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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Lizzie Powell MSci Geophysics, 2014

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I chose to study Geophysics because of its more than impressive employability statistics and the prospect of working abroad. As a degree, it offers varied disciplines: from quantum physics and advanced maths to studies of ocean currents and volcanic petrology, and that is in first year alone.

Since coming to the university it is not an uncommon event to read about the lecturers and staff involved in worldwide and groundbreaking research, which only serves to further highlight the calibre of work at the centre.

Having never studied Geology before, it was an intensive yet manageable introduction to the discipline, furthered by the several field trips I have taken part in. The course is quite small in number but it means that you grow to know the other geophysicists well, and the lectures help you to make friends.

My decision to study at the University of Southampton hinged on the pleasant atmosphere of the city and campus and the excellent facilities provided at NOCS. On my open day visit I was impressed by its modern facilities, approachable and knowledgeable staff and students, and strong ties to research.

I have had the opportunity to be involved in the University’s Geological Society, an organisation run by students aiming to provide their fellow course mates with field trips and social events to both help people socialise and gain a wider appreciation of geology as a subject. I have also worked as a tour guide at NOCS showing prospective students around the centre, which has been a fulfilling experience as it gives applicants an opportunity to speak to students who have once been in their position, and hopefully can give them a further nudge towards applying to the university!

The city itself is very pleasant and very green, with plenty of parks, trees, and a large common which is a great place to go on a summer’s day. The UniLink bus route covers the most important areas of the city, running from the airport to NOCS and also to the General Hospital - the first year bus passes you get along with your accommodation in halls are invaluable!

Overall I really enjoyed my time at Southampton. I am now a Digital Marketing Account Manager at Adobe.

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