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Oceanography (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
3 years
Course Type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)
UCAS Course code

About this course

On this BSc Oceanography degree you'll study marine ecosystems and ocean processes whilst you explore some of the remotest places on earth. You’ll learn to use the latest technologies in molecular biology, high performance computing and robotic sampling to address the key challenges facing the marine environment.

Join one of the largest marine science communities in Europe as you study at the world-leading National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS).

On this course you’ll study topics such as:

  • conservation strategies for vulnerable species and ecosystems
  • ocean currents, globally connecting tropics to poles
  • changing sea levels at our coasts, on timescales from hours to centuries

Fieldwork, practical skills and independent research are core parts of this programme. You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • work in the field aboard the research vessel the RV Callista
  • use laboratory analysis to examine our diverse marine environment
  • develop computing and data analysis skills essential for research
  • obtain qualifications in first aid and sea survival

After developing a range of key skills for oceanographers in your first and second years, you’ll tackle an advanced topic of choice for a dissertation in your third year.

Our BSc Oceanography programme will provide you with the professional-level skills that are ideal for a career in the expanding marine sector, or for progression to more specialised postgraduate study.

You’ll gain the guidance, support and expertise of researchers at the forefront of their fields, and graduate prepared for a career in industries like:

  • environmental consultancy
  • ocean and climate research
  • coastal engineering and management

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).


Course location

This course is based at Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton).

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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