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Oceanography degrees

Students onboard RV Bill Conway
Students onboard RV Bill Conway

Oceanography is the science that studies physical, chemical, geological and biological processes within the Earth's oceans. The oceans cover over 70 per cent of the Earth's surface and are fundamentally important to the human race as a source of food, energy, and minerals.

Oceanography has a diverse range of practical applications including predicting storm surges or tidal waves that threaten coastal regions, studying the processes that cause beach erosion, assessing how offshore engineering affects the environment and managing fisheries for long-term sustainability.


A degree in oceanography and ocean chemistry will give you an understanding of a broad range of scientific disciplines, and how different aspects can be integrated to study a complex system. The mix of quantitative and descriptive areas is highly-prized by many different employers outside of marine science, as well as being increasingly important for subject-specific employment.


Professional Accreditation

Marine Biology and Oceanography programmes are accredited by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). Current students can apply for Student membership (SIMarEST) and once graduated have the option of several types of membership depending on their career path or interest, these include: Affiliate, Elective Member, Associate Member, Member or Fellow.


Why study oceanography at Southampton?

RV Callista

RV Callista

Purpose built vehicle for teaching and research


Fieldwork opportunities

The development of skills in the field is a crucial component of our degrees, as well as being one of the most challenging and rewarding.

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