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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Michelle Barnett MSci Marine Biology

Interviewed as a second year student

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Hi, I'm Michelle Barnett and I studied MSci Marine Biology within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Things I enjoy most about studying at the University of Southampton are the quality of facilities provided for students, along with the good atmosphere, which makes working more enjoyable.

When researching universities for marine biology courses, the University of Southampton quickly became my first choice, as its marine biology degrees covered a diverse range of exciting topics that would allow me to obtain a broad knowledge, covering the physics, biology and chemistry of the oceans. Additionally, it rapidly became apparent, in my opinion, that the University was the leader in the field of marine biology, as well as having outstanding facilities and excellent teaching.

Once at University studying modules of the BSc Marine Biology with Oceanography course, it was so thoroughly enjoyable that I quickly decided that I wanted to change on to the Master of Marine Biology course.

Things I enjoy most about studying at the University of Southampton are the quality of facilities provided for students, along with the good atmosphere, which makes working more enjoyable. Also, the range of activities that are available such as clubs and volunteer work makes university life more fulfilling.

I consider my course/department to have many strengths, the main one being firstly the balance of theory and practical learning. Secondly, many of the lecturers that teach the course are leaders in their field. Thirdly, the National Oceanographic Centre Library is one of the best in the country and is a valuable asset to the department. Lastly, the course covers all aspects of the marine sciences ie biology, chemistry and physics, while providing valuable qualifications such as first aid, which puts graduates in a good position to tackle the job market.

Southampton has superb social and sporting facilities that are easily accessible due to the efficient public transport system and vast network of cycle paths. Also, much of the student accommodation and housing seems to have excellent tertiary sector services, ranging from grocery stores, to medical surgeries nearby. Southampton is a dynamic, and vibrant city, with something to appeal to everybody. It feels like a good place to be living and studying. 

There are many areas of marine biology that are particularly interesting to me so I have not been able to narrow down my plans in terms of a specific future career path. At this point in time my plans are simply to enter the marine job sector at the end of my degree, while I am also juggling the idea of going into postgraduate study after my undergraduate degree.

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