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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Natasha  Phillips MSci Marine Biology, 2012

Marine Biology PhD student at Queen's University Belfast

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I really enjoyed my time at Southampton; particularly the variation of topics the course covered and the first year field course. This included sea survival techniques in the pool and practising manoeuvring RIBs, through to seafloor mapping techniques and weather prediction.

Choosing a marine biology degree was very simple for me as it is all I have ever wanted to do. As the best university in the UK for marine sciences, with fantastic resources and internationally renowned scientists lecturing, the University of Southampton was the only choice for me.

However the hands on approach is not just restricted to field courses, as there are many opportunities to apply the theories learnt in lectures in practical classes. My favourite practicals included examining and sketching marine invertebrate specimens and creating a tsunami track, plotting times and heights of waves across the entire Atlantic and assessing potential damage.

Such experiences are not limited to the timetable either, as work experience opportunities can be very exciting.  I was fortunate enough to be involved in a study of the environmental impacts of a mussel farm in Portland Harbour for English Nature.

Choosing a marine biology degree was very simple for me as it is all I have ever wanted to do. As the best university in the UK for marine sciences, with fantastic resources and internationally renowned scientists lecturing, the University of Southampton was the only choice for me.

I am now a Marine Biology PhD student at Queen's University Belfast.

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