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Geophysical Sciences (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Waterfront (NOCS), Highfield
UCAS course code

About this course

Focus on the discovery and future sustainability of our planet’s resources. 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 be working across many scientific disciplines, including:

  • mathematics

  • physics

  • astronomy

  • geography

  • 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:

  • seafloor exploration

  • tides and waves

  • studying the Earth from satellites

As part of this course you can:

  • take optional modules from our Mathematics, Physics and Archaeology courses

  • study in a world-leading research institution, National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS)

  • access superb, industry-standard facilities, including the National Oceanographic Library and 150 laboratories

  • design and carry out your own surveys during residential field courses in the UK and abroad

  • gain career benefits through 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 (NOCS) in Southampton and Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.