Postgraduate research

Ocean and earth science

Tutle under blue sea water.

Join our Graduate School of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (GSNOCS). We're an interdisciplinary research community working on the latest topics in ocean and earth science.


GSNOCS is a centre of excellence. We are large, international, scientifically diverse and genuinely interdisciplinary with over 120 registered PhD supervisors and more than 150 PhD students with backgrounds in:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • computer science
  • earth science
  • engineering
  • environmental sciences
  • geography
  • geology
  • geophysics
  • mathematics
  • meteorology
  • natural sciences
  • oceanography 
  • physics

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One-to-one contact with practising researchers is the most important component of postgraduate education. We host a large cohort of academic staff at NOCS involved in supervising our PhD students. There are many hundreds more working in related disciplines across the University.

A supervisory team will mentor and guide you in carrying out your research. An advisory panel will monitor your progress and give additional advice.

Main areas of research

Our research generally focuses on one of these areas:

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