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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Rachel Boschen MSci Marine Biology

Interviewed as a third year student

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

The experience gained from my course has secured me internships abroad at the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Centre at the University of New England, Maine and at the NOCS working with ChEss.

Ocean and Earth Science’s close association with the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) was a considerable attraction for me, as it gives access to all kinds of exciting and innovative research. The course is extremely varied, giving an excellent grounding in the marine environment before allowing specialisation in marine biology. The lectures combine classical marine science with new, often in-house, developments within the subject. The Waterfront Campus is perfectly located with access to the docks and University research vessels, which are frequently used in fieldwork allowing students to apply their knowledge.

The experience gained from my course has secured me internships abroad at the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Centre at the University of New England, Maine and at the NOCS working with ChEss (Chemosynthetic Ecosystems Science). Careers events and exhibitions held at the NOCS have helped me expand my network of contacts within the marine field. Involvement with the Marine Life Talk Series at the NOCS, both as a speaker and now as organiser and host, has allowed me to communicate my passion for the marine environment to the public. I have also been involved in the Discover Oceanography program on the University’s research vessels and the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme.

There are also opportunities to be a scientific diver with NOCS-diving, which has been an excellent experience, developing my underwater surveying and marine species identification skills. The course at Southampton University also offers some fantastic fieldtrips including shore ecology in Dale, oceanography in Falmouth and tropical marine ecology in Bermuda.

Southampton is a very varied city with numerous shops and restaurants, bars and clubs. There are several venues for live music, a couple of theatres and art exhibitions. The public transport system is excellent, enabling easy and cheap travel around the city, with numerous parks and green spaces to play sports or just enjoy the fresh air. The Southampton University Students' Union (SUSU) is very active with clubs and societies to suit everyone.

After I have finished my MSci, I would like to go on and do a PhD, preferably in deep sea, possibly even at University of Southampton.

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