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Oceanography with Physical Geography (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
3 years
Course Type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) and Highfield
UCAS Course code

About this course

Explore how our oceans are changing and the effects on marine ecosystems on our BSc Oceanography with Physical Geography degree. 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.

This course is subject to revalidation for 2022 entry.

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. Ocean science degrees 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).


Course locations

This course is based at Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) and Highfield.

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 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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