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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonUndergraduate study

Marine biology fieldwork

All aspects of marine biology require the ability to identify organisms and sample the environment.

Underwater scientific exploration
Underwater scientific exploration

A wide range of formal field coursework is built into our programmes. You will gain skills in inshore and offshore sampling and surveying techniques, using our research vessels.

All students attend two boat-based and one shore-based residential field courses. As a first year student you will attend a Southampton-based field course during the Easter vacation where you will gain a sea survival qualification. Just prior to the start of your second year, you will attend a five to seven day field course, currently based at Dale Fort in South Wales. As a third year student you will attend a 10-day residential field course in Falmouth.

The film below is from our Falmouth field trip which is a ten day residential field trip that our second year marine biology and oceanography students enjoy every year.

 

Master of Marine Biology students attend a 10-day tropical marine course, currently based at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science. This introduces the essential elements of tropical marine biology and the ecological systems of coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass, and provides the opportunity to develop identification and sampling skills.

 

Marine Biology fieldwork
Marine Biology fieldwork
Aurelia aurita jellyfish
Aurelia aurita jellyfish
Simon Hilbourne, MSci Marine Biology graduate
Simon Hilbourne, MSci Marine Biology graduate
Bermuda Fieldhouse 2015
Bermuda Fieldhouse 2015

The video below highlights all the incredible fieldwork opportunities students at Ocean and Earth Science enjoy.

The opportunities are phenomenal. The mixture of theoretical and hands on learning is what I think makes this course so much fun and keeps it interesting.

Marine Biology courses

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