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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.

The main campus at our partner UC San Diego.
The main campus at our partner UC San Diego.

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.

Our undergraduate masters programmes offer students the opportunity to apply to spend one semester during their third year at several US universities including Pennsylvania State University, the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, the University of Miami, University of California San Diego (Scripps Institute of Oceanography), Humboldt State University and the University of Washington. In Europe students can spend an exchange semester at ETH Zurich, University of Bergen, University of Gothenburg, University of Bremen or University of Las Palmas. We also run joint degree programmes with Universities in Spain, France and China.

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.

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

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.

Scientists from around the world are involved in supervising our PhD students and we have established international PhD exchange schemes with several prominent universities and research institutes via GSNOCS.

Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)

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. The Global Partnerships Award, when available, provides for research visits to any of the WUN 22 member universities. The GPA offers a maximum of £5k for students/ ECRs to carry out site visits and collaborative projects.

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 each year 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 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.

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