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Geophysics degrees

Geophysics is a broad subject at the intersection of the major sciences, which allows geophysicists to investigate fundamental questions of the Earth system.

Seismic Processing lab
Seismic Processing lab

Such breadth allows geophysicists to investigate areas such as: the driving forces behind plate tectonics, the evolution of currents within the oceans and atmosphere; and the interactions between the Earth's magnetic field and the solar wind.

The subject has a wide range of practical applications including searching for new energy sources and mineral resources, or studying locations for civil engineering projects, such as offshore wind farms. Geophysics is also relevant to environmental monitoring and for assessing and mitigating natural hazards as well as playing a role in finding solutions to waste management or characterising and protecting the world's water resources.

A Geophysics degree will enable you to study a mix of quantitative and descriptive disciplines that are highly-prized by employers. During your degree you will gain experience using the latest geophysical equipment in the field and also take advantage of the excellent computing facilities for laboratory based data processing, analysis and computer modelling. Our excellent links with industry help students find internships and employment after completing the degree.

Professional Accreditation

Geology and Geophysics degree programmes are accredited by The Geological Society. Current students can apply for Candidate Fellowship and once graduated can apply for Fellowship status.

Why study Geophysics at Southampton?

The National Student Survey (NSS)

In the National Student Survey, Geophysical Sciences consistently receives excellent results

97% of Geology and Geophysics students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course (NSS, 2017)

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“My main highlight of my time at university was getting the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Being able to learn a different range of skills and visit new places on fieldtrips allowed me to expand my horizons even further. I met a great range of people, and developed a new confidence that will be sure to help me in my future work career. ”

Jade Eyles - MSci Geophysics
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