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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonUndergraduate study

How to apply

Once you’ve chosen a course, the next step is to make an application through UCAS, the central processing body for higher education courses.

Our Undergraduate Applications page has a full explanation of the application process.

We strongly encourage you to come to one of our Open Days to get a feel for the University and its facilities.

Faculty application requirements

Each academic unit have their own entry requirements. Find out what we require from applicants below.

Who can I contact about Ocean and Earth Science courses?

For more specific enquiries about Ocean and Earth Science courses, including:

Contact the undergraduate admissions team. Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8310 or by email:

Our specialist admissions tutors are:

What is your policy for mature students?

We are very pleased to consider applicants with non-traditional backgrounds who do not fulfil our normal entry requirements. We treat each application individually and suggest you talk with admission tutors in the early stages of your decision to come to Southampton. We do expect evidence of your commitment in the form of recent relevant study: for example, the University's relevant foundation year course, a minimum of two A2 level science courses, appropriate Open University courses or an appropriate Access course.

Will I have an interview?

If you are UK-based, we will invite you to attend an interview day with the opportunity to see the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) and talk with staff and students. This is normally a pre-requisite before we can make an offer. If you are applying for a four-year MSci involving study abroad, we will always interview before making an offer.

What happens about fees from 2012 onwards?

Since 2012, the government has introduced new funding arrangements for higher education and our fees structure has changed. We have introduced a raft of measures to ensure that we continue to attract the most talented, ambitious students regardless of their financial circumstances.

UCAS tips

Plan and start your application as early as possible. Everything on your UCAS form is important, and it's the one chance you will have for the year of entry.

Keep your personal statement focused towards the course that you're applying for. If you love windsurfing or rock-climbing, show how this relates to marine biology or geology. 

For courses involving more than one subject area, demonstrate your interest in each subject and justify your choice of the combination.

If you're a mature applicant, highlight the experience and skills you've gained outside formal education.

As well as guidance from your tutors at school or college, there is plenty of advice on the web. See our links below!

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