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Oceanography (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)
UCAS course code

About this course

Discover the science of the oceans at the world-leading National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). Our Oceanography degree seeks to understand the physical, chemical, geological and biological processes of this vast and fragile system. This degree has a wide range of practical applications, from predicting storm surges or tsunami, to environmental impact assessment.

You'll develop a strong background in general oceanography, as well as having the opportunity to specialise in topics that interest you.

Southampton will give you more fieldwork opportunities than many other universities. In your first year, you'll be trained in first aid at sea, sea survival and small boat handling so that you can work offshore during vacation periods, or when you qualify. At the end of your second year, you'll attend a 10-day residential field course in Falmouth or Plymouth. 

As part of your degree, you can work onboard 1 of our 3 research vessels to boost your boat work and laboratory skills:

  • RV Callista (22m research catamaran)

  • RV Bill Conway (15m research launch)

  • Sextant (7m, suitable for shallow sampling)

You can switch to the MSci Oceanography course (combining undergraduate and postgraduate study) if you obtain the right marks in your first and second years.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 409.83 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.