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Explore Blue Planet II

Have you been inspired by the BBC's Blue Planet II (Sundays, BBC One, 8pm)?

Find out about our academics' involvement in the series and how you can dive into the world of ocean and marine science.

Green turtle swimming - Copyright BBC
The University of Southampton is working to preserve marine habitats

We're creating a sea change

As world leaders in research and education in Marine and Ocean Science, the University of Southampton is tackling the most pressing scientific questions about our aquatic world – from the coast to the deep ocean.

Southampton graduates, turned academics, Dr Jon Copley and Dr Cathy Lucas were asked by the BBC to be scientific advisors on this latest Blue Planet series.

Here you can learn more about our oceans and join in the conversation @OceanEarthUoS.

Learn more about our oceans

In partnership with FutureLearn we offer a free online course, open to anyone who would like to find out more about our oceans.

We have timed the next course to coincide with Blue Planet II. Over four weeks you will be able to explore ocean biodiversity, life in the deep sea and how humans are impacting the deep ocean.


Take our free online course

Explore the oceans in this four week online course.

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What's it like to study our Blue Planet at Southampton?

Marine Biology field trip

Find out what life is like on a Southampton University Marine Biology field trip

About this course
Thumbnail photo of Elin Thomas, MSci Marine Biology, final year

“The Blue Planet series inspired me to follow a career in marine biology......[My] project is supervised by Dr Jon Copley, whose work on Yeti Crabs will be featured in the upcoming Blue Planet II series.”

Elin Thomas, MSci Marine Biology, final year
Thumbnail photo of Kieran Murray, MSci Marine Biology

“It is difficult to overstate the importance of the original Blue Planet on my generation's understanding of the Earth. The first time I had ever seen a deep sea creature was in the second episode of the first series, and 16 years later I'm studying deep sea ecology. ”

Kieran Murray, MSci Marine Biology
Student Kieran Murray

Read our student blog

After every episode of Blue Planet II our students Kieran and Elin will be blogging about the programme and relating it back to what they are learning on their course.

Prof Wiedenmann diving

The degrees we offer

Explore all our undergraduate and postgraduate degree opportunities in marine and ocean science.

Extend your knowledge of subjects covered in Blue Planet II

Dr Jon Copley

Dr Jon Copley podcast

Listen to Dr Jon Copley's' 'Catch of the Day' in the BBC's weekly Blue Planet II podcast.  

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Dr Jon Copley, scientific advisor Blue Planet II

Dr Cathy Lucas, scientific advisor Blue Planet II

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