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Oceanography with Physical Geography (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton), Highfield
UCAS course code

About this course

The unique combination of subjects in this degree will develop your understanding of our marine environment and how it interacts with the Earth's processes. You'll have access to the world-leading National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), and graduate with the expertise to build a career in environmental consultancy, coastal engineering, marine biology, university research, and more.

You'll explore environmentally important topics such as ocean currents, fisheries, marine mammals, earth systems and land application. At least 25% of your modules will be in physical geography, and you'll choose from topics such as earthquakes and river basin management. 

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 get to use cutting-edge facilities, such as our geochemistry labs and coral reef laboratory.

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.

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.