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Oceanography (MSci)

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

About this course

Our 4-year MSci Oceanography programme explores the subjects covered on our BSc degree more deeply. You'll develop your research skills as you study the physical, chemical, geological and biological processes of the ocean. You'll have access to the world-leading National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), and graduate with the expertise to build a career in environmental consultancy, coastal engineering, marine biology, university research, and more.

Our MSci programme allows you to develop more research, computational and quantitative skills than is possible in a 3-year degree. You'll engage with cutting-edge research, and choose modules from a wide range of undergraduate and master's level options.

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.

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 your degree you can:

  • work on-board 1 of our 3 research vessels: a 22m research catamaran, 15m research launch, and 7m Sextant

  • undertake research projects with scientists at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton

  • study topics like tropical storms or polar oceanography at a partner institution abroad, if you achieve top grades in your first year

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 425.48 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Waterfront (NOCS) 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.