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SOES3043 Marine Science Study Abroad 2

Module Overview

The module is studied abroad. Currently, MSci Oceanography with Study Abroad students go out to Washington, MSci Oceanography with French to Bordeaux-1 and MSci Marine Biology with Study Abroad to Wilmington.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe regional oceanographic features studied at the host institute.
  • Evaluate these within the context of both regional oceanography around Britain and global oceanography.
  • Appreciate the taxonomic relationships, comparative physiology and ecosystem lifestyles of communities found in the region of the host institute.
  • Evaluate the factors which control the population dynamics of local species.
  • Use various protocols involved in experimental design, data evaluation and report writing.


Students will build on their Southampton background to develop advanced interest and knowledge in a range of oceanographic and marine biological topics. Depending on personal preference there is a wide variety of elective options available from our exchange partners. All students are expected to undertake Directed Independent Research modules. In all cases, there will be a rich variety of lecture and lab-based training, covering general and global topics as well as specialised topics that reflect the specific expertise or region of the host institute. In addition, there will be field-based practical training, covering general techniques as well as topics specific to the expertise of the host institute. Recognising that the students undertaking this course will be some of the best in SOES we will, together with colleagues in our partner institutions, endeavour to develop a stimulating and challenging curricular best suited to the students’ interests and ambitions.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to study in a different cultural environment and to receive instruction from research leaders at a top University. The partner institutions have an excellent reputation for teaching in the Marine Sciences and these methods include: - Formal lectures by research leaders - Practical and Laboratory classes using state of the art facilities. - Fieldwork some courses will involve considerable components of field-based study, which will involve up to date techniques and deployment of state of the art field equipment. - Practical classes with expert supervision. Students studying abroad for both semesters will be expected to undertake a research project. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

Independent Study440
Total study time600



MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 100%
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