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Oceanography (MSci)

Integrated Masters degree in Science
4 years
Course Type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)
UCAS Course code

About this course

On this MSci Oceanography degree, you'll join one of the largest marine science communities in Europe. You'll address key environmental challenges facing our planet and study marine ecosystems and ocean processes. This includes the opportunity to explore some of the remotest places on Earth.

Go from classroom, to lab, to the field as you study at the world-leading National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). Our 4-year integrated master’s course will allow you to specialise through years 3 and 4, and to develop your research interests with experts in the field.

You’ll study topics such as:

  • coastal change, from beach dynamics to sea level rise
  • ocean currents, globally connecting tropics to poles
  • the physical and chemical controls on life in the oceans

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

  • choose an independent research project from the range of research that we cover
  • use modern instruments and sampling methods abroad our research vessel, the RV Callista
  • use laboratory analysis to explore the makeup of marine environments
  • develop essential computing skills for professional data analysis
  • obtain qualifications in first aid and sea survival techniques

You’ll gain the support, guidance and expertise of researchers at the forefront of their fields.

You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to follow a career in areas 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.

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