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Geophysics and Geology (MSci)

Integrated Masters degree in Science
Length of course
4 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)
UCAS course code

About this course

Learn how the Earth developed and discover the physical processes at work in, on and around it. This course builds on the BSc by giving you the chance to carry out both a geology mapping project and a geophysics research project. You'll graduate with advanced skills that are in demand across science and industry, whether you want to go on to uncover new natural resources, shape climate change policy or lead offshore surveys.

You'll work across several science disciplines and explore subjects such as:

  • volcanology - the study of volcanoes, lava, magma and related phenomena

  • plate tectonics

  • hydrocarbons

  • current and past climate change

You’ll also develop a range of geophysical, geological and maths skills. These include practical field expertise and computer programming.

Depending on your grades, you'll have the chance to study abroad for a semester at one of our partner universities. There you'll take specialist modules and projects that are not available in the UK.

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, 294.6 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

You can transfer onto the 'Study Abroad' course pathway at the end of the first year. Places are limited to students who achieve the highest grades in the year 1 exams.