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Geophysics (MSci)

Integrated Masters degree in Science
Length of course
4 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Waterfront (NOCS), Highfield
UCAS course code

About this course

At Southampton, Geophysics is a wide-ranging degree, which combines many of the sciences. We have strong links with industry, excellent facilities and offer many fieldwork opportunities. You'll graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in anything from oil and gas exploration to offshore surveys.

Geophysics is the science of applying physical principles to help us understand our world. It works at the intersection of many different science 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.

This wide-ranging course is one of only a few in the UK that combines terrestrial and marine geophysics.

You can shape the course to your personal interests or career plans by choosing options that explore subjects like:

  • climate change

  • physical oceanography

  • hydrocarbons

  • our unique seafloor surveying module

Depending on your grades, you can apply to study abroad 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 can:

  • 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

  • develop your mapping skills, geophysical survey experience, data acquisition and analytical techniques on residential field courses in the UK and abroad

  • benefit from our many links to geophysical and geological companies

Accreditation by The Geological Society of London 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, 417.08 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.

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.