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.
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The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
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
Typical entry requirements
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.
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- 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.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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).