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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Rachel Gaitonde BSc Geology, 2017

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I particularly enjoyed doing my third year independent mapping project in Ireland. It was a great opportunity to apply the skills previously learned during lectures on rock identification and structural geology.

 

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

I chose to study at Southampton as the geology course was based at the National Oceanography Centre [NOC], which has great facilities and research links.  The Visit Day was well organised and friendly and helped to confirm my choice.

What is it like studying here?

The course covers a broad range of topics within geology, which suited me as I had never studied geology before, and it has enabled me to decide on my particular area of interest. The lecturers are enthusiastic about geology and really friendly, and will always answer questions and give extra help if you ask.

How do you rate study facilities at the University?

The NOC library has plenty of space for group and quiet study, and it’s really convenient to have all the books you need for Ocean and Earth Science in the same building as your lectures.

What have been your Southampton highlights?

The range of field trips offered on the course, as well as a wide range of sports and societies to get involved in.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I particularly enjoyed doing my third year independent mapping project in Ireland. It was a great opportunity to apply the skills previously learned during lectures on rock identification and structural geology.

Did you have the opportunity to study modules outside of your core subject area?

In the first and third year, there were opportunities to pick modules from a range of different departments – including maths, geography, biology and oceanography.

Did you stay in University accommodation?

I lived in the university’s Glen Eyre halls in my first year, which is only a 10-minute walk away from Highfield campus. There are lots of events at the start of term so there are plenty of opportunities to make new friends. The bus pass included is really useful!

There are also plenty of privately rented options available if you want to live nearer to NOC in later years.

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

I have been really happy living in Southampton during my degree. The city has great shopping facilities and transport links across the city and to the rest of the country.

What are your aspirations for the future? How will your degree assist with your ambitions?

I hope to work in environmental consultancy in the future, and the fact that the course is accredited by the Geological Society helps towards attaining chartered status, which expands the range of professional opportunities available.

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