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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton


Develop your specialist knowledge in everything from deep ocean exploration to wildlife conservation or even evolution.

You’ll graduate with a degree from an outstanding institution with a global reputation. What’s more, students who graduate with a master’s degree from Southampton earn £5000 a year more on average than those with an undergraduate qualification only.*

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MSc Oceanography

You’ll be involved with research as it happens, contributing to today’s biggest global challenges such as: sea-level rise, ocean pollution, sustainable fisheries and deep-sea biodiversity.

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MRes Evolution

Understand the importance of evolution across all areas of life in the 21st Century. Take a field trip to the Galapagos to explore evolutionary biology.

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MRes Wildlife Conservation

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to become a 21st century conservation biologist. The degree is delivered with the NGO Marwell Wildlife.

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Environmental and Sustainability programmes

Choose from a selection of programmes taught by award-winning lecturers, which integrate theory-based learning with fieldwork. From waste management to ecosystem service, sustainability and biodiversity.

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Top 20 UK University**
Earn £5,000 a year more*
Unique waterside location
2nd for research intensity in ocean and earth science***
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I chose Southampton because it is world-renowned for ocean sciences, and one of the best places to study with access to leading scientists in the field. I have heard the scientific labs are exceptional, and I am looking forward to working in one when I finally determine a project.

Why Southampton?

Find out more about our rankings and reputation

*Based on University of Southampton graduates surveyed 6 months after graduation in the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey, 2016/17.

** Complete University Guide, 2020.

*** The research and excellence framework is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences ranked 2nd in the UK for research intensity in the latest REF (2014). 100% of our geography and environmental science research activity is rated as internationally excellent or of world-leading quality.

**** Good Growth for Cities Index, 2018, DEMOS-PwC.

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