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Oceanography with French (MSci)

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

About this course

Explore ocean systems and habitats as you develop your knowledge of French with this 4-year integrated Masters degree. You'll study the science that seeks to understand the physical, chemical, geological and biological processes of this vast and fragile system. Your language component has been developed specifically for science students.

You'll spend 3 years based at the world-leading National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), and 1 year at the University of Bordeaux in France. Your year in Bordeaux will immerse you in the French language, and offers you a unique choice of units to broaden your skills and knowledge.

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

This degree has a wide range of practical applications, from predicting storm surges or tsunami, to environmental impact assessment.

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'll also undertake research projects with scientists at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 423.61 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Waterfront (NOCS) campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.