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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Emma Whelan MSci Marine Biology, 2013

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Coming to the University of Southampton to study marine biology seemed to be the obvious choice for me. It is undoubtedly one of the top places in the UK to study marine science disciplines and I enjoy learning at NOCS where cutting-edge research is taking place around us. Despite having a wide interest across many scientific disciplines I decided to study marine biology at Southampton as the course provides an extensive overview of the marine biological, chemical and physical systems taking place within the oceans, which I believe will make me a lot more employable after graduating.

The teaching staff are friendly, professional and always willing to help. Their enthusiasm and expertise in the subject radiates in lectures. I feel they are not just helping us to get a degree but to create a career.

In the summer after my first year, I stayed in Southampton to work at the NOCS to help collect data on jellyfish digestion rates and continued to work the following summer to allow me to widen and develop my practical skills as much as possible.

The teaching staff are friendly, professional and always willing to help. Their enthusiasm and expertise in the subject radiates in lectures. I feel they are not just helping us to get a degree but to create a career.

Southampton is a lively student city, where everything is in walking distance. There is a real community feel within halls, my course and the University as a whole. The uni-link bus system makes getting between campus, halls, the city centre and sports grounds easy.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Southampton and wish it could have gone on for longer! At present I am an Analyst and Management Consultant ay KPMG.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Southampton so far, and don’t want the next two years to go as fast as the last two have.

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