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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonPostgraduate study

PhD Integrated (4 years)

Are you passionate about contributing to our understanding of the Earth and its oceans? Do you have a general question or topic in mind? Are you keen on demonstrating this through gaining a higher qualification? Can you bring in skills and knowledge, perhaps gained from some other field? Will you benefit from initial training in research methods?

If so, then our integrated PhD programme may be suitable for you.

Introducing your degree

This is the course page for PhD Integrated at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Integrated and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of PhD Integrated.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

The Integrated PhD offers a structured PhD pathway that includes a wide choice of formal instruction, coupled with an extensive range of specialist research topics across the breadth of the subject. There is a progression from an initial emphasis on instructional modules towards full time research, supported by high quality supervision.

The integrated PhD programme is highly flexible and student-centred, allowing exit at both masters and MPhil levels according to needs and performance.

Our postgraduate research programmes are conducted under expert individual or joint supervision. Supervisors are research-active members of staff with expertise in your area of interest.

The course is particularly suitable for overseas students seeking to convert from other scientific disciplines, and also those who are awarded four-year scholarships through their government or other sources. Please note that there is no funding available for this programme for UK students through the University of Southampton or NERC.

To Apply

You can apply through the University's online application form. Your application will be processed when you have supplied all the required information, including evidence of your qualifications and a research proposal.

Your research proposal should state the topic of your research, the research question(s) you are interesting in answering, and your reasons for undertaking this research (including some theoretical justification and review of relevant research that has been done in the field). You should include your initial ideas about the kinds of data you wish to collect and the proposed methods. The proposal should be referenced and provide evidence of reading around your topic of interest.

We may invite you for interview before making an offer. You can find more details here

Contacts

Postgraduate office, Email: pgafnes@southampton.ac.uk tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4785 

Programme tutor: Professor Damon Teagle

Fees and funding

Standard postgraduate fees for UK/EU and overseas students. Note that funding is not available for this programme from either the University of Southampton or NERC.

Key Facts

Duration: 48 months (full time only)

An integrated programme with formal subject knowledge and research skills teaching leading to an advanced research project

Application timetable is flexible but June is the usual deadline for an October start

Typical entry requirements

Academic

You should have a good first degree or Masters degree (MRes or MSc) from a recognised university. Your degree should be in an appropriate discipline, such as Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics or Physics, or an appropriate joint honours or interdisciplinary degree such as Environmental Science. Occasionally, we accept students with other degree subject backgrounds, such as Engineering or Geography. Exceptionally we admit students with other relevant professional experience.

This degree programme is designed around the needs of students transferring from other science, engineering or related disciplines. If you prefer not to commit to four years of study leading to a PhD, then one of our taught Master's courses may be suitable.

International applicants

If you are an international student you also need to demonstrate an adequate level of English language proficiency. You will need to provide us with evidence that you have achieved an overall score of 6.5 or above on IELTS or equivalent, with no individual score lower than 6.0. It may be possible for you to secure an offer of a place conditional upon achieving this proficiency if you do not have it already.

Mathematics

We expect all students to be numerically competent. We prefer you to have A-level or equivalent in Mathematics, or suitable undergraduate experience.

Selection process

Intake: Variable

Average applications per place: 0

Selection is mainly through evaluation of your online application. We may invite you for interview before making an offer. For applicants based outside the UK, this interview may be by telephone.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

During your first year (full time) you will participate in the Research Training Programme. During Year 2 of the programme, you will combine supervised research with further advanced training in your specialist pathway. You will devote the third and fourth years to full-time research.

Year 1

Semester One

As well as the compulsory modules, you will take two optional modules.

Compulsory
SOES6013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
SOES6014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
SOES6015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
SOES6016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
SOES6018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
SOES6004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6025Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6037Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two

You will take three optional modules, from a selection including those shose shown. These are presented in a 'short fat' (intense) format. They are examined by continuous assessment of course assignments.  As well as the science-based modules, you will be given training in preparing and presenting seminars and posters, using computer-based presentation tools.

Compulsory
SOES6018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
SOES6006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate research degrees vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Explore funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

You will have opportunities for training in various research methods in ocean and Earth science during your registration as a PhD student, plus access to our wide range of generic skills and specialist instructional workshops. You will be encouraged to attend research seminars at NOCS. These are run at different levels, including key seminars from leading visiting scientists.

You will need to demonstrate satisfactory progress at the end of each year. Your supervisor will complete an annual report that takes into account how you have progressed against your agreed targets, which include training and development activities.

Study locations

EEE Building

Highfield Campus, Southampton Education School (B32, B34)

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