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Ocean and Earth science

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Study the science of the Earth and ocean system, from active water column and seabed processes and the ecosystems they support to their record in rocks and fossils. Learn specialist skills for careers that underpin sustainability and energy transition.

Study at our unique Waterfront Campus, based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) - one of the world's largest research and training centres. Work alongside researchers and academics who are exploring today’s toughest challenges in fields like marine biochemistry, physical oceanography and ecology. You'll work in research vessels and take scientific cruises to give you vital practical experience. Our supervisors will mentor you throughout your studies as you gain the expertise needed to take the next steps in your career.

  • Top 40 in the world for Ocean and Earth Science

  • Study at NOCS, one of the world's largest ocean and earth science research and training centres

  • 98%

    of Ocean and Earth Science graduates were in employment or further study 15 months after graduation

    Graduate Outcomes 2020/2021

Ocean and Earth science courses

Choose from a wide range of degrees in ocean and Earth science.

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