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:
ocean and climate research
coastal engineering and management
This degree is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
- Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton), Southampton
- Highfield, Southampton
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.