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Oceanography with Physical Geography (BSc)

Award
Bachelor of Science
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Full-time
Campuses
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton), Highfield
UCAS course code
F7F8

About this course

Explore how our oceans are changing and the effects on marine ecosystems. Oceanography helps us understand and address some of the key environmental issues we face today. You’ll have access to the latest technology, which includes: molecular biology, high-powered computing and robotic sampling.

You’ll study at the world-leading National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), and use cutting-edge facilities, such as our geochemistry and coral reef laboratories. Our teaching staff are experts in a wide range of research areas, including:

  • offshore renewable energy

  • conservation of species and ecosystems

  • the ocean’s role in climate change

Around 25% of the course will be Physical Geography, the rest will focus on Oceanography. You’ll study topics such as:

  • chemistry and biology of marine environments

  • Arctic and alpine geomorphology

  • sea floor surveying

Fieldwork and research are major parts of the programme. This includes experience aboard the Callista, our purpose-built research vessel, where you’ll use modern instruments and sampling methods. At the end of year 2, you'll take a 10-day field course in Falmouth or Plymouth.

You’ll develop professional skills that are ideal in the expanding environmental sector. These include qualifications in first aid and sea survival techniques. This course will prepare you for a wide range of careers, including:

  • oceanographer

  • environmental consultancy

  • ocean and climate research

  • coastal engineering and management

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

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 418.76 KB).

Location and awarding body

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

Transfer between courses

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.