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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.

Why study Geophysics at Southampton?

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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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