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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonUndergraduate study


As an undergraduate you will benefit from the world-class research facilities, educational resources and amenities that make Southampton one of the best learning environments in the UK.

Wider University facilities

The University’s continued investment in research facilities, totalling £200m over four years, has resulted in a number of state-of-the-art buildings. These include the award-winning EEE building, interdisciplinary Mountbatten Building and the Life Sciences Building, which opened in September 2010.

We also have an enviable library service, with five libraries offering a total of 2.6 million publications and a wide range of online resources as well as dedicated study areas and IT facilities.

Information and advice

The Student Services Centre is the central point of contact for all student queries. A dedicated team of trained advisors provides up-to-date advice and information about accommodation, enrolment, exams, fees, funding, graduation and ID cards.

Access to IT

All of our campuses and halls of residence are equipped with state-of-the-art computer facilities. These include high-speed wireless internet access, network points for laptops and public workstations.

Students with a disability, specific learning difficulty or chronic medical condition can take advantage of our specialist equipment and assistive technology. Contact us to get help and advice with student services provision.

Culture and nightlife

The Southampton University Students’ Union (SUSU), located at Highfield Campus, is the hub of the University social scene. SUSU is led by students for the benefit and interest of students. It's here to represent your voice on issues at local, national and international level. It has fantastic facilities and services which provide a thriving social scene for all our different communities of students. All SUSU members also have access to free and confidential advice and support.


The Unilink bus service provides a quick connection for the city’s shops, marinas, bars and restaurants. They also serve the airport, coach and main train stations.

Facilities at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS)

Laboratories and equipment

We have 150 laboratories ranging from large teaching labs to dedicated technical and research activities. As part of our computing facilities, we have a large range of specialised software for geological, geophysical and oceanographic applications. The University maintains two large undergraduate computer clusters in NOCS, which are a major student resource.

With direct access to Southampton Water, our purpose built pontoon provides berthing for our research vessel, R.V. Callista - a 19.75m purpose built catamaran. With 200m of access to the waterfront, NOCS is also the operational base for the UK’s fleet of deep sea research vessels and associated equipment such as ISIS, a remotely operated vehicle capable of sampling the sea bed 6km beneath the surface.

Our research vessels are used for fieldwork and research
RV Callista
RV Callista is unique to Ocean and Earth Science
Students aboard RV Callista

The National Oceanographic Library

NOCS houses the UK’s most extensive collection of oceanographic literature and one of the largest marine science libraries in Europe. The extensive resources contained in the library means it is a revered national resource for the entire UK science community.


The largest marine science library in Europe
Unique facilities
Students in NOL
Students in NOL
The National Oceanograpy Centre Southampton
National Oceanographic Library
National Oceanographic Library

Where will I be?

All Ocean and Earth Science modules are taught on the NOCS Waterfront Campus. Geography, Maths and most other non-Ocean and Earth Science modules are taught on the Highfield Campus. Archaeology and languages are based on the Avenue Campus.

Getting here

Uni-link bus route U1 connects NOCS with Southampton city centre, most halls of residence, train stations and the Highfield Campus. Avenue Campus is just a short walk from Highfield.

Connections between the airport, the city and the halls of residence
Uni-Link bus routes

Research vessel

Our research vessel is based right outside our waterfront campus. You can be from lab to boat in ten minutes.

Research facilities at NOCS

Find out about the extensive research facilities.

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