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. You'll spend a year abroad at one of our partner institutions and boost your employability.
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:
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:
our unique seafloor surveying module
You'll spend a semester at one of our partner universities abroad, including the USA, Norway, Netherlands and Australia. You can experience a new culture, teaching approach and different modules.
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.
This course is based at Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) and Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
Within the modular system, this Geophysics degree will let you develop your interests, and apply physics to studying the Earth's systems or even other planets.
In your third year, you will study a variety of advanced modules at one of our partner institutions abroad. You'll return to Southampton to complete your studies in your fourth year.
A major part of all our degree programmes is the research project. Students can collaborate with their former overseas host university for their project.
Year 1 overview
You'll gain the core mathematical knowledge needed for geoscientists, and skills for scientists in general. You'll examine:
the earth and matter
You'll have a choice of optional modules.
Year 2 overview
You'll extend your knowledge and skills through fieldwork. You'll study structural geology and get an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Optional modules will let you follow your own interests from classical mechanics to a deep exploration of oceanography. You can also study structural geology and the origin, structure and composition of igneous and metamorphic rocks.
Year 3 overview
You'll do your third year at one of our oversease partner institutions. Options include:
Pennsylvania State University, United States
University of Bergen, Norway
James Cook University, Australia
You'll study a variety of advanced modules, which often focus on research methods and fieldwork.
During the summer holiday before year 3, you'll complete a Geophysics field course.
Year 4 overview
You'll undertake an individual research project on a topic of your choosing. A member of staff will help you decide on a topic and give you ongoing supervision.
You'll also choose from a range of specialised optional modules.
The Barrel Award module is a team project to compete in an international competition. It is organised by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- classes and tutorials
- individual and group projects
- independent learning (studying on your own)
You’ll be supported by a personal academic tutor and have access to a senior tutor.
Timothy Henstock is the course leader.
There is a shortage of geophysicists around the world, so you'll be well placed to gain employment with a wide variety of global companies when you graduate. This could include roles such as:
traditional energy exploration
offshore surveys for wind farms
assessing hazards related to submarine cables
Unique modules such as Seafloor Surveying will give you skills that are in high demand for offshore engineering work, such as wind farms and cable installation.
As a graduate of this geophysics with year abroad integrated master's you'll be prepared to work in areas such as:
marine geophysical survey
The degree is also a good foundation for study and research at postgraduate level.
We host an annual careers fair at the National Oceanography Centre. It is attended by over 25 key employers all looking for Southampton graduates.
Careers services at Southampton
We are a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
work experience schemes
CV and interview skills and workshops
careers fairs attended by top employers
a wealth of volunteering opportunities
study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture and our dedicated start-up supporter, Futureworlds, is open to every student.
Work in industry
You’ll have the opportunity to take a paid year in employment between your second and third year.
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £20,970.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fees pay for the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
Find out how to:
Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
Bursaries, scholarships and other funding
If you're a UK or EU student and your household income is under £25,000 a year, you may be able to get a University of Southampton bursary to help with your living costs. Find out about bursaries and other funding we offer at Southampton.
If you're a care leaver or estranged from your parents, you may be able to get a specific bursary.
Get in touch for advice about student money matters.
Scholarships and grants
You may be able to get a scholarship or grant that's linked to your chosen subject area.
We award scholarships and grants for travel, academic excellence, or to students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Support during your course
The Student Services Centre offers support and advice on money to students. You may be able to access our Student Support fund and other sources of financial support during your course.
Funding for international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
When you apply use:
- UCAS course code: F661
- UCAS institution code: S27
What happens after you apply?
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- predicted grades
- academic achievements
- personal statement
- academic reference
We aim to respond to you within 2 to 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
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