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Fieldwork

The development of skills in the field is a crucial component of our degrees, as well as being one of the most challenging and rewarding.

Some of the most exciting and educationally-valuable work you will undertake during your time at Southampton will take place on one-day and residential field courses. They allow you to develop observational and technical skills as well as increase your confidence to place theories discussed in lectures into their appropriate context.  Several modules have elements of fieldwork directly attached, including shore and boatwork.

Collaborative and independent research, whether in the laboratory or in the field, comprise a vital part of the training of a Earth or marine scientist, and it is during such investigations that you will acquire the practical and interpretative skills which will be so attractive to potential employers. For this reason all of our courses incorporate extensive field and laboratory work, be this in the form of a half-day data-collecting trip on our research vessels, a one-day geological field excursion, or the longer-term independent research and mapping projects.

 

Field excursions allow you to put the theories you have learnt in lecture theatres and laboratories into real life contexts in the natural world. This practical experience adds another dimension to your learning experience, providing invaluable insights into the workings of the planet and its environments. And, away from the labs and lecture theatres, they are also an opportunity to get to know other students and staff better.

We have a number of residential field trips that take our students to different parts of the world. For example the marine biologists visit the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS), our Oceanographers have a unique ten-day fieldtrip to Falmouth, the geologists will undertake an independent mapping projects and destinations have included Bulgaria, Eire, France Spain and Greece and our geophysics students spend time in Brittany on a week-long field trip course during the summer of their second year.

Geophysics, Brittany Field trip
Geophysics, Brittany Field trip
Marine Biology, Bermuda Field trip
Marine Biology, Bermuda Field trip
Geology Fieldwork
Geology Fieldwork
Oceanography Fieldwork, Falmouth
Oceanography Fieldwork, Falmouth

Nice to know

To help you get the most out of fieldwork, we make sure that you are well prepared in every respect. You will learn a new range of practical skills, as well as safety training.

Geology students bound for Petrich, 80km from Sofia in Bulgaria, have language coaching from a native speaker. This helps with interpreting maps and other local information. It is also handy in the village shop!

Fieldwork locations may change from year to year. Please always check the content of your degree programme.

In my first week we got taken out on a boat and got to do some hands on marine biology, and this level of excitement has not stopped.

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