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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Martin  Wood MSci Geology

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Hi, I'm Martin Wood and I studied MSci Geology within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) at the University of Southampton.

Since coming to the University I have essentially experienced exactly what I was promised - the course has been challenging and diverse, and as an added bonus has made me highly employable!

Geology is above all else a diverse experimental science, it has allowed me to indulge my tendency to pick haphazardly at whatever unusual subject might take my interest. It was all of the interesting parts of Geography, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc, without the boring social bits about tourism in rural villages and how building roads affects a country’s demographics.

When I was told that a lot of the course would involve running around the countryside with a hammer, some acid and a hand-lens, I was sold. Southampton University boasted a greater number of trips than most other places and a number of financial incentives. With the promise that a lot of the trips would be abroad and that most geologists end up working outside of the UK, I ultimately signed up for that experience.

Since coming to the University I have essentially got exactly what I was promised - the course has been challenging and diverse, and as an added bonus has made me highly employable, something I wasn’t thinking about when I started university, but nice to know. Among other trips I've spent six weeks running up and down mountains in the North of Spain making extensive maps and collecting fossils, and a week in Tenerife examining an active volcano by use of hammer and boot.

The lecturers are all leading researchers, and in my experience have taken an active interest in the progress of their students, I’m currently doing fiddly jobs in the geochemistry labs for one of them to pass the summer. The university itself is teeming with people and societies, my proudest achievements so far being to learn to juggle and to sword fight (fencing).

The city itself has been a pretty comfortable home for the last three years, it’s got lots of housing, pubs and clubs geared to student budgets. Having the Isle of Wight and the New Forest so close by gives me plenty of chances to get out of the city when I feel the need, camping after exams usually, and Bournemouth for the beaches a short train ride away.

Once I’ve got my degree, I haven’t decided yet whether to look for work in the mining industry in Australia (preferably minerals and metals) or to go into further study and try to earn a PhD, preferably related to Volcanics and if I’m lucky involving lots of travel and field work.

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