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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Becky Hampshire MSci Oceanography

Interviewed as a third year student

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Hi, I'm Becky Hampshire and I studied MSci Oceanography within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

After extensive research and plenty of university open days the only oceanography course that jumped out at me was at the University of Southampton.

Having always wanted to study something a bit different at university, which would give me the potential for a unique and exciting career prospect, I decided that studying oceanography was the way to achieve this. After extensive research and plenty of university open days the only oceanography course that jumped out at me was at the University of Southampton. The main reason for this was the fact that the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) is one of the world’s leading institutions for oceanographic research, with lectures given by scientists involved in new developments in understanding the oceans. For me this is one of the strengths of studying oceanography at the University of Southampton. Not only do you graduate with a degree from a highly accredited institution but in doing so you gain an extremely wide range of practical skills through extensive lab and boat work.

There are lots of opportunities to gain valuable work experience while studying at the University of Southampton. I was able organise work experience with the FerryBox Project during the summer vacation. This involved assisting on a four-day cruise aboard the Pride of Bilbao collecting real-time salinity, temperature and fluorescence data in the Atlantic. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience being able to put the theory I had learnt in lectures into practise, as well as improving lab skills and getting an insight into the research that goes on at NOCS.

Southampton is an excellent city to live in while studying at university. At first I was a bit apprehensive about moving to a large city coming from a small village, however I settled instantly. There are lots of things to do and places to go.

Once I have successfully completed my masters degree I hope to go into a career where I am involved in new research. A specific area of interest to me is the development in understanding of the effects of ocean acidification and I would therefore like to find a career involving this.

An excellent city to live in
An excellent city to live in
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