical, physical or geological aspects of oceanography, supported by appropriate foundation science modules, or to follow a broader general pathway that gives you a fully interdisciplinary approach to ocean science.

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 5 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 also study a French language module (FREN9089 + 9090 or FREN9010 dependent on your French language background).

Semester One

If you have the International Baccalaureate, Standard Level Maths at grade 6 or higher you may consider selecting MATH 1004. If you have Standard Level Maths below grade 6 you should select SOES 1010. 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

Year 2

During the second year you will continue with a common core of modules extending your knowledge of physical, chemical and biological oceanography, marine sedimentation and estuaries. The French language component in the second year is geared towards preparing you for the following year spent in Bordeaux.

Semester One

If you studied SOES1010 or MATH1004 in year 1, you must take SOES2028, otherwise you take one option from the lists. For the French language element, you will study either FREN9010 or FREN9011.

Coastal and estuarine oceanography I
Further Mathematics for Oceanography
Mathematical Methods For Scientists

Year 3

The third year is undertaken at the University of Bordeaux-1. For administrative purposes students are enrolled on SOES3044 and SOES3043 which 'houses' modules taken. More detailed information on the specific modules you will be taking will be provided nearer the time.

Semester Two
Marine science study abroad 2

Year 4

You will select ONE option from a number of advanced courses in physical, chemical or biological oceanography or marine geology. One quarter of your time will be dedicated to an independent research project in which you follow a line of research and study on a topic of special interest to you. The French language component (FREN9011 or FREN9012) in the final year is designed to build on the experience of your year in France and hone your language skills.

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

Graduates of our National Oceanographic Centre are rightly perceived as having a greater degree of independence and self-reliance than comparable graduates from other institutions.

This degree in oceanography with French gives you enormous scope for career development with International oceanographic research projects, particularly those involving French-speaking countries worldwide.

Also there will be openings in government and commercial laboratories and agencies and in European industry. If you prefer to stay in academia there are many opportunities for scientific postgraduate study.

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 oceanography degree teaching programme. There is unique opportunity for students to undertake research projects with other NOCS-division scientists.

Study Locations

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