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Geophysical Sciences (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
3 years
Course Type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) and Highfield
UCAS Course code

About this course

Apply your interest in physics to discover how the Earth works. At Southampton, BSc Geophysical Sciences is a wide-ranging degree, which combines many disciplines. We have strong links with industry, excellent facilities and offer many fieldwork opportunities. You'll graduate with the knowledge and skills that companies value.

This course is subject to revalidation for 2022 entry.

Geophysics is the science of applying physical principles to help us understand our world. You'll work across maths, physics, and geology, and can take modules in astronomy, geography, and archaeology.

At Southampton, you'll learn about current geophysics and gain a range of geophysical, geological and mathematical skills. These include practical field skills and computer programming.

You can choose module options dedicated to particular areas, such as:

  • our unique module in seafloor exploration

  • tides and waves

  • mantle melting and the formation of volcanoes

  • environmental impact assessments

As part of this geophysical science course you'll:

  • study at our pioneering research institution and waterfront campus, the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS)

  • use our modern, industry-standard, labs and teaching equipment, including the National Oceanographic Library

  • benefit from our many links to geophysics and geology companies

This geophysical sciences degree is accredited by The Geological Society of London. This means that our teaching is of the highest quality and has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists.


Course locations

This course is based at Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) and Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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