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Geophysical Sciences (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton), Highfield
UCAS course code

About this course

Apply your interest in physics to discover how the Earth works. At Southampton, 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.

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 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

  • take field courses in the UK and abroad, where you'll design and carrying out your own surveys

  • benefit from our many links to geophysics and geology companies

This course 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.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 406.85 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) in Southampton and Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.

Transfer between courses

Depending on your grades, you can transfer to MSci Geophysics up to the end of year 2 or MSci Geophysics with Study Abroad at the end of year 1.