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Geophysics and Geology (BSc)

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

About this course

This joint honours course will give you an expert understanding of the Earth, whether you want to go on to uncover new natural resources, shape climate change policy or lead offshore surveys. You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of how to use geophysics and geology to investigate the physical processes at work in, on and around our planet. You'll graduate with advanced skills that are in demand across science and industry.

The geophysical focus of this course includes exploration of the Earth's internal composition, oceans and atmosphere. Topics with a more geological focus include plate tectonics, rock formation and natural hazards.

You can specialise in a wide range of subject areas, including:

  • seafloor surveying and exploration

  • the Earth's long-term evolution

  • mantle-melting and the formation of volcanoes

  • oceanography

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 professional links across the Earth science industries

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 285.49 KB).

Location and awarding body

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

Transfer between courses

Subject to your grades, you can transfer to the MSci Geophysics and Geology course up to the end of year 2.