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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

International Links

Southampton is a truly international university with a global reputation for excellence in leading-edge research. Many of our research and teaching staff have worked outside the UK and others have chosen to come here from other countries. We have established many teaching and research links with key oceanographic and Earth science institutions all over the world.

We are a founding partner in the Worldwide Universities Network, which means that our students have excellent opportunities for exchange experiences with other leading institutions across the world.

Five of our undergraduate masters programmes include periods of study abroad during year three and we have links with several US universities with particular strengths in Earth science or oceanography, including Pennsylvania State University, the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, the University of Miami and the University of Washington. We also run joint degree programmes with Universities in Spain, France and China.

In addition to these partner universities, many of our postgraduate students also spend time abroad working at institutions such as the University of California, San Diego (Scripps Institute of Oceanography).

We have research links across the globe, with our staff and students collaborating with research partners abroad on international projects that address the most challenging scientific questions and pressing societal needs of our age.

Our research

Our researchers collaborate worldwide to advance and communicate understanding of how the Earth and its oceans function as dynamic global systems. The outputs of our work feed into international policy and we transfer knowledge, skills and successful technologies around the globe.

Research conducted by University of Southampton scientists at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, draws together the strengths and expertise of the UK marine science community and raises the international visibility of the UK marine science base.

We have established exchange schemes with prominent universities around the world for PhD students.

The site for collaborative research with the British Antarctic Society
The Rothera Base, Antarctica

The World University Network

WUN aims to foster collaborative research links with other leading international universities. Member universities have established the Global Exchange programme to increase the opportunities for young researchers early in their career and postgraduate students to engage in international collaborative research and to experience different research environments. Awards (a maximum of £10k each over two years) are given for research visits to partner American universities.

Details of the programme are available on the WUN website. For information on how to apply and more, visit the University's WUN page.


The Woods Hole Exchange Programme

This programme is administered by the Graduate School at NOCS (GSNOCS) and has been running for over ten years with one or two places available for a three month visit. This exchange scheme is typically most suited to students towards the end of their second year of PG study.

For this programme you can suspend your registration and grant, and be given a living allowance for your time in the USA. Although there are no restrictions on what you propose to research, proposals that appear to yield the most added scientific value to your planned PhD project will be considered most favourably.

The European Exchange Programme

This programme is administered by GSNOCS and has been running for over four years with one or two places available for a three-month visit to any European institution. This exchange scheme is typically most suited to students towards the end of their second year of PG study.

There is no restriction on what you propose to research or at which European Institution you wish to work, but the proposal should be viewed as a component of your PhD project work; hence you are not expected to suspend your registration during this time.

Gillings Graduate Exchange Programme

This programme is administered by GSNOCS and was established in 2009 by funding from Dr Dennis and Joan Gillings. The exchange is with the University of North Carolina Wilmington for a three month visit. This exchange scheme is typically most suited to students towards the end of their second year of PG study.

There are no restrictions on what you propose to research. Your proposed project can be a component of your PhD project work (for which you would not need to suspend your registration) or a new research initiative (for which you can suspend your registration).


Standard application procedure for programmes administered by GSNOCS

1. You are expected to contact your target researchers at their institution and negotiate a possible project

2. Write a short, one or two page proposal (not exceeding 700 words) to GSNOCS detailing:

3. You will also need a statement (a paragraph) from your supervisor in support of your application. Confirmation from your proposed exchange supervisor, confirming you would be welcome if successful, will be advantageous to your application

4. Applications are to be submitted to the Graduate Student Office by emailing no later than Friday 22nd January 2015 and will be reviewed by a panel consisting of staff. Evaluation criteria will include:

5. A small number of the proposals will be short listed, and additional information will be sought (either written or verbal)

6. A final decision will be announced in February/March 2016.

At the end of the exchange visit, a short 1-2 page report must be submitted to GSNOCS.


Photo of Patrick Martin
I enjoyed plenty of opportunities for going to sea to do fieldwork, both on British ships and, via international collaborations, on foreign ships.

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