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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonUndergraduate study


We organise a series of induction events at the start of the academic year to help students familiarise themselves with Ocean and Earth Science at Southampton and settle in.

Ocean and Earth Science facilities

Before formal teaching commences you will have the chance to attend a tour of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). You will also attend a health and safety briefing to prepare you for safe practice in the laboratory. We will also explain the necessary administrative procedures.

Other campus amenities

Specialist staff will introduce you to the library and IT services.

Meeting staff and students

Induction events include social activities, which provide an excellent opportunity to meet staff and fellow students. You will meet with your personal tutor when you enrol; after that you will meet three or four times during each term in your first and second year.


Induction week will provide your first experience of fieldwork. Geology and geophysics students take part in a day trip to Lulworth Cove and oceanography and marine biology students go out on Callista, one of our teaching vessels.


Most societies at the University are affiliated to the Students' Union, SUSU.

The main student society on the NOCS Waterside campus is NOCSOC. The Committee organises a big range of social events for all students through the year. It also provides a network for everything from accommodation to volunteering opportunities. You can visit their facebook or contact by email.

One of the most active subject-orientated societies is the Geological Society (GeolSoc), which is an informal society organised by a committee of elected representatives. It organises a variety of social events for students from all years of study as well as a regular series of invited guest lectures.

The Oceanography Society (SeaSoc) is organised by a committee of elected representatives. It includes informal talks on oceanography and related topics in its programme in addition to a range of social events including a Summer Ball.

A student branch of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, a major London-based international organisation that represents geologists and other professionals employed in the minerals industry worldwide also operates from Southampton. Lectures by visiting speakers from the minerals industry and IMM meetings and workshops provide informative insights into the many facets of the minerals industry and highlight possible career options and opportunities.

Southampton also hosts an active student chapter of the international American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). The chapter has organised visiting speakers, a careers fair, and is the hub for the annual Imperial Barrel Award contest.


Oceanography undergraduate field course
Oceanography undergraduate field course
National Oceanographic Library, NOCS
National Oceanographic Library, NOCS

Southampton is a very student orientated city and is a place that is never quiet. With students buzzing around, quite literally everywhere, there is never a disappointing day, or night to be had.

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